Heart of Men, which features the crème de la crème of Ghanaian movie stars including Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari, among others, is rated PG 18. It is not suitable for viewers below 18-years of age.
The movie tells the story of a young, successful but ambitious actor, Richie Adams (Majid), who stumbles into his old friend Tracy (Yvonne). Richie was interested in Tracy but his rich friend, played by John Dumelo, was quick to move in on her first.
Tracy falls for Richie and together they scheme to get rid of her husband so they can be together and enjoy his wealth. Will the two see their evil dreams come true?
Heart of Men is directed by Frank Rajah Arase.
For those that live in Ghana, the movie will premier on Friday September 25 at the Silverbird Cinema...
Heart of Men tells a story of a young, ambitious and a successful actor Richie (Majid Michel) who stumbles on an old friend Stacey (Yvonne Nelson). Majid got interested in her but his rich friend Kwaku Boadu (John Dumelo) was quick to “net” her.
Majid and Yvonne schemed a plan to get rid of John so they can be together and enjoy his wealth. The two seem successfully initially in their plan to wed but the promiscuous life of the groom threatened to mar the ceremony. His previous mistresses who got to know about the planned wedding are determined to get the last bit of their once loved dude, some with pregnancy.
Whiles he (Majid) was stripping the clothes of other women on the eve of his wedding, his best man David Prince Osei was also getting the last of his wife to be Yvonne Nelson on the same night.
With such ploys threatening to ruin the wedding ceremony, will the perfect play boy be lucky enough to escape from the deeds of his past? The movie stars greats such as Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Majid Michel, Dave Prince Osei, Kofi Adjorlolo, Gavivina Tamakloe, Martha Ankomah among others.
Who's responsible? - The actors, producers or everyone involved
The upcoming film Heart of Men is not without its fair share of controversy. A lot of this might be due to how and to who the film was marketed towards. Despite having a rating of 18, the movie's trailer does a disservice to it by highlighting most of the film's fleshy scenes and using sex as a marketing tool. If anything, I would find fault with the producer(s) of the film rather than any of the actors (Frank Raja?? Oops), who really have no control as to how any movie will be marketed, unless they have a financial stake invested into it by also being a producer of the film.
So far we have done what many people will classify as a media hype for a movie yet to be released unto our market. It follows a forth night publication that Heart of Men is full of pornography. The movie whose camp alone is generating enough tension has added yet another disturbing issue to the myriad of cases associated with it. This time around, the issue has to do with the actors and actresses in the movie. About the ownership of the movie, one can verify on the screen that the movie is owned by Heroes Productions Limited with Kwame Boadi as the executive producer. Meanwhile reports we are hearing from some of the high quarters of the movie says that the rights of the movie have been bought by different people in different countries. This brought a little bit of a confusion when we reported earlier on that Venus Films is the owner of the movie. One of the people who has rights of the movie in a different country called our office with fury, registering his displeasure on us for selling his credit. At the moment, we have gathered that the issue of ownership has been resolved after speaking with movie director Frank Rajah Arase (DGN). Another disturbing issue which also reared its ugly head just last week has to do with the people who played roles in the movie. Currently, the movie has been rated the highest in nudity surpassing what Gupados Shakira showed to Ghanaians. If that was considered more revealing and disturbing then wait till you see HoM.
In a chat with one of the actresses who starred in the movie, she lamented that they have not been paid even till now even though the movie has been watched by the media and enough rot has been said about them already. That notwithstanding, many of the actresses are requesting and pleading on behalf of the producers of the movie to edit some portion of the movie that they believe might not speak well of them as Ghanaian ladies. In the presence of the actresses, a fellow actress also called asking whether she has received her money from the producers already. What even shocked this reporter was a statement that “no matter how little the amount involved in it will be, they should go for it. And that they can even use the money for a donation at a nearby hospital she visited where a woman was lying on bare grounds.
