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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Elvis Chuks’ 'True Citizen' set to hit the Cinemas on Good Friday, 6th April

Elvis Chuks’ all-star movie titled “True Citizens” is set to hit the cinemas on Good Friday, 6th of April, 2012. Lovers of the Nollywood movie industry are therefore set to have a delightsome Easter celebration as this movie features a host of stars which includes, Uti Nwachukwu (BBA all Stars Winner), Alex Usifo, Brian Okwara, (Ex Mr. Nigeria), Clareth Onukogu, (Miss Nigeria U.S.A), Keneth Okolie (Mr World 2nd Runner Up), Clara Iweh (Face of Unveil) and Melvin Odua (Mr Nigeria 2011, 1st Runner Up) amongst many other actors. 
 
The movie reflects the spirit of the true citizens who can make it through dint of hardwork instead of meddling in illegal practice. “True Citizens” is a movie that centers on youths, their dreams, aspirations and objectives in life. The movie is one that lots of Nollywood lovers have been looking forward to for quite a while and many individuals will be delighted that its release coincides with the Easter celebration.




This will give Nollywood lovers ample opportunity to go the various cinema houses across the country during the holidays and watch the movie. Also, the movie is set to attract a lot of interest because of the appearances of such stars as Bryan Okwara who impressed in the movie “I’ll Take My Chances” and Uti Nwachukwu, who has been getting a lot of positive attention in the media lately. 
 
According to the producer of the movie, “it was very interesting having all these people in one movie. People were like how did you do it? But we thank God we are through with the production. We will hit the cinemas soon and we like the response so far. We believe that every Nigerian youth will have one or two things to learn from this movie.” 
 
The movie dwells on the challenges that young individuals and how they strive to discover their talents and utilizing it, rather than partaking in unlawful business. Their journey is not an easy one in their strife to excel against various obstacles. The actor cum producer and director of the movie says the movie is set to impress a lot of Nollywood admirers’ come April.
 
Three of the cast shared their experiences;
TRUE CITIZENS IS WORTH THE MILLIONS-ELVIS CHUKS( ACTOR,PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR)
WHAT INSPIRED TRUE CITIZEN?
My script writer, Kunle Salau broght it to my office as a family story in the original script concept and I sent it to script writing screening in South Africa. And the review was good and actually motivational for the youth, especially in places where youths has to struggle agaist all odds to stand out without soiling their hands. I said it is okay and I felt it will be good to use people that an average Nigerian will see as a role model. That is why we used the likes of Uti, Brian, Kenneth and Melvin. They are people every youth wants to be like. So with that we will be able to achieve the aim of the script, and at the same time pass the message to the youth.
WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE ON SET?
It was very interesting having all these people in one movie. People were like how did you do it? But we thank God , we are through with the production. We will hit the cinemas soon. We like the response so far and we believe that every Nigerian youth will have one or two things to learn from this movie.
YOU ARE WELL KOWN IN SUPER STORY, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO PRODUCE AND DIRECT?
I feel blessed. I feel blessed that I am ale to impact my genetation and the next generation. I do not see any difference being in front and behind the camera, what matters is the desire and drive and love you have for what you do. That is what make the difference.
TELL US THE SECRET BEHIND YOUR SUCCESS?
Knowing what you want, getting the right people to interpret whatever role. People who are going to see this movie will marvel at the actors displaying their skills. They would be shocked with what they would see.
HOW MUCH DID IT COST YOU TO PRODUCE THIS MOVIE?

HOW MUCH DID IT COST YOU TO PRODUCE THIS MOVIE?
I can’t tell because we spent close to two months in location. So, I have lost count of how much we spent on the movie. Uti has to go for JARA show, so you can imagine how patient to shoot and slowly getting the interpretation. The lead character, Clara came in from London. So I have lost count of how much I actually spent really.
WOUD YOU SAY IT IS WORTH IT?
Yes, it is in the sense that we are putting the fresh breath of air in the movie industry by bringing up this fantastic people. Take a look Brian Okpara in I WILL TAKE WY CHANCES when I wathed it at the cinema, I was really immersed. So , having this young actors who have so much to offer and the best thing to do is to give them that platform to express their God giving talent.
WHEN IS IT COMING OUT?
True Citizen is coming out to the cinema on April 6, that Is Good Friday. It would be in cinemas in lagos, Abuja and port Harcourt.



IT IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE-MELVIN ODUA
CAN YOU MEET YOU?
My name is Melvin Odua. I am from Delta State, a ggraduate of industrial Chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt. I can describe myself as a young, talented, dedicated person.
HOW IS LIFE AFTER GUS 6?
It has been awesome. We thank God for everything. Youth in Nigeria have the culture of moving on to achieve certain things. So far, so good. It’s been for me.
For instance, the productin we just finished, TRUE CITIZEN coming to the cinemas soon. It’s just a stepping stone for me. A lot of special things will be coming out from me soon.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST SHOT IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY?
No, this is not my first shot. I delved into movie when I featured in HAPPY FAMILY. Though it is a soap opera, that was my first major work and I got a lot of support. That is what me into limelight.
ANY AWARD SO FAR?
Yes. I actually just won an award recently.
HOW DID YOU GET THE ROLE YOU PLAYED IN TRUE CITIZEN AND WHICH PARTICULAR ROLE DID YOU PLAY?
After I did happy family which is a soap opera an also won an award through it, I called for the casting and I met up to the demand. I was given the script, when I got it, I went through it and took it as something. I just have to do and I put in everything that I have to make it work. I played the role of Akpo.
Akpos is a footballer, he is a jester and also known for his unserious attitude. The good thing about Akpo is that no matter what he wants in life and I believe that particular character fit into my life style personally. I, make people laugh but at the same time, I know when to keep my head straight, when to loosen up and to keep tight.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE?
The experience is wonderful. Being in a production where you have so much young talentend guys around and good director who is very understanding. It is a wonderful experience.
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS?
My success is based on only one thing and that is God. He has been seeing me through all this while and has never turned back.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE PAINS AND GAINS SO FAR?
Definitely there have been pains. You know climbling this ladder, there are lot of things involved. When you need something and at the end you don’t get it, it’s going to be very painful and when you look at it that you put a lot of resources, those are major pains invoved. The gains is the fame and the popularity that comes with it, and the fact that people appreciate what you are doing.
WHAT HAS LIFE TAUGHT YOU?
Life has taught me that you oght to achieve what you want to achieve, even when you are looking at it. it has taught me patience, tolerance and endurance.


