By Juliet Ebirim
A feel good comedy, PayDay follows the story of two best friends and flatmates, Paul and Ortega, who just before they renew their yearly rent lost their Landlord suddenly, and seemingly without any heir apparent. The young men seize upon the unfortunate but good opportunity to ‘enjoy’ a little.
Unfortunately, the Landlord’s daughter shows up and gives the boys a 24-hour notice to pay up or quit. They embark on an overnight scheme to recover the rent leading to a dangerous encounter.
Produced by Orwi Manny Ameh, written and directed by Cheta Chukwu, the movie features actors including Big Brother Naija Season 2 runner-up – Bisola Aiyeola, Baaj Adebule, Comedian Ebiye Victor, Mawuli Gavor, Meg Otanwa and Zack Orji.
Revolutionary director, Cheta Chukwu echoes the newly formed perspectives of cinema goers in Nigeria, who are more concerned about resourceful stories rather than the faces, as he rowed his boat to a totally new direction by making use of young and talented actors in his cinema debut, PayDay.
“I want to tell African stories not just for Nigerians, but the global audience. With the success of Black Panther, the world has started paying attention to African Cinema and I feel that as filmmakers it is our duty to tell stories that are originally African to the world. Pay Day promises a story like you have never seen before; a feel good comedy and an extraordinary acting skill.”
Sharing his experience on set, Adebule who played one on the flatmates, Paul said that this is his first time doing comedy adding that the set was more like an adventure to him. “It took a lot of learning, research and patience. Interpreting comedy requires getting your timing right else your audience miss the joke. Shooting the movie however took longer than planned because sometimes planning can go wrong. We shot both in Lagos and Abuja and a lot of night shoots too, at the end it was all worth it.”
PayDay will be hitting the cinemas tomorrow Friday July 13, 2018.