BY ‘DEOYE FALADE
This morning, I got to see the trailer for Hakkunde, a film starring Kunle Idowu, the actor and comedian popularly known as Frank Donga. Just from the two-minute trailer, I can make it out to be the story of a jobless graduate’s journey to self-discovery but that’s not all. Here are 5 other things I learnt from the trailer.
This is Kunle Idowu’s Nollywood make-or-break
Despite showing a lot of promise as a creative actor capable of bringing some freshness into Nollywood, Kunle has been more of an internet sensation for years, thanks to his Frank Donga character made popular by Ndani TV. Things changed last year when the Instagram meme and skit king featured in the 2016 box office killer, The Wedding Party – albeit in a bit part role. With him playing the lead role in Hakkunde, the movie will be a true test of his abilities and range as an actor in a feature film. Can he offer more than what we get in those 1-minute Instagram videos? This movie will be a pointer.
Kannywood gets a Nollywood Come-on
If recent memory serves me right, there hasn’t been a movie (yet to be released, I know) like this in a long time. Maybe not ever (forget North East). October 1 gave us a little something with Sadiq Daba and there were a few flashes of industry synergy in some others. But while you’re likelier to get Abuja representing the northern setting – and this is laughable – Hakkunde will largely be set in Kaduna with the cream of Kannywood; Ali Nuhu, Rahama Sadau, Ibrahim Daddy, Habiba Tanko, and Alhaji Isa Bello, playing key roles (Yes! Not everytime Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge drone shots). That’s a welcome development, especially when actors known more for Yoruba movies, like Toyin Abraham will also be featuring.
Unknown Quantities Get a Shot
Yes, Kunle Idowu has been awesome with Frank Donga but in a feature film, he’s still a relatively unknown quantity – one we’re eager to know more of. And with him thrust into a lead role, it’s a pointer that some filmmakers aren’t afraid of doing things differently, considering that most are likelier to go for faces that will sell films – not a bad strategy either). With Kunle, they kinda have something good on their hands. Everyone wants to see ‘Donga’ on the centre stage but he’s not the only one here; actors like Adebukola Oladipupo, Christina Martin, Maryam Booth also get to play a part and that’s good, we need more fresh faces.
Is this a good timing for Kaduna?
With all the recent blood-letting in Kaduna, this might not have come at a better time. The North is largely seen as a place filled with savages, and this movie, which going by the trailer, seems to show ‘KD’ in all its glory. We don’t just watch movies for entertainment but also for discovery and if recent works of art on the north are anything to go by – cue Abubakar Adam’s NLNG award-winning novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms and Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday – Hakkunde just might offer more insight on that part of Nigeria.
The production Looks Neat
Two minutes isn’t much but Hakkunde looks to be well-shot with expansive photography and all that shebang. Sound isn’t bad either. Not sure I like the night shots but hey, I’ll take it. My only worry or hope is that this movie won’t fall into the trap of being overly pontifical – a problem we’re struggling to shake off (remember Mildred Okwo’s Suru L’ere, Femi Odugbemi’s Gidi Blues and Gukas’ A Place in the Stars to mention a few). If they pull off just letting the movie ‘be’ and not sacrifice the art of storytelling for the urge of passing a message, it should be alright.