Some of the actresses who starred in the movie included Jackie Appiah (Mrs), Nadia Buari (Miss), Yvonne Nelson (Miss), Martha Ankomah (Miss), Eve Asare (Miss), Luckie Lawson (Mrs) whiles the actors were made up of Majid Michel (Mr), David Prince Osei (Master), John Dumelo (Master), Gavivina Tamakloe (Mr), Kofi Adjorlolo (Mr), Mr. Afram along side some new faces. The question on the lips of many movie critics is why married people like Jackie Appiah and Majid Michael will allow their sensitive parts to be shown to the whole world under the pretense of making a movie. For Martha and Yvonne, it will be very unprofessional to publish some of the comments that have been said about them. Meanwhile speculations in public tells us that some of them are asking for another editing of the movie to take out some of the nudity in it before it is distributed. As of last Thursday, close sources of Venus films hinted to us that Alhaji Abdul Salam Mumuni has called for a crisis meeting where everybody who featured in the movie was called to find a lasting solution to the impasse about it. At the press premiere at Silver Birds last week, Flex reporters witnessed a heated argument between one of the managers of Venus films discussing with a fiancee as to why she should allow some parts of her body to be seen in the movie. He was so quick to leave the matter when he saw the Flex guys prying in the area. The matter unfolds, as far as Heart of Men is concerned.
This post is a three part series addressed to three selected actors in the new Ghanaian movie Heart of Men, directed by Frank Rajah Arase. My first one obviously addressed to Majid Michel. After viewing the trailer for the movie, it is apparent that Ghanaian directors are getting more braver; pushing past the line as far as they can get. How ironic that of all the things they could improve on Ghanaian films, Sex scenes are on their top priority. How about improving the quality of the movies or improving the formats they come in?
Majid I am most disappointed in you. You’ve allowed these directors to exploit your talent to their advantage. How can a family man; raised in Ghana allow yourself to film such degrading scenes? These scenes are not a tad tasteful. Ghanaians have pride and foremost dignity and that’s what separates us from the Western world.
Majid first found mainstream success following his performance as the male lead in the movie Divine Love co-starring, Jackie Aygemang (nee Appiah) and Van Vicker, which was executive produced by Abdul Salam Mumuni under Venus Films.* (additional info)
Majid is at the point where he should be fighting for better pay and working conditions for Ghanaian film stars instead of adding more negative image to the industry.
Some interesting comments regarding HoM and Majid Michael
Posted By: joo , 9/26/2009 8:19:15 AM
“If it disturbs you, don’t buy it. It’s your choice. It is one of my best movies,” he added-not a good thing to say to your customers
Its a big disgrace
Posted By: kin , 9/25/2009 3:59:42 PM
Its a big disgrace to the nation if we all should accept such a movie. If some people will fully accept it ,then its rather shameful and unfortunate. But lets come together as a nation and totally REJECT this movie.
Posted By: ama , 9/24/2009 7:45:50 AM
I always laugh my head of when people try be angels. All those complaining about the movie stay behind closed doors and do all kinds of things. ghanaians are always in a habit of criticising when they are doing worse things. people buy hard core porn .pastors lawyers,teachers infact everybody watch these porn movies. let us face facts,when you go to the market dont you buy what pleases you. so if you think that movie will not do you any good, dont buy it .let those of us who want to enjoy the movies have our peace. follow the story line and enjoy yourself. the pretenses and hypocrisy will not help . the kids of today know more than what we think ,let us let them know what is at stake so the can make the correct choices .
Posted By: Omanhene , 9/24/2009 7:24:15 AM
Look guys, I think it would be great if they'd invited me to stare in this movie as well. Having all the gorgeous women at your disposal, won't that be great? Enough of the jokes, I think its high time we bring to the attention of some of these actors/actress they can't bullshit us anymore. This guy was really rude with his comments, who does he think he is? I rest my case, the rest is up to you people there to judge. Chaw
he said don't buy it
Posted By: kwabena , 9/23/2009 8:00:02 PM
The Arogance of it. I don't see why we should go and but a movie when the actor said if don't like it don't buy it. We are the one that make him who he is because we will buy the film even if he should insult us. let me tell you, some of this guys don't care about what will happen to society but what they will get out for themselve. We should ban the movie in Ghana and he can sell it anywhere he thinks its acceptable. We should stop copy the nonesense which is over here in America and we are paying a price. If he is gobe mad he should find a country of Mad people and not Ghana. We should shape our society no matter what and stop this arogant people from destroying what we have worked so hard to keep. he does not have sense of direction as to who he is and where he belongs.
