- Losing Lerato is a local film by actor and producer Kagiso Modupe and it's doing better than he dreamed
- The film is independent and wasn't funded by anyone - it was expected to fail
- However, the film has been a massive success and has grossed R4.1 million in 5 weeks
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Actor and producer, Kagiso Modupe, was proud of his latest film, Losing Lerato, even before it was to be released in theatres. Although it couldn't air in Botswana due to red tape, it was still a huge moment for him.
Since the film started showing on 13 September, it has been making waves as a really great story told in an effective way.
The film has exceeded all expectations and did amazing in cinemas, and Kagiso says he knew it would succeed despite the many doubts from others.
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IOL News reports Kagiso said:
"I remember a time when we were told we probably won’t last even a week in cinemas and probably won’t even make R200k because we are independent and weren’t funded by anybody."
Losing Lerato has managed to gross an impressive R4.1 million in just the 5 weeks it has been showing.
Briefly.co.za gathered that it surpassed international films such as Fast and the Furious and Hustlers - a first for a local and independent film in Mzansi.
The film pulled off this awesome feat after not opening in 65 cinemas as normal films do, but only 39. What a wow.
Kagiso happily said:
"I am so proud of what we have achieved because we didn’t open in 65 cinemas like most films. We were limited to only 39 cinemas because we were independent and were not seen as credible producers. From screening in limited cinemas we were able to achieve all this.
"Imagine if we had opened on all 65 cinemas? We would be sitting on R8 million now. I am really excited because we really fought against all the odds and obstacles and the results are showing."
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