Adekunle Gold’s wife, Simisola joined a host of upper echelon Nolly-Yoruba actors on the set of Mokalik and her fans are drooling over her brilliant performance. Former Miss Ogunleye, played the role, Simi in the movie, and she didn’t fail to soothe nerves with her sweet voice in various scenes.

Mokalik is basically a one-location movie, about ninety-eight percent of all that you will see in this film was shot at a mechanic village, which lends credence to why it was so titled. The story is about the experience of an 11-year old boy, whose father tried to scare into taking his academics more seriously, by letting kiss him the flip side. Ponmile spend a full-day as an apprentice at the very labourous mechanic workshop, and the plot is all about his experience.

The film started off with Mr Ogidan (played by Femi Adebayo) dropping off Ponmile, with the chairman of the automobile mechanic site, on the instruction that he makes him serve under masters at all the specialty areas in autoworks. This was intended to be a ‘day in hell’ for this middle-class boy, who has enjoyed the best of life till that point. The young boy came to the workshop chauffeured in an air-conditioned SUV, his lunch packed, took with him a clean, bespoke, well-tailored coverall, only to be awakened to the mediocre, shabby lifestyle of the folks at the village. But Ponmile quickly settled in, not without showing his poise, knowledge and dept of understanding.

The plot follows him learning under a mechanic, a ‘rewire’ and a painter. During his time, he met Kamoru, Erukutu, Tiri, Simi, who all had an impact on him. Kamoru was a long-stay apprentice of Argentina, the mechanic, who seem to have a sense of details, but has failed to meet the requirements for graduation after many years, because of poor understanding and judgment. Ekurutu, was an apprentice with the ‘rewire’, who is easily aggravated and excessive. Erukutu and Kamoru are standing enemies, who are always at each other’s throat, because of a rivalry to get Simi’s love. Simi, on the other hand is betrothed to Goke (played by BBNaiija’s Tobi Bakre), a mechanic whose graduation was imminent. Ponmile is also caught up in the emotional circle, as his young heart is drawn to Simi’s sonorous voice and peaceful demeanor, a quality alien to the jungle setting of the village. He could relate better with her and fantasized about dating her, an emotion Simi helped him manage.

Ponmile’s experience spanned the learning of the crude technicalities of automobile engineering, the lowly life of autoworkers, the gist and gossips at the food canteen (owned by Simi’s mother), the vagaries of customers’ experience and the bulk of life that revolves around that community. As a young boy, he had nursed the ambition to learn handiwork, and with the first-hand experience, coupled with Simi’s ‘chase your dream’ advice, Ponmile found his path eventually. At the end of the day, Mr Ogidan, was appalled when his son chose to pursue apprenticeship at the mechanic village, when he required him to choose between school and the village, after his full-day of apprenticeship.

Mokalik features Femi Adebayo, Fathia (Balogun) Williams, Samuel Oludayo Akinpelu, Abdulateef Adedimeji, Charles Okocha, Samuel Ajibola, Wale Akorede, Simisola Ogunleye, Tobi Bakre, and Wale Akorede. These are mostly the top-ten percentile of Nolly Yoruba and like always, they delivered a good job. Simi’s role was in her comfort zone. Her soft persona and musical prowess were already painted into role, she delivered with no surprise. Ayo Adesanya showed up just in one scene, but not any less worth seeing. It was the usual Femi Adebayo in this movie, and there isn’t much to note about his role. Fathia also had a one-scene input that made sense, same for comic act, Charlse Okocha and Tobi Bakre.

Samuel Oludayo Akinpelu had a come back in this movie. The veteran Nolly Yoruba actor, who was recently reported to be dying of stroke, still pulled off the role of Argentine, the mechanic so well. The new toast of Yoruba movie Abdulateef Adedimeji, was reduced to an apprentice in this movie, taking a second-fiddle role to Toni Afolayan, who played Ponmile. Toni is Kunle’s nephew and another breakout star from the prolific Afolayan clan.

Favourite actor is definitely Wale Akorede, the ‘rewire’! He is a natural humorist. He also features in our favourite scene, where a customer, Charles Okocha, returned his malfunctioning car, which was earlier repaired at the workshop. All the electronic buttons had been messed up, and you need to see how horns launched the wipers and so forth.

Kunle Afolayan said he found a new cinematic camera by Canon best for the shoot. Afolayan said he wanted a flexible camera with high grade and multiple functions and he saw that in the Canon EOS C300 Mark II camera, with which the movie was shot. The results are obvious! The production is premium quality.

The movie was also directed by Kunle Afolayan, and as expected, it is above average.

This movie is largely epic. It is said to have been born out of Kunle Afolayan’s one day experience with his son at a mechanic village. Storyline is original to the extent of its uniqueness among Nollywood old and new shelf. Though, the story bothers a common reality in Nigeria, but the mechanic workshop experience, for the first time, is getting a big screen view.

The movie’s soundtrack is okay, props and effect are above average, make-up and costume at par with the current industry standard.

What stands Mokalik out is the video and audio quality. It is an Afolayan-Ogidan standard, and that’s always guaranteed to be world-class.

NolyTrailers’ rating for this movie is 3.5 stars!

We spoke to Kolade, Hafisat, Tayo, Faith and Enitan shortly after seeing this movie at Filmhouse Cinemas, Leisure Mall, Surulere. A summary of their views are given below (kindly see video for full review).

The general consensus is that Mokalik is a good movie to watch, it is humorous and worth their time and money. The cast is adjudged to be great; Simi is singled out for a good performance on her very first movie set. The storyline is judged to educational, and production is of given a high quality mark. Favourite actors according to viewers are Ponmile (Toni Afolayan), Simi (Simisola Ogunye), Lateef Adedimeji and Wale Akorede.

Mokalik is a great Yoruba-titled Nollywood movie to watch (aptly subtitled in English). Though you should manage your expectations, because, as rightly noted by one of the viewers, you may be looking out for a climax that will never come.

On a lighter note, Argentina, the alias of the mechanic in the movie was coined from ‘Aje’ in Yoruba, which means wizard. He is said to be an ‘Aje’ of Engines, hence, Argentina.

Go see this movie if you need a comedy therapy.

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