majid u dey craze? give us a break
Posted By: andy muller , 9/23/2009 6:41:23 PM
u havent reached anywhere yet so be careful what u say. impudence of a dying cokroach
IS THIS MOVIE CENSORED
Posted By: DELALI , 9/23/2009 5:31:18 PM
FIRST OF ALL, IT DOES NOT SUPRISE ME TO HEAR THIS FROM MAJID. COS THIS IS HOW OVER PAMPERED UP AND COMING STARS BEHAVE SOMETIMES. RATHER, I PITTY THE PRDUCER , COS THIS STATEMENT BY MAJID MAY AFFECT THE FORTUNES OF HIS MOVIE. FINALY, ANY MOVIE PRODUCED IN GHANA SHOULD PASS THROUGH CENSORSHIP BOARD @ THE INFORMATION SERVICE DEPARTMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION BEFORE GOING PUBLIC. SO THE AGENCY TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE SHOULD BE THE CENSORSHIP BOARD FOR EXPLANATION, BUT NOT THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES
Right on Jennifer
Posted By: Nii , 9/23/2009 5:23:54 PM
Jen: I share your sentiments. I don't understand this rush by Ghanaian "actors" to imitate the worse forms of foreign films - gratuitous violence and gratuitous nudity. I find it sickening, and I haven't even seen any of his movies - just the promos on TV (yes, on TV) and they are enough to keep me away. He was very very good on "Things We Do For Love," but I think he's gone downward ever since. I don't share in his love for gore and porn. A good movie maker can portray a sex scene without even showing any flesh, violence without any weapons. But that takes imagination, which our "actors" and "movie makers" lack. (Last night there a movie commercial on the evening news showing blood splattered all over a wall. Repeated exposure to this kind of senseless violence makes people insensitive and the society itself becomes increasingly violent). Of course you blame the television stations for showing and promoting all that smut, and the government for allowing it. Just this past Sunday (afternoon!) one of the stations showed a crude rape scene with the man between the woman's leg and she screaming in Twi for help. (Fortunately, my 7-year old was in her room). About two weeks ago, again on a Sunday afternoon, a man was shown zipping his trousers after having sex with his friend's wife (he was shown humping the women under sheets) and yelling at the house boy who chanced upon him, "Woyeh fucking paah."
Listening to you on Joy, it was evident that you are the kind of guy who sound quite intelligent with his mouth shut.
I really like this one!
Majid got it wrong again!!!!
Posted By: Sheriph Afun , 9/23/2009 4:41:56 PM
Frankly, Majid did not speak well. I like him, i like the way he acts, i like his confidence but guess what, maybe his confidence is getting too much and it's affecting negatively the way he talks and responds to questions. This is about the 3rd time i've listened to Majid's interview that i did not get the least impressed. Hey, Majid is a star and that can't be taken away from him but he must learn to maintain this fame, refine and protect it. If he says Ghanaians can choose to buy the movie or not i don't think it's right. He's forgotten that the producers pay him for his role and they need to recoup all those monies from sales of those CDs and Tapes. Come on Majid, you got it wrong this time again. He should know that there is a vast difference between what he does on the set and what he does outside the set- He should learn to differentiate it. He should learn from his colleagues I don't think Majid knows what porn is. No, he doesn't know. Porn is simply acts that stimulate sexual desire. So you see, he has no point at all by saying that the movie has no porn content and afterall there are several movies from outside that are rated 18 but kids still watch it. Oh, what a shame. I know Majid is educated so he should watch out. He just rose up to fame in the movie industry and he must be careful about the way he carries his weight about. It takes just one blunder to loose fame. He should be advised. All the best Majid. Long live Ghana movies, long live ghahaian actors/ actresses, long live Majid!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Kwame , 9/23/2009 4:30:47 PM
Man, Majid, what do you mean by comparing your movie to porn from US? Does that warrant you to produce porn in Ghana? We buy your films...you must know this! Without our money, where would you have been? So if we raise concern about what you are acting, you shouldn't tell us to take it or leave it. We are Ghanaians and will forever be so. If you want to act porn, let us know and those of us who hate that immoral and evil movie will not dare buy it. I am ashamed to see Jackie Appiah and co. in this movie. Shameless ladies who will do everything for money. I will soon ban your movies in my home.
