Mokalik (Mechanic) Nollywood Movie By Kunle Afolayan
Mokalik is a yoruba nollywood movie produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. The multi award winning film maker is known to be an admirer of the Yoruba culture and history. He follows the path of his Father who was also a popular film maker in the 70s and 80s. Since his debut in Nollywood, he has many blockbuster movies to his credit such as the CEO, Figurine (Aromire), Phone Swap, October 1st and many others.
The latest of his creativity is “Mokalik” also known as “Mechanic” in English. In Mokalik, talented songstress, Simisola Ogunleye Kosoko, popularly known as “Simi” made her debut Nollywood apppearance alongside Kunle Afolayan’s Nephew “Tooni Afolayan”.
Mokalik explores the events that happens in a mechanic workshop. The movie tells a story of Ponmile, who was taken to a mechanic workshop for a day in order for him to view life from the another perspective. His father decided to take him to the workshop because he was not performing well in school and he is expected to make up his mind if he still wants to continue enjoying the middle class formal education or to become a mechanic apprentice.
Of course at the end of an interesting day at the mechanic workshop, he learnt new things and met different kind of people with different characters.
The movie wouldn’t have make sense if English language was adopted. This is not because the title is in Yoruba but the onscreen representation of the various human characteristics in a mechanic setup. The yoruba lingo allows the nuances of a typical South Western Nigeria mechanic village to settle so sweetly in the movie.
We all know Kunle is a renowned director and he once again showed that he is one of the best director in the Industry. The movie features veteran and reigning yoruba actors and actresses who played their respective roles perfectly. The likes of Alabi Yellow, Ayo Ogunshina (Papi Lolo), Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe), Femi Adebayo, Lateef Adedimeji, Fathia Balogun Williams, Razaq Olayiwola (Ojopagogo) and others. Lateef Adedimeji enjoys more screentime and his skills and brilliant acting plays a big part in retaining the entertainment and comic value of Mokalik.
Even though the movie is educative and it didn’t fall below expectations but at the same time, I expected the use of the slang “Mecho” as this is common in mechanic workshops rather than “mechanic” which was used frequently in the movie. Also, Damilola Odunsi and Samuel Ajibola strugled with speaking Yoruba. I will accept this as a reflection of today’s society and many of the young generation either speak their local languages with struggle or they do not speak at all.
Former BB Naija house mate, Tobi Bakre and rapper Charles Okocha were also featured in the movie. A major weakness in the movie is the pacing of story. It makes it seem some of the actors were concerned about adding more to their screen time and me in particular thought the movie lost focus at some points.
Simisola who is the female lead struggle to adapt in the first 3 scenes. She later get along as she get more sreen time. This is not bad for as a debutant in a movie.
Pat Nebo assisted Kunle with the directing while Kunle Adejuyigbe did a commendable work with the photography. One area that was not too impressive is the sound and this has always been a major problem in all Nigerian movies.
In all, Mokalik is one of the best films that has strolled into the cinema this year, and it’s sure to keep you happy for every bit of time spent to watch it.
Overall, Mokalik is one of the best movie that has strolled into the cinema this year. One will definitely enjoy every bit of time spent to see this educative movie produced by Kunle Afolayan.
Mokalik Netfix Acquisition
On 3rd of July, it was reported that the popular America streaming giant, Netflix, has acquired “Mokalik”. This was disclosed by Afolayan in an interview with NAN on the French-Nigerian Cinema days held at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to him, (Afolayan), Netflix acquired some other his movies like Phone swap and others. He did not disclose the value Netflix paid him for the acquisition but we believe it is a very good deal for the two parties.
Movie Full Cast and Crew
- Written by Tunde Babalola
- Produced by Kunle Afolayan
- Directed by Kunle Afolayan and Pat Nebo
- Music by Kentoxygen Egunjobi
- Cinematography by Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe
- Edited by Joseph Duke
- Femi Adebayo as Mr. Ogidan
- Halimat Adegbola as Mama Goke
- Ayo Adesanya as Ireti
- Faith Afolabi as Emeka Girlfriend 1
- Darimisire Afolayan as Larondo
- Tooni Afolayan as Ponmile
- Dayo Akinpelu as Ajentina
- Banke Akinterinwa as Emeka Girlfriend 2
- Wale Akorede as Baba Nepa
- Razaq Olayiwola
- Tobi Bakre as Goke
- John Bala as Baba Goke
- Fathia Balogun Williams as Iya Mulika
- Jumoke George as Iya Simi
- Simi Ogunleye Kosoko as Simi
- Ayo Ogunshina as Chairman
- Damilola Ogunsi as Obama
- Toyosi Oguntoye as Otunba
- Charles Okocha as Emeka
- Lateef Oladimeji as Tiri
- Samuel Olasehinde as Erukutu
- Rasaq Olayiwola as Taofeek
- Jide Opoola as Uber driver
- Feyi Sheotan as Mulika
- Hamzat Sheriffdeen as Kamoru
- Adenike Temiloluwa as Iya elewa agoyin
Video File Information
Filesize: 245.42 MB
Audio Language: Yoruba