#BounceReview: Hakkunde Tells ‘Our’ Story
"Hakkunde" director, Asurf Oluseyi, in his debut feature film tells a story by us and for us.
The movie, which happens to be crowd funded, touches the soul and encourages one to never give up when faced with challenges while making life choices.
It also breaks new grounds with several ‘firsts’.
It is the first time we see Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga in a non-purely comedic role.
The film is also the first crowd-funded movie to hit the cinemas.
Right from behind the camera, "Hakkunde" is indeed a journey of self-discovery.
Asurf Oluseyi, did not got to any film school, but is a self-taught film director, whose short film "A Day with Death" won at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award.
He also stirred conversation on homosexuality in Nigeria with another short film titled "Hell or High Water."
Armed with lessons from these productions, Asurf brings delivers a movie that is both enjoyable and inspiring.
Every Nigerian who is in the job market or in-between jobs will be able to relate with Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga who plays the lead character, Akande.
After ‘chopping’ his elder sister’s insult for four years, because he does not have a job, Akande decides to take a chance at an opportunity that will remove him from the comfort of Lagos to the unfamiliar territory of Kaduna.
Knowing that his elder sister, Yewande (Toyin Abraham) who pays the bills and caters for Akande’s upkeep might not approve of his journey to Kaduna, he steals her money and ‘disappears’ to the North with an okada man - Ibrahim (Ibrahim Daddy), to try his hands on something new.
In Akande and Ibrahim, we see a representation of Nigerian graduates who are unemployed or who work way below their qualifications. We also see how overcoming fear of the unknown can yield great dividends.
The movie also explores the role of positive relationships, as seen by the closeness of Akande with Ibrahim’s family.
In addition, the film is funny, and the characters are properly developed.
The film title "Hakkunde" is derived from the funny way Akande’s new found family in the North address him - a reminder of the many sides of diversification.
Viewers and fans of Frank Donga will get to see his lovable, rib cracking character come alive through his familiar expressive eyes and facial expressions.
Also, the synergy between himself and the other characters is the oil that makes transitions from one scene to the next almost flawless, two examples that stand out are the comic relief scenes provided by Akande and his sister Yewande, and the ‘love nwantiti’ exhibitied between Akande and Aisha(Rahama Sadau).
Watching "Hakkunde" increases the temptation to try Kannywood films, particularly after seeing the star performances provided by Rahama Sadau, Ibrahim Daddy and Maryam Booth.
Shot in Lagos and Kaduna, the cinematography hits the mark as it is clear and enhances the beautiful landscapes and sceneries captured on location.
The sound tracks, like the movie itself, creates a balance between drama and comedy and helps to tell the story of each scene.
Though the movie is mostly predictable, it is not too much of downer as it is highly relateable, and one anyone who's ever been in the job market or tried to start a business will connect with.
Asides being predictable, the movie also had scenes which were stretched unnecessarily, like the one where Rahama Sadau’s character, Aisha and Akande, share a romantic scene together. It was dragged on for too long and basically ‘overemphasised the emphasis’.
The movie also throws in some nostalgia and tears towards the end when the late Bukky Ajayi shows up on screen as Akande’s mother (the film was shot before she died last year).
“Hakkunde” is a film that realistically represents the struggle of a Nigerian job seeker, and tells a story that is relatable to everyone - truly a film by us and for us.
The film gets 4 stars from us.
Its still showing in cinemas, so go see it and have fun
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