The writer and producer of the new movie ‘Charade’ Anita Tetteh, in an exclusive phone interview with Shine Publications over the weekend, has revealed that the focus of the movie is to highlight the problem of forced marriages in the society; as well as offer possible solutions to them. She said that her motivation to produce the movie came from her observation of the silent cry for true happiness from couples entangled in such marriages. According to her, ‘Charade’ which is a romantic comedy featuring top Ghanaian actors namely Jackie Appiah, Roselyn Ngissah and comedian ‘Kalybos’, will educate as well as entertain.
The producer and screenwriter of the yet to be released movie ‘Charade’ Anita Tetteh, said that ‘fake marriages’ are real in Ghana and need to be looked at. “I read a lot and I also hear a lot of stories about people who pretend to be a committed married couple in public, but live totally separate lives when at home. This is happening in Ghana; some people hide it and some don’t. So, I wondered why can’t people be honest to themselves in order to be happy? Then, I realized that it’s the pressure and demands from the society. So, I wanted to write about it to see if people can relate to it and maybe, I can also offer possible solutions”, she explained.
Anita Tetteh added that she hoped the movie ‘Charade’ would impact society positively. She therefore, mentioned things she hoped to change. “I wish parents wouldn’t force their children into marriages, and young people also wouldn’t give into the pressure of getting married from society; especially when they are growing older. And, those who are already in such a marriage, I wish they would try to find better solutions to this than pretending in public. They can also watch this film and see how the characters solved this problem and maybe it can also work for them”, she said.
‘Charade’ is a story of two families who came together to marry their daughter and son as a fulfillment of their long wish to be together themselves; but, which couldn’t become reality as a result of life’s unpredictable nature. Both children agree to the arrangement put of respect and love for their parents. However, they also agree to live separate individual lives despite being married and staying under the same roof. Their decision results in a game between them and their parents.
The movie ‘Charade’ was shot within 7 days and directed by celebrity Ghanaian filmmaker Kobi Rana. The producer and screenwriter of the movie Anita Tetteh is a 2017 product of the National Film and Television Institute.
‘Charade’ is scheduled to premiere later this year on leading online movie streaming platforms.
By Jerry Wonder