Kannywood Movie Review: Hanyar Kano

Director: Iliyasu Tantiri

Starring: Ali Nuhu, Bello Mohammed, Sani Danja, Sadiq Sani, Aisha Tsamiya, Mustapha Naburaska, Muhammadu Maisana’a

Genre: Comedy

Year: 2014

Duration: 120 minutes

Hanyar Kano is an innovative Kannywood film that features an all-star cast.

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It is about a journey to Kano by bus.

Ali Nuhu, the driver, and Sadiq Sani, his conductor, were driving to Kano and at intervals, stopped to pick passengers from the roadside.

Each passenger had a funny/annoying/crazy character that rubbed the others the wrong way.

Sani Danja was the overprotective boyfriend who warned everybody against admiring his girlfriend, Jummy (Aisha Tsamiya)

Bello “General Bello” Mohammed, spoke only in English, pretending not to understand Hausa; until a very funny and revealing scene.

His acting in that scene was superb.

Meanwhile, the journey was peaceful until a sleeping Maisana’a, who was travelling with his brother, Daushe Daushe, woke up and began to cause mayhem.

He kicked at people and flung luggage around. Eventually, he grabbed the steering wheel forcing the driver to drive into a tree.

He was finally cornered by the conductor, who gave him the beating of his life.

The director, Tantiri, must be commended for managing to exact a uniformly dynamic performance from his parade of stars.

However, some scenes were overly long, other unnecessary; and while some actors gave their best to their roles, others killed theirs with overacting or underwhelming performances.

Sani, Nabruska, and Dorayi must be commended for their outstanding aptitude for comedic acting.

All in all, it was a very entertaining movie that deserves all the awards and nominations that would come its way.

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