Bondi of Maria Series Speaks on His Gangster Role on Citizen TV

  • Brian Kibochi portraying Bondi (centre) during an episode of Maria Series that airs on Citizen TV.
    Brian Kibochi portraying Bondi (centre) during an episode of Maria Series that airs on Citizen TV.
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  • Bongi el Chapoo on Citizen TV's Maria series made a comeback on the show in the most recent episodes with performances that have left viewers perched at the edge of their seats.

    The character who is among the antagonists on the popular show returned claiming to be born again only to be involved in the kidnapping of the main character, Maria while maintaining his cool to the victim's family and friends.

    Potraying the notorious gangster is Brian Kibochi who describes himself as a humble man from Dandora estate.

    Brian Kibochi who portrays Bondi in Maria Series that airs on Citizen TV.
    Brian Kibochi who portrays Bondi in Maria Series that airs on Citizen TV.
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    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the thespian explained that the role was one he enjoys playing but hates watching.

    "Just like everybody else, I hate Bongi so much. He is very evil. But I try to have fun portraying him on the screen," he explained.

    Careful not to divulge what is in store for his character in the coming episodes, Kibochi stated that the viewers should be prepared for more twists and turns.

    "Bringing out the born again Bondi was at first a little difficult for me, but I have emersed myself more and act it out well now," he explained.

    Despite the animosity and mind games on the screen, Kibochi disclosed that the cast members were friendly with each other.

    "What you see on TV is acting but out here we are friends and we joke with each other. We have teamwork and love each other and that is what makes us the winning team," he added.

    He revealed that Anthony Ashioya who plays the role of Tekno is the funniest character on the set.

    Brian Kibochi (Back) with the cast of Maria
    Brian Kibochi (Back) with the cast of Maria that airs on Citizen TV
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    Kibochi who has been acting for over five years disclosed that it was not easy to get on TV adding that the biggest lesson he had learnt in the industry was patience and hard work.

    "It takes a special kind of determination to keep going. I have gone to over 100 auditions and only landed three jobs in the past," he recalled.

    The actor who has featured in a number of films including appearing on a Netflix series, Sacred Games, stated that there was need for support to grow Kenya's film industry.

    "We need support from various institutions, including the government to finance certain projects to international standards," he stated.

    Kibochi has appeared in a number of local productions including Hullabaloo, Aunty Boss, Varshita and currently also stars in KTN's Baba Yao. He also doubles as a casting director for commercials and music videos.