“It’s a world full of intense emotions,” says filmmaker and producer Mandla N of Mzansi Magic’s brand-new drama series Vula Vala, which airs Sundays on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 20:00.
Set in the city of gold, Johannesburg, Vula Vala follows the story of a young man named Mzikayise “Mzi” Mkhize (Khanyisani Kheswa), who arrives from Ladysmith, in KZN, to work in his uncle Bheki’s (Sello Zikala) supermarket wholesaler to make money and hopefully pursue his dream of becoming a soccer star. “But with a past full of skeletons that he doesn’t even know about, becoming a successful player and building a new life will not come that easily for Mzi,” adds Mandla N, who also produced the popular Mzansi Magic prison drama Lockdown.
The first episode of this intriguing drama series kicked off in shocking style with Uncle Bheki being tortured, then executed in a pig stye. It was jaw-dropping cinematics, but that’s exactly how Mandla N likes it. “It is important to keep the viewers in an uncomfortable position, because that is how you keep their attention,” explains the producer.