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Sudani From Nigeria, starring Soubin Shahir and Samuel Abiola Robinson in the lead roles, has hit the theatres today (March 23, 2018). The movie, jointly produced by Shyju Khalid and Sameer Thahir, has been directed by Zakariya. The film rides high on expectations and the pre-release reports of the film have been extremely impressive. Let's see how the film has turned out to be.
The story of Sudani From Nigeria is set against the backdrop of the Malabar region, where Sevens Football is a popular game event. Majeed is the manager of one of the football clubs and he hires a football player named Samuel for a tournament. Samuel emerges as a big star among the locales. What happens rest has been narrated in Sudani From Nigeria.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Sudani From Nigeria have fared for the movie..
Soubin Shahir As Majeed
In Sudani From Nigeria we get to see a different Soubin Shahir. He never lets you down with the comedy sequences and here we could see him handling such sequences in a matured manner beholding the responsibility of a lead actor. At the same time, he stuns us with his performance in the emotional sequences, which are well-balanced and subtly delivered to perfection. In fact, the story of the film rides high on the character Majeed played by him and he doesn't let the film down even for a moment. Spectacular indeed!
Samuel Abiola Robinson As Samuel
Samuel Abiola Robinson is new to Indian cinema and he gets a perfect launch pad with Sudani From Nigeria. He plays the role of Samuel, the football player. Well, due credits to him for getting in to the skin of the character and with his performance, the young actor proves that language is not a barrier in conveying emotions in the right form.
Rest Of The Cast
Sudani From Nigeria does feature many other prominent artists including newcomers and not so familar faces in important roles. A big round of applause for the actresses who portrayed the roles of Beeyumma and Jameela. Their performances in the film which are so real, will surely make a lasting impression in the hearts of audiences. KTC Abdullah has done a fine job in his role. Aneesh G Menon too comes up with a decent performance. Almost all the newcomers have ably done their part to perfection.
Script & Direction
Screenplay and dialogues of Sudani from Nigeria have been jointly penned by Zakariya and Muhsin Parari. The film has a very light storyline but the screenplay filled with life is the strength of the movie. Most of the sequences are realistic to the core and the script addresses various factors like football, friendship, humanity, relationships and the final mixture lays the perfect foundation.
Zakariya has indeed made a stunning debut with Sudani From Nigeria. He stays true to the genre and the way in which he packaged the film is splendid. The film-maker has the complete control over the movie and has come out successful in driving the emotions of the audiences in the right directions. He has not resorted to the usual cliches or forced comedies, but still the film turns out to be an entertaining one, right from the word go. Special remarks to the way in which he has handled the actors with dexterity, considering the fact that he had mostly newcomer actors at his disposal.
Music & BGM
The songs of the film set to tune by Rex Vijayan have been placed so well and they have that regional vibe, which works so well for the movie. BGM has been used in an apt manner and it doesn't go overboard in any of the sequences.
Other Technical Aspects
Sudani From Nigeria was majorly shot in the Malabar regions. The cinematography of the film has been handled by popular cinematographer Shyju Khalid and his works needs a special mention as he has once again come up with some realistic frames staying close to the vision of the film-maker. Editing by Noufal Abdullah is also top class.
First things first, Sudani From Nigeria is not just about the game of football. Yes, the Sevens Football and the prominence that this game holds in the Malabar region is a crucial part of the film but at the same time, the movie is a realistic take on the lives of the people out there. It is a journey through their joy, problems, emotions and much more. In Sudani From Nigeria, we get to meet a lot of people who are so real and relatable, especially for all those who hail from this region..
Sudani From Nigeria has a strong emotional connect and they travel through the movie to the hearts of the audiences. The audiences get to know more about Majeed, his family, friends circle and at the same time also looks into the life of Samuel. The way in which the friendship of Majeed and Samuel portrayed is exceptional and one would feel that connect. Both the halves of the film have got a subtle yet effective treatment. The pace of the first half might raise the eyebrows of a few but it gels well with the movie. The climax sequences are so well layered and depicted that the characters and the film will linger in the minds of the viewer.
A film like Sudani From Nigeria shouldn't be missed by any chance. It is a wonderful experience that has a nativity connect. The wide range of emotions that the film offers are not forced but are felt by the audiences and that's the sign of a true winner. Sudani From Nigeria proves that special gifts do come in small boxes.