By Entertainment Reporter
Dr. Sindi spent time getting to know the person behind the name Busi Lurayi. The former ‘Sokhulu & Partners’ actress is under the spotlight for her brilliant portrayal of Tumi in the much-loved Netflix film, ‘How To Ruin Christmas – The Wedding’.
Busi Lurayi’s childhood was a very colourful one. She attributes her story-telling gift to growing up around storytellers as well as her nomadic childhood. “If I had to count the number of schools I went to, I’d lose count because we moved around so much.”
She told Dr. Sindi that when she started her career, she tried hiding it from her parents. Though she wanted to be a diplomat or an architect at some stage, acting was the dream that she pursued. She also spoke about her wonderful role model, her father and their uniquely special relationship.
Busi Lurayi, the Actor
Her career began with a part in a musical remake of Sarafina in 2003. Besides a stint in Generation, she is also well known for her appearance in the hit sitcom, ‘City Ses’la’ and its spinoff, Ses’ Top La where she appeared as Phumzile Khumalo. This role won her the Golden Horn Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy and the Golden Horn Award in 2011 for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. Busi also acted in the drama series ‘Wild at Heart’ starring British actress Amanda Holden and starred in the popular legal drama ‘Sokhulu and Partners.
Playing Tumi on “How To Ruin Christmas”
The movie, which runs as a 3-episode series on Netflix, was filmed during lockdown and the cast and crew were quarantined together at a hotel, which made it easier to build synergy. In the interview with Dr Sindi, Busi spoke about developing Tumi as a character and what she appreciated about her. “…I was like wait a minute, she’s complex and complex people are beautiful people. They are beautiful because they are whole, and she’s relatable because her complexities are the things we try to shy away from…”.
The role of Tumi is by far the highlight of ‘How to Ruin Christmas’, which is the brainchild of the Ramaphakela siblings of Burnt Onion Productions.
Busi is a very private person and hardly does any interviews. She says her ideal way of relaxing is enjoying quiet time by herself, and that she likes her mornings, as long as they have structure.