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Melusi Yeni’s portrayal mirrors his real life experiences

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Melusi Yeni’s portrayal mirrors his real life experiences

In the television show “Smoke & Mirrors,” Melusi Yeni embodies the character of a committed detective who turns to alcohol for comfort. His performance resonates deeply with many men in Mzansi who silently battle their issues by drowning them in alcohol.

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Moreover, Melusi Yeni, a seasoned actor with over twenty years of experience in the field, is thrilled to take on a character that deviates from his usual business-focused roles. This demanding part in his range of performances brings immense satisfaction to the 46-year-old artist from KwaMashu, situated close to Durban.

“I’ve been in the acting industry for a long time. Looking back at my previous roles, I realise most were business-related. Now, I’m a detective dealing with personal issues in secret. Although he works hard, his heavy drinking could jeopardize his job. Acting drunk is not easy. It’s very challenging, which is why I enjoy it,” Melusi explained.

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The skilled actor relocated from KwaMashu to Joburg in 2006 to follow an acting career path. By 2008, he secured his initial starring part as Mabutho Sokhulu, a lawyer partnering with his sibling in a practice. Since then, he has featured in more than 10 TV series such as: Generations, Imbewu: The Seed, Tshisa, Isifiso, Sibongile & The Dlaminis, Home Affairs, and The Wild.

Melusi mentioned that many men have approached him about his current character.”Initially, I didn’t realize how much my character and storyline would impact men. Many suffer in silence. Watching detective Phakathi gives them comfort and a lesson. It’s gratifying to know that the character I portray touches lives,” Melusi shared.

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Alaa Hamdy

Professional entertainment content writer in Hanover, South Africa. I know all the secrets of celebrities

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