Posted By: Bulla , 9/23/2009 4:27:44 PM
I agree with Eric 100%.But my problem is if we have any organization which approves these movies. The only difference between this movie and hardcore porn is that the later are presented naked whiles the former cover up,thats all. In the name of Ghana,where are we going.It started with perfect picture(which I now know is a stolen story and interchanged title from foreign movies) and people were craving for it.Now this, what next?
GOD HELP GHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
what is the difference Majid?
Posted By: Akwasi Kyem , 9/23/2009 3:57:00 PM
laying on top of a woman and doing your own thing with your buttocks showing and seeing virtually the breast of these woman in such a movie. May be is your best because you enjoyed it, from the trailer of this movie, it should not be allowed on the market.
Posted By: D costa , 9/23/2009 3:50:12 PM
I think majid has gone too far this time around and he need to be advice.
WE ARE AFRICANS, GHANAIAN
Posted By: VINCENTIA , 9/23/2009 1:58:51 PM
IM SURPRISE AT MAJID, HOW WILL HE GET HIS MONEY WHEN WE DONT PURCHASE THE MOVIES HE ACTED IN?* (Unless he's a producer and owns copyright or publishing, he most likely gets paid one time upfront before the movie's even completed) HE HAS A WIFE AND CHILDREN HOW WILL THE CHILDREN FEEL WHEN THEY SEE THEIR DAD'S BARE BUTTOCKS IN MOVIES, PLEASE DONT DO ANYTHING IN THE NAME OF MONEY. PLEASE.
Insightful comment here.
hypocrisy on many Ghanaians
Posted By: Dee , 9/23/2009 1:16:18 PM
I quite find it unfortunate, hearing this from Majid- that the public cud decide to buy or not buy the movie in question. It was quite rude of him. On the other hand I see a lot of hypocrisy on the side of many Ghanaians. They watch pornographic movies and their children under 18 watch too, so why must they mark that movie as a porn;they know what i'm talking about. They should leave the young man alone; afterall, he didn't write the scrip, did he? Is there no lesson to be learnt from that movie? But I'll advise Majid to mind his choice of words b'cos his he could drive his fans crazy n they'll eventually loose interest in him.
YOu truly right
Posted By: Gboshi , 9/23/2009 12:52:32 PM
in fact you are right, but maybe he might not have that idea depending on what questions have been put upfront to him. at times, ideas comes later when we regret this is not what we supposed to say earlier. But I Encourage Majid. He is doing extremely great and well. Handful of such actors can really reshape the movie industry in Ghana.
Is it that Bad?What is the issue here?
Posted By: Nana Ama , 9/23/2009 12:52:18 PM
I have not seen this movie,but i am not sure about the fuss.Apparently there is no full-frontal nudity(ie breasts etc) so what is the problem. Back in the 90's the 1st ghana movies like Diabolo the snake series etc actually had full frontal nudity and there was no issue.What is the problem here?
Majid and his porn movie
Posted By: Jennifer , 9/23/2009 11:49:31 AM
Okay people, let's keep this brief and to the point: "Heart of Men" is probably the worst Ghanaian movie to hit the screens. It is HUGELY disappointing that actors like Majid, Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari acted in it. The worst part was watching Majid bounce and bang at least three different women in the film (and one was a three-some if I'm not mistaken) there's a difference between classy erotica and outright porn....and the director of Heart of Men should learn the techniques. And to Jackie Appiah and Nadia......how much did they pay you to be so damn sexually explicit??!!
