AWEH: Irshaad Ally, 40, says there’s a negative side to his playing a skollie to perfection

Cape Town’s favourite skollie Irshaad Ally is back on the big screen and, mense, this bra is smoking hot!

Irshaad hit the spotlight for his role in Four Corners, and this time he plays the lead role in the new thriller, Nommer 37.

The movie, which hits cinemas on 1 June, is set in the fictional Haven Mansion on the Cape Flats.

This is also the feature film debut of director Nosipho Dumisa, best known as a producer of the popular local soapie Suidooster on kykNET.

She explains: “Nommer 37 looks through the eyes of a former petty criminal, who has been spat out by the very world he once thrived in and left to observe it from the outside.

“It’s about everything that could go wrong for a couple when depression, curiosity, greed, fear and horrific bad decision-making collide.”

Irshaad, 40, from Maitland, plays the role of Randal Hendricks, recently left a paraplegic, who feels trapped in his apartment. His girlfriend Pam (Monique Rocman) gives him a pair of binoculars for his birthday. 

SCENE: Drama in Cape Flats movie

He is in financial debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a sadistic loan shark, and then he sees something that could change his life.

Randal witnesses a powerful criminal, named Lawyer (David Manuel), commit murder and decides to blackmail him in an attempt to settle his debt, ma’ chaos follows. 

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Voice, Irshaad says playing the role of a thug comes easy to him because he was a stoute laaitie growing up in Woodstock.

“I grew up as a naughty boy, involved in gangsterism and drugs in Woodstock and was regularly in trouble,” he reveals. “I was the boy you’ll find roaming on the (Grand) Parade during the week because I was expelled from school. So I can relate to the roles I play in movies, always a thug mos.”

While in his twenties, he got a job as a toilet cleaner on the Sea Point Promenade and then became a driver for an advertising agency.

He worked himself up to become a manager at a design studio, where he also got starring roles in various adverts. He then landed a spot on Survivor SA, before becoming a presenter on SABC2’s Pasella for four years. 

Irshaad says the only downside to playing the role of a thug so thoroughly is the bad influence it has on kids.

“Kids tend to get attached to the slang and ways played by my role. They never see or acknowledge the last part of the role where the thug or villain gets rehabilitated or dies because of their actions,” he adds.

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