A year after leaving the soapie Muvhango, Mutodi Neshehe is still known to many as Ndalamo.
But Neshehe has no regrets. He told Sowetan this week: "Life after Muvhango is fantastic. When I came back to South Africa in 2004 from the US, I wanted to make movies but nobody knew who I was.
"So I had to make a name for myself first. Now when I approach people saying that I want to make a movie, they say: 'Oh, you're that guy [Ndalamo from Muvhango]'.
"Working on the show helped me, as did my appearances in Jacobs Cross and Egoli.
"Life is fantastic. I am writing, directing and producing my own movies. I am now doing what I am passionate about. I do what I love and I love what I do."
Last night saw the screening of Neshehe's first full-length feature movie Southern Cross.
Speaking about the production of 101 minutes, he said: "It has been a long and interesting process to get where we are right now, considering we shot the movie in June 2008."
The R1,3million feature was screened for 119 guests who included the cast, crew, media, a couple of celebrities and distribution partners.
"No one, apart from me, has seen the final edit and I am looking forward to their reactions.
"I appreciate constructive criticism. I want people to tear my work apart so that I can produce better work in the future. I won't be mad nor feel hurt.
"Everybody criticises everybody in this industry. You are bound to hear about it, because someone will have written about it and everyone will have read it."
Southern Cross tells the story of four individuals - Emmanuel Castis, Salamina Mosese, Andrew Stock and Mutodi Neshehe - who live in linear worlds. They never meet but their lives suffer different forms of conflict simultaneously.
The movie was jointly financed by director Kalumbu Kapisa and executive producers Neshehe and his father Joseph.
Neshehe said: "I hope someone will be throwing heaps of money in my direction soon so that I can unleash my passion and just make movies, movies, movies ..."
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