Why Falalu Dorayi is one of most sought-after Kannywood directors

Falalu Dorayi is a Kannywood director known in the industry for his imaginative approach to filmmaking.

“Directing is part of my life; and as a career, I try to be different from other directors in the industry,” Dorayi told PREMIUM TIMES.

His “difference” has made him one of the most sought-after producers in the industry.

One of his close collaborators is actor/musician, Adam Zango, who Dorayi refers to as his twin.

“My relationship with Adam Zango is a relationship that neither of us can define,” Dorayi said. “We live like twins and work together in everything.

“I direct virtually all (Zango’s) movies and also act in many. He has confidence in me and I also have in him. He is a great personality in the industry and one that does not have a second. He is multi-skilled and just recently he ventured into directing.”
Dorayi talked about the recent trend of foreign films dubbed in Hausa and the possible challenges those films – Hollywood, Bollywood and Chinese films – pose for the Kannywood industry.

“I watched one or two of those movies recently and I will argue with anybody who says it will affect the Kannywood film production,” Dorayi said. “People who dub those films do it to make a living; it is just dubbed not a Hausa film so I doubt they will run us out of market.”

He acknowledged, however, the mediocrity of some original Hausa movies but says his movies were not one of those.

“I believe when you do your film very well, people will patronize it and in my own case my films will not suffer that because we take our time to produce classic films for our audience.”

He said fans praised him for his role in Hanyar Kano, and disclosed that he intially had misgivings about the movie prior to starring in it.


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“Hanyar Kano was a film that was easy for me although I wasn’t part of the directing crew. It was indeed a surprise to hear fans call to say I did a good job.”

As one of the highest paid Kannywood directors, Dorayi said he is properly equipping himself, taking directing courses and meeting foreign directors at seminars both in Nigeria and abroad.

“I do these so I can keep posing a challenge in the industry by directing good and international standard movies. I just returned from India and a directing course was among some of my experiences there.”

Dorayi was praised by producer, Uzee Concept, who said in as much as there were good actors, producers, and director in Kannywood, Dorayi was the best or at least the second best in the industry.IMG-20150128-WA0003

“I produce great movies in the Kannywood and my movies have won me awards,” Uzee said. “One of the best from the stables of Uzee Concept was directed by Dorayi. He is the man of the moment, that I can confess.”

Dorayi is a graduate of Bayero University and as a child was involved in his primary school’s drama club. He is married with children.


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