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(102): Kannywood Movie Review: RISALA

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Director:          Abubakar S. Shehu Producer:        Auwalu Sani Story:               Yakubu M. Kumo Language:       Hausa Year:                2018 Company:       3SP International Limited Cast:                Sadiq S. Sadiq, Al-Amin Buhari, Abubakar S. Shehu, Hafsat Idris, etc.
Once again, a major Kannywood production attempts to avoid the clich├ęs of forced marriage, a love triangle, intrusive music and dance routine, etc. in its storytelling. It, equally, tries to go back to the root to, of course, glorify the “good old days”. Above all, it proselytises Islam. Would the critics and the nativists alike ask for more?
Titled Risala, an Arabic word meaning “message”, the Abubakar S. Shehu’s film is completely set in the past when there was nothing we today look and call “modern”. No electricity, no handset, no car and so on. At the risk of jumping the gun, the movie is a remarkable work in a year full of punctuations in the struggling film industry.
(Warning: this section contains spoilers) It…