Timmy naBhonzo makes comeback

HARARE - Timmy naBhonzo, a ZBC-TV comedy featuring veteran actor Lawrence “Mudhara Bhonzo” Simbarashe and Timothy Tapfumanei which hogged the limelight in the 90s, is making a comeback.

The two actors, mostly remembered for their silly and hilarious pranks, will launch a DVD titled The Return of Timmy naBhonzo” on Friday at Theatre in the Park.

The Timmy naBhonzo comeback is part of efforts to “rescue” main actor Bhonzo who became a destitute when production of the hilarious comedy ceased thanks to the economic hardships ravaging Zimbabwe.

A few months ago, well-wishers came to Bhonzo’s rescue, a situation which prompted Tapfumanei to engage his partner on the comeback.

According to Timmy naBhonzo publicist, Robert Tapfumaneyi, Rooftop Promotions has agreed to let the hilarious duo launch their DVD at no charge.

“The story is on the impact of social media in various aspects of life.

“Be it in the workplace where workers waste productive time while on social media, in church where preachers speak to people busy on their phones. The DVD also looks at how social media has killed face-to-face interaction,” said Tapfumaneyi.

He said the DVD is part of attempts to make Mudhara Bhonzo self-reliant.

“Timmy and some well-wishers mobilised money and groceries after the story on how he was in a bad space came out.

“Timmy then realised that Bhonzo is still talented and that he should make money out of his talent.

“He then went ahead to write the script and gave it to Bhonzo who edited and loved it. Timmy mobilised resources for the film which is two hours long,” he added.

The DVD will be sold for a dollar.

“Mudhara Bhonzo will get his own copies to sell and keep the money just like most musicians are doing. They are selling their works by themselves on the streets.

“We hope the momentum built from this launch will create more demand, enabling Timmy naBhonzo to go back into the studio and shoot another production,” said Tapfumaneyi.

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