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Cindy impresses in acting debut

Since Matt Bish released State Research Bureau (SRB) almost ten years ago, a lot has changed with the local film industry.

The Ugandan government courtesy of the Uganda Communications Commission has since started a film festival and through Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice awards, Uganda has at least bagged a continental film accolade.

Recently, at the plush Victoria hall of Serena hotel, Bish premiered probably his most ambitious project yet, with a star-studded cast, promising trailer and career-firsts for some in his cast.

Cinderella Sanyu speaks at Bella premiere

The film was Cinderella Sanyu alias Cindy’s very first time acting and its selling point as many were curious about her; true to her artistry, she puts up a spirited performance which made many believe that regardless of how the movie fares, it may have opened doors for the dancehall artiste.

Bella is a simple Cinderella story; in fact, besides meeting Prince Charming, it is a mirror of many rags- to-riches tales just that this particular one is told with a musical string to it.

It tells the story of a girl that leaves the village after her impossible father (Abby Mukiibi) has allegedly killed her mother during a fight. Together with another child, they jump onto a track to the city whose streets they stay on until they are separated by death.

The girl grows into a woman on the streets, going around asking for food and at times singing for it. It is a music-driven story with a girl that uses her voice to survive a cruel city.

The cast and crew cut cake at the premiere

And Cindy was amazing throughout; she managed to make the audience forget her dancehall self to appreciate and buy the emotions of Bella.

“I received the script almost a year before we started shooting. I read it and understood it,” she had earlier told The Observer.

Being a first-time actor, she embarked on acting classes.

“I was still intimidated by the cast, these were all professionals and yet I was supposed to be the lead.”

Bella’s strongest point is brilliant photography executed by actor-turned-photographer Pryce Joel Okuyo, and the strong cast that also features Simon Base Kalema, Stella Nantumbwe, Roger Mugisha and Judith Heard, among others.

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