First Look: The intrigue and sex beneath the lies

POLLY KAMUKAMA

It has been massively promoted as a thrilling show full of intrigue, crime and sex.

And now, Beneath the Lies is promising to live up to its hype as seen in its first trailer released on YouTube yesterday.

Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime getting it on in the catchy trailer

Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime getting it on in the catchy trailer

The two-and-half minute clip offers some exciting insights into the much-anticipated Ugandan series, set to premiere on Urban TV next month, with its star-studded cast bringing on their A-game.

It contains a number of brief creatively-shot scenes, including one that charts a very saucy encounter between Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime.

The video opens with black-and-white footage in what appears to be a terrifying dream about a past experience.

Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime, seen here in a cosy scene, are the true stars of 'BTL' trailer.

Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime, seen here in a cosy scene, are the true stars of ‘BTL’ trailer.

In it, the dreadlocked singer Rabadaba, whose character we understand is a sleek gangster, is seen kidnapping two young girls and selling them off for a huge wad of cash.

The teaser then suddenly changes tempo, intermitting a violent burglary with clips of a meeting between two hitmen (comedian Daniel Omara and Kagwa) and a seemingly powerful criminal figure.

Daniel Omara's character as a violent gangster is a far cry from the usual comic we have known him to be.

Daniel Omara’s character as a violent gangster is a far cry from the usual comic we have known him to be.

The figure, a duplicitous lawyer known as Steven Amaru, is played by hunky city socialite and entrepreneur Cedric Babu in his first known acting role.

Babu, who is seen during the meeting ordering the thugs to find a stolen laptop which he says contains valuable and sensitive information, is also co-producing the drama series under his Kinetic Management Company.

A screengrab of ragamuffin Rabadaba as he appears in the 'BTL' trailer.

A screengrab of ragamuffin Rabadaba as he appears in the ‘BTL’ trailer.

Former TV presenter and singer Susan Nava on the other hand cuts a terrifying look complete with an unpredictable temper, gothic-style makeup and a bitchy attitude.

Little is known about the former K’la Wired and Login host’s character, although the trailer presents her as a ruthless brothel madam who tortures fellow women and is not afraid to die even when a man has her pinned at gunpoint.

Flavia Tumusiime and Natasha Sinayobye appear to play the characters of troubled girls kidnapped at a young age and sold into sex slavery.

Flavia Tumusiime and Natasha Sinayobye appear to play the characters of troubled girls kidnapped at a young age and sold into sex slavery.

The series’ other lead actors including Natasha Sinayobye, Hellen Lukoma, Salvador and Daniel Omara also make an appearance, with the latter seen wielding a pistol throughout the bigger part of the video.

But it media personalities Gaetano Kagwa and Flavia Tumusiime who unequivocally steal the show in the fast-paced trailer that has so far commanded over 2,500 views.

The duo, both of them still cutting their teeth in acting following a few past stints in movies, are seen to share a torrid relationship with each other.

Gaetano soon changes character and violently confronts Flavia in the drama's trailer.

Gaetano soon changes character and violently confronts Flavia in the drama’s trailer.

As it appears, Kagwa’s character, a handsome and charming criminal, was hired by Amaru to investigate his ‘wife’ Kamali, played by Tumusiime, about the stolen laptop saga.

Brief details of Kamali’s past life in the trailer seem to suggest that she is one of the kidnapped girls from the opening shot, and that she’s on her last job as Amaru’s sex slave.

But rather than stick to their assigned jobs, Kamali and Kagwa’s character fall in love, with their seedy romance epitomizing in one particular steamy scene.

Susan Nava cuts a terrifying look in the trailer, complete with weird makeup, hot temper and a bitchy attitude.

Susan Nava cuts a terrifying look in the trailer, complete with weird makeup, hot temper and a bitchy attitude.

In that scene, midway the trailer, the frenzied couple is seen in a lavish hotel room romancing wildly before falling onto a bed, one on top of the other, both shirtless.

But Kagwa the thug soon turns on the sexy radio presenter as he violently grills her about the laptop, even grasping her throat in one gritty scene.

In the days leading to the trailer’s release, the drama series’ makers released a nine-and-half minute behind-the-scenes documentary in which the actors discuss the grueling production process and swear that Lies is the best thing to ever happen to Ugandan TV.

Speaking to this blog in an exclusive interview last week, the show’s award-winning Kenyan director David Tosh Gitonga told of how Lies is a true African story that combines different cultures and showcases the evils we face every day.

Its writer and producer, Hollywood-bred Ugandan actress and filmmaker Nana Kagga, has on the other hand described the 12-season show as a game-changer in East Africa.

And the rather catchy trailer couldn’t have come at any better timing than now when it’s barely weeks left to the show’s much-publicized premiere on December 15.

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