Sudani from Nigeria: Film Review – Playing the Right Moves

Verdict: With a quirky name and a fresh approach, it is worth every minute of your time.

Produced under the banner of E4 Entertainment by Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid, the movie is directed and scripted by newbie Zakariya. The film has Soubin Shahir in the lead along with Nigerian actor Samuel Abiola Robinson. Veteran theatre actors Savithri Sreedharan and Sarasa Balussery play pivotal roles in the flick that boasts many a fresh face in its cast. After MayanadhiRex Vijayan, and Shahabaz Aman come together to produce some soul-stirring numbers. Cinematography is by Shyju Khalid.

What’s Sudani From Nigeria About:

Riding high on the football fever in Malappuram, the movie traces the events that happen in the life of Samuel (Samuel Abiola Robinson), a Nigerian who plays sevens for a local football club. Majeed, the manager, essayed by Soubin Shahir, struggles to make ends meet and keep the club going. The movie delves into an interesting turn of events when Samuel recuperates at Majeed’s home post an injury. Bureaucratic hassles, irresponsible journalism, debt… the movie has it all.

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What Works:

The simple and realistic take on the struggle of a local football club is the highlight of the flick. How, with limited funds and a belly full of passion, players brave it all to play the sport is what forms the backbone of Sudani from Nigeria. Peppered with witty dialogues and comic timing, the movie is a laughing riot in parts. Nineteen-year-old Samuel shines in his first international venture. Soubin does a great job as Majeed and firmly carries the movie single-handedly on his shoulders. The beautiful relation between Samuel and Majeed, dotted with poor English, debt and misunderstanding is what the viewer takes back home. Savitri Sreedharan and Sarasa Balussery, who play Majeed’s mother and neighbour respectively, bring a lot of warmth to the screen. The movie also touches upon serious issues like bureaucratic squabbles, red tape and the plight of refugees. The songs Kurrah, Kinavukondoru Kalimuttam, and Dua Cholli are sure to find a way into your playlist.

What Could Have Been Better:

There are a few lags which could have been snipped. The monologue where Samuel talks of his plight back home seems stretched.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

For an industry which goes overboard with its emotions, Sudani From Nigeria is a breath of fresh air. It is casual yet serious, witty not goofy and has its share of drama too.

– By Jan Varghese 

Release Date: 2018-03-23
Language: Malayalam
Director: Zakariya
Genre: Drama, Sports
Cast & Crew: Soubin Shahir, Samuel Abiola Robinson, Savithri Sreedharan, Sarasa Balussery
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1 Comment

  1. Sreejith S S

    March 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I can not stop myself from writing about the movie Sudani from Nigeria. Sakaria the debue director claims itself as a simple movie made together by a team of friends with out much star cast, but Sudani is much bigger than that.Taking a realistic & simple story from the backgrounds of malabar's football, movie had addressed many regional, national and even international issues and that too with out much jargons and claims.I think Sudani is the best movie released in 2018 as far as Malayalam is concerned or even country's best.Soubin, the only popular star cast in the movie undoubtedly is a genius.He is a versatile actor and we can expect much more than him in the future.,all his leading and significant roles surprises us.,remember "parava".Sakaria's approach as a director is far more than a new comer.,he treated the whole movie with atmost maturity.Roles played by the African actor and the two drama actresses from Kerala too are fabulous. May movies like this happen again and again.Like Salt and pepper or Maheshinte prathikaram., " Sudani from Nigeria" should be a trend setter and definitely falls under the same category of those realistic films..Good Luck!

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