Sudani From Nigeria review: a soulful film that entertains

Sudani From Nigeria review: a soulful film that entertains

Compassion is the driving factor of the latest movie Sudani From Nigeria directed by Zakariya. The film is set in the football loving Malappuram’s backdrop, but the story they are telling here is about empathy of one human being towards another who comes from an extremely different culture. With humor and statements along with sentiments powering up the movie, Sudani From Nigeria is one movie you shouldn’t miss.

Majeed, the manager of a sevens football team is one of the central characters. His team has three African players and one of them is Samuel who is a real star in the league. One day Samuel gets injured when he slips in bathroom and the severe injury forces him to go for a long bed rest period. The financial and legal difficulties through which Majeed goes through after this incident is what this movie talking about.

Much like KL 10 Patthu, a movie in which director Zakariya is associated with, the authenticity of the Malappuram culture here is perfect. The script utilizes that culture to establish the football loving background and using that background it narrates an emotional story. There are multiple layers to the stories of each character and that makes it more humane and real. The fact that you don’t need a language to communicate emotions gets depicted so skillfully here. The understanding of pain and happiness is also depicted beautifully. The global appeal of the subject is also something that should be appreciated.

Zakariya has opted the realistic treatment for the movie and it does help the kind of humor and emotions he wants to convey. It is only in very discrete occasions he tries to use background score to take the scene to another level. There are no exaggerations to real life situations like demonizing government officials etc. Like I said, the script is bound to focus on the compassionate mindset one needs and works over that aspect. The character equations are also rooted and do make us feel for the characters. The statements that we hear through minimal jokes and situation comedies are actually clear political remarks. Shyju Khalid’s frames are perfect and the music blends in nicely. 

Soubin Shahir as Majeed is true to the character. The film’s inherent humor utilizes his timing effectively and more than that it is the subtle emotional part that makes the performance genuine. His passion towards football and depiction inner conflict was sincere. Samuel Abiola Robinson has great level of earnestness in his portrayal of the Nigerien. Savithri Sreedharan as Majeed’s mother and Sarasa Balussery as Beeyumma the neighbor are two roles I think will be talked about for a few days. Lukman Lukku, Navas Vallikkunnu, Abhiram Pothuval, KTC Abdulla, Aneesh G Menon and many more actors are there in the movie that looked authentic.

Sudani from Nigeria is definitely an entertaining cinema. But it doesn’t force entertainment into its treatment. By keeping the soul of the story unaffected by the chaos, this story with layers of humanity brings a smile to your face at the end.