MAJID NEEDS TO BE WEARY
Posted By: ERIC KEVIN ELIKEM , 9/23/2009 10:49:42 AM
I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND THE ATTITUDE OF MAJID. I AM ONE OF HIS FUND DESPITE HIS ANTICS IN ACTING WHERE SOMETIMES HE ENDS UP BEEN TOO ARTIFICIAL AND NOT HIMSELF IN HIS INTERVIEW ON JOY I EXPECTED HIM TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE AIRTIME GIVEN HIM AND IT WAS JUST THE OPPOSITE. CONCERNS WERE RAISED ABOUT THE "PORN" IN HIS RECENT MOVIE YET TO BE PREMIERED "HEARTS OF MEN" AND WHEN ASKED HE COULDNT FIND A BETTER WAY TO DEFEND THIS BUT RATHER TO THROW HIS WEIGHT ABOUT BY SAYING THE PUBLIC HAD THE CHIOCE TO EITHER PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE. HE NEEDS NOT TELL THE GHANAIAN, ONE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED HIM TO BE WELL REFINED IN HIS REACTIONS TO ISSUES LIKE THIS BECUASE IT HAPPENDS TO BE A GENUINE CONCERN BEING RAISED. WHAT WOULD IT HAVE CAUSED HIM TO SIMPLY SAY IT WAS TRYING TO DEPICT THE TRUE SITUATION ON THE GROUND WHICH TYPICAL OF GHANAIANS IS HARD TO ACCEPT. FURTHER, HE COULD AS WELL JUST DENY IT WASNT A PORN, PERIOD. TO EVEN WANT TO JUSTIFY THE MOVIE BY COMPARING IT TO THE PORN MOVIES FLOODING THE MARKET FROM THE US, ETC SIMPLY MEANS HE ADMITS ITS A PORN HE WAS ACTING. NONETHELESS, IS HE JUSTIFYING THE PORN IN GHANA? HE COULD HAVE BETTER STILL DONE A CLEAN JOB BY PUSHING THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO PARENTHOOD BY CHALLENGING PARENTS TO PLAY THEIR ROLES WELL AND AVOID THEIR CHILDREN BELOW AGE NOT TO WATCH SUCH. WELL, IF I TALK MORE I MIGHT BE CONSIDERED AN ENEMY WHICH ISNT THE CASE. MAY WE SEE MORE MOVIES FROM MAJID AND CO AND GOD BLESS THEM ALL
Peeps! peeps!.....listen ya'll. Art is whatever the Artist says it is. If Majid says this movie is Art...and not porn, then let us accept it as that.
Remember..."beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"...aaaaaiiiight?
After all, what's wrong with sex anyway? If we were to arrest everyone whoever had sex today, I'll bet all of you will be sitting in jail right now.......so lighten up already aaaaiiight?
i watched this movie yesterday and i liked the movie but..........
i am not good at reviews but let me try..... it was about treachery, betrayall and all the negatives. majid in the company of john dumelo met yvonne, a long lost friend. john was attracted to yvone and they got married, nadia is a secretary to john and was secretly in love with him without him knowing. yvonne wanted her hubby john to sack nadia from his office because she suspected them. later yvonne was 'murdered' and dumped at a construction site. john was arrested, his friend majid the barrister worked hard to release him, there was some exchange of money. john was released, later majid shot him and got together with the 'murdered' yvonne. there was a lot of unnecessary scenes, majid was a playboy and impregnated some of yvonne's friends, jackie played two parts (a mother to the younger jackie). what i don't understand was when john (suspect) was released and later got shot by majid and got missing, i was thinking since he was a suspect he would have been trailed secretly so that immediately he was nowhere to be found, investigations would have commerced. yvonne was supposed to be having her wedding the following day but she was dressed the day before. the scenes and events were not properly connected. e.g. yvonne was presummed dead, but later she resurrected, why wasn't she arrested? the lady that was murdered in majid's hotel room, when she was being carried away by majid, didn't he noticed that she was still breathing?
i enjoyed it though, it's a nice movie, the naughty scences, hmnn........
it would have been a nice movie if the plots had been well developed.
have i given anything away, i don't think so.