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 Mayanadhi, Rex 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.
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