TRUE CITIZENS CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ABOUT POLICE- KENNETH OKOLIE( MR NIGERIA 2010)
HOW HAS LIFE BEEN AFTER MR. NIGERIA AND MR. WORLD FAME?
I hakve been very busy. It has been a blissful experience. I am an actor, a model and I run my own event management company. The pageant has given me a platform to make some dreams come true.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE PAINS AND GAINS SO FAR?
I have lots of gains because I have landed so many movie roles. I have landed good jobs and I’ve started my own firm. It’s been a lot of achievements.
YOU ARE ONE OF THE CASTS OF TRUE CITIZEN, HOW DID YOU CLINCH THE ROLE?
True Citizen is a very intelligent movie. It’s a great story that relates to the situation in the society. I acted the role of Solomon who was a police officer and you know the police officer has a bad reputation here in Nigeria. Sincerely, prior to the role, I didn’t like the police. Although, among many there are few bad eggs. I portrayed their reputation. They are also called to serve and there are good ones among the bad eggs. These are the good citizens we are celebrating.
HOW EXACLTLY DID YOU CLINCH THE ROLE FOR THE MOVIE?
Maybe due to the numerous roles I have done, I got an audition for the movie. And I was told to play the role and I did it fine and the rest is history.
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?
It was challenging but fun. I have to go to the office on week days and go for rehearsals on weekends. It was challenging, and if you watch the movie, you will discover I have lost a lot of weight. But it was worth it. I am grateful for the producer for giving the chance to act in the movie. The experience was sweet because it brought young and vibrant achievers together to project a vision worthy of emulation in the society.
WOULD YOU SAY YOUR PERSPECTIVE ABOUT POLICE HAS CHANGED?
Yes,it has. When I see them now,my heart goes to them because I understand the rigours they go through everyday.

See promo below...




True Citizen on face book @  http://www.facebook.com/pages/True-Citizens/223345261062908

14 comments:

BLOGLORD said...

Linda ur PR for ds movie nor be moi moi ohhh!
ah ahnn we haff hear naw... lol

Bamidele said...

I CAN'T WAIT TO BE AT THE CINEMA! Uti Bobo , my main guy

Anonymous said...

Let's all hope Ben Bruce doesn't extend the screeing beyond contractual agreement!!...mmhh without paying

wazobiaplusmore said...

Typical tribalistic igbo dudes. His whole cast are nna's and nne's. To go and read book, they won't read. Its things like fashion and acting they always excel at. Why didn't u cast other tribes? Eh? Hisssssssss

Anonymous said...

I am, the no Sender.

Concept is very commendable. Hope it's as good as the revs sound. Not into Nollywood though and know relatively of the sector but this particular movie is kinda tempting that I might just go see it.

Anonymous said...

The clique is not complete!some pple re missn...they shld ve casted all d niaja male models na!mtschewwwww...

Anonymous said...

Truth is dt I hate naija male models so muchhhhh!like modelln is a career for guys in ds country!smh!and they will be forming one tn one tn!its now nollywood invasion I guess...ds movie will be a total flop!bryan tries!we all knw uti can't act shit!as for the rest...oh well...I comment my reserve

Anonymous said...

Diz iz a must watch!wuld luv to see hw they all acted. Kudos to Elvis Chukz. Oda producers shuld learn frm dis guy instead of producing crap 4 Us

Mmakamba said...

is it about putting all the Mr Nigeria winners or contestants in one movie?

Feyi said...

Ha! Aunty Linda, please try check the grammar for your posts na. Tiaun too plenty for this one, please.
BTW, if I'm allowed to make comments (which I rarely do), please try upgrade this ur blog small so that we can reply to other peoples' comments like Bella Naija. Not fair that readers have to use their brains to sort out who's replying to who. Just so you know, the comments on your posts is part of why many people keep coming back.
Bye :)

Anonymous said...

This film will definitely be a thumbs down.

Anonymous said...

I am, the no Sender.

And I suppose say you go school you wey dey comment. You do not even know that there is a difference between 'its' and it's' abi? Educated but illiterate. Igbophobia will eat you up, you cretin. I suppose Alex Usifo if Ibo too, right? Or perhaps your inability to read made it impossible for you to understand that the script writer is not Ibo? By the way if you are so agitated what stops your poverty ridden pocket from producing a film where you'll cast your own tribe's men? It's not possible because you're intellectually deficient to come up with an idea that can interest the simplest of persons, talkless of a script. You better take to the back seat of life, you miserable primary 6 drop out looser.

tolu the pundit said...

i must say i was very disappointed with the movie.........fely like i wasted my money at cinema........the guys werent actors........they were just overrated celebs who cudnt inteprete a very good story......

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