(124): Kannywood Movie Review: Kar Ki Manta Da Ni

No film was released this Eid for obvious reasons, of course! Last year’s Eid saw the release of the Hausa film KARKI MANTA DA NI. This is my short review of the film.The movie, Kar Ki Manta Da Ni is an intense love story presented in the style of the Indian romantic drama films. This is not a surprise, looking at the career of the film’s director, Ali Nuhu, who is well known for making Indianized Hausa films. Like in one of the ‘whiz kid’ director’s previous flicks, particularly Ni Da Ke Mun Dace, the male lead of this film is a musician who sings, plays instruments and always carries a guitar on his back. This is a typical romantic hero portrayal in Indian cinema. The storyline focuses on Nasir (Shamsu Dan’iya) and his love, Fatima (Maryam Booth). They are genuinely in love with each other, but as Nasir doesn’t have enough to get married, he loses her to a wealthy scion Isma’il (Umar M. Sharif). Consequently, Nasir resorts to drugs, turning his highly promising life into a hopeless o…

(123): Kannywood Movie Review: Mati a Zazzau

Director:         Yaseen Auwal Producer:       Rahama Sadau & Sadiq Sani Sadiq Language:      Hausa Year:               2020 Company:      Sadau Pictures and Asmasan Pictures Cast:            Sadiq Sani Sadiq,Tahir I. Tahir, Rabi’u Rikadawa, Adam A. Zango, Rahama Sadau, Hadiza Blell, Umar Gombe, etc.
So far, only very few successful titles in Kannywood have become a franchise. Beside Adam A. Zango’s Basaja, I can only mention Yaseen Auwal’s Mati character. While the former deals with financial rickety in an urban, techno-scientific set, the latter is a social drama in a rural setting in the past. The chronicle of Mati began with Wani Gari and then Mati da Lado and now Mati a Zazzau. Had the filmmaker foreseen where the film could go, I guess the first of the series would have “Mati” in its title. Now, the character has become a commodity as he acts in short films and others imitate him elsewhere. At the risk of jumping the gun, I can confirm that Mati a Zazzau has a sequel. So, fans of…

(122): Karamin Sani Movie: A Kannywood Fantasy Like No Other

For about three decades, cinemagoers, especially in the northern parts of Nigeria, are familiar with Hausa Film Industry popularly known as Kannywood. Though there has been debate on a different genre of movies by section of producers and directors that say 70% of Kannywood filmmakers go for romantic melodrama and musical extravaganza while the rest of the percentage has comedy, action and epic storyline. Be it as it may, the giant industry lacks fantasy movies in its library.
Falalu A Dorayi, undoubtedly one of the few directors who believe in game-changing and twisting story background to please his followers and fans, who established himself as a successful filmmaker in the history of Kannywood has finally come with a sensational fantasy flick entitled Karamin Sani.
Karamin Sani, an upcoming movie set to hit screens on Friday, 17 January 2020, in Filmhouse Cinema Kano and KFA Cinemas Kaduna simultaneously, was produced by S & B Production and directed by the versatile Falalu A. D…

(121): Kannywood Film Review: Uwata ce

Director: Falalu A. Dorayi Producer: Isah A. Isah Language:Hausa Year: 2018 Company: TJ Multipurpose Concept Cast:Isah A. Isah, Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Abba El-Mustapha, Amude Booth, Maryam CTV, Maryam Gidado, etc.

At the time when most Kannywood films are either an overblown rehash of the industry's previous or impoverished replication of Indian movies, comes a determined film with a squarely original story from the same industry entitled Uwata ce. The film shows quite an extraordinary, scandalous saga between a mother and her grown-up children.
Hajiya (Maryam CTV) is an older widow with two sons and two daughters all of whom are married, leaving her together with her stepson, a 22-year-old Salim (Amude Booth) whose mother is no more. The film begins with Hajiya and her servant having a chat in her room when one of her sons, a short-tempered young man, Khaleed (Sadik Sani Sadik) blows in. He is extremely displeased with Hajiya and the servant in isolation. Hajiya is a rather dubious woman. Sh…

(120): Top 10 Kannywood Films of 2019

Muhsin Ibrahim
University of Cologne
The article was written for, and published by, the BBC Hausa service. Here is a link to a slightly different Hausa version published on their webpage: Fina-finan Kannywood 10 da suka shahara a 2019.
The Hausa film industry alias Kannywood is still alive and, well, kicking. Perhaps known to many people, the industry’s survival is against many odds. Now and again, Kannywood is caught up in scandals. Prominent among them this year include the way politics divided it and brought sharp disunity among its members. Then, two leading actresses fought and the clip of the fight went viral; the arrest of a celebrated director, the sartorial choice of two more actresses invited them condemnations, insults and curses, among other incidents.
Admittedly, I did not watch some films that might be among the top 10 of 2019. I don’t live in Nigeria to go to the only functional cinema in Kano where Kannywood films are premiered. Therefore, the follo…

(119): Kannywood Movie Review: YANAYI

Director: Sunusi Oscar 442 Producer: Naziru Dan Hajiya Year: 2019 Company: A & Y Kanemi Film Production Cast:               Zainab Indomie, Ali Nuhu, Adam A. Zango, Nuhu Abdullahi, Fati Washa, Abdul M. Sharif, Salsi S. Fulani, others.
The movie Yanayi is a multi-starrer, featuring the trio: Ali Nuhu, Adam Zango and Zainab Indomie who delivered Gari Yai Zafi, a massive blockbuster of the last decade, alongside other stars such as Fati Washa, Nuhu Abdullahi, Maryam Isah, Abdul M. Shareef, Lilisco, Salisu S. Fulani and more.
Unlike in Gari Yai Zafi, where they are all in leading roles, Ali Nuhu and Adam Zango's role in Yanayi is very negligible. The remaining actors also are all supporting the leading character Zainab Indomie.

Produced by Naziru Dan Hajiya and directed by Sunusi Oscar 442, the film revolves around the life of a highly salacious lady, Hajiya Shafa'atu (Zainab Indomie) whose husband, an elderly gentleman (Ali Nuhu) gets hypertension for struggling to satisfy her inten…

(118): Kannywood Movie Review: Uwar Bari

Director: Hafizu Bello Producer: Hamisu Lamido Iyantama Story:Hamisu Lamido Iyantama Language:Hausa Year: 2018 Company: Iyan-Tama Multimedia Limited Cast:Sadiq Sani Sadiq, Hamisu Lamido Iyantama, Wasila Ibrahim, Sadiya Lawan, Halima Atete, others.
An old saw has it that old is gold. I said the same when writing about Iyantama Multimedia before for it’s one of the few among the oldest, reputable film production companies that are still functioning in Kano. Thus, thousands of Kannywood’s au courant audiences will expect nothing less than a high-quality product from them. But the industry struggles to stay afloat, thanks to numerous socio-cultural and economic challenges. Consequently, it’s getting harder and riskier to produce high-budgeted films. A prominent executive producer once told us, at an event, that she was bankrupt following an expensive production. She didn’t only fail to profit from the film but also struggle to recoup the money she invested in making it. It is amidst all these un…