Fashionable Kannywood actor and producer, Ali Nuhu, speaks to MOBOLA SADIQ in regards to the challenges going through the film trade, how he handles fame, and different points
Some folks don’t think about Kannywood as a part of the nation’s film trade; it’s Nollywood that’s widespread. What do you concentrate on that?
I feel it’s as a result of Kannywood films are produced up North and there’s a type of dichotomy; many practitioners in Kannywood don’t practise within the South. I feel that’s the explanation why it’s so. However all of us belong to the identical trade.
Are there challenges peculiar to Kannywood?
Sure, there are challenges, particularly now with the shift from the conventional residence movies we used to make to films for cinemas. First, the construction for distribution which occurs to be the multiplex type of cinemas that you simply normally have in southern Nigeria, particularly in a spot like Lagos. There are such a lot of malls and virtually all them have cinemas.
In northern Nigeria, I feel it’s solely Kano that has that [malls with cinemas]. Then, Abuja to an extent. , folks in Abuja are elitist; they hardly even see Nigerian films which have English dialogue, not to mention ones with Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo dialogues. They normally go for Hollywood blockbuster films so that is the primary constraint.
Two, if you speak in regards to the type of tools which can be getting used, it’s not like we don’t have individuals who use high-end tools. There are fairly just a few (who use high-end tools) like 15 per cent of the practitioners and that’s due to the fee. Everyone is making an attempt to minimise price as a result of they don’t have a particular construction that ensures you may get return on funding.
Additionally, there’s the problem of individuals not eager to go for capability constructing. It is a enterprise; time modifications and there are improvements. Folks must be going for programs to allow them to step up their sport. I feel these are the sorts of constraints we face in northern Nigeria.
You talked about that there are lots of cinemas in Lagos and another southwestern states, are you saying it’s solely Kano that has cinemas?
Sure. It’s solely Kano that has cinemas and we try to get buyers to come back over to northern Nigeria as a result of we’ve cities the place they will make if they’ve such constructions. Secondly, they’ll present job alternatives for our youths and for even the filmmakers; their companies will flourish greater than earlier than.
In case you think about historical past, northern Nigeria used to have a cinema tradition. So if we will revive that tradition, I feel it’s going to learn the economic system of the nation on the whole.
Gained’t the safety challenges within the North scare away movie buyers?
I don’t assume so. When folks discuss safety challenges, this baffles me as a result of the safety challenges we’re speaking about occurred like three or 4 years again. Now, folks go to malls and different locations to hang around in northern Nigeria. The state of affairs is portrayed in a means that makes it seem like folks don’t even exit of their properties as soon as it’s late or attend gatherings. In addition to, if you discuss these cinemas, most of them are located in malls and people malls are extremely secured. We’ve got an excellent safety community.
Most nations have just one film trade however Nigeria has Nollywood and Kannywood. What does that imply for the nation?
Even in Nigeria, we’ve just one trade. Whenever you go to India, it’s referred to as Bollywood. However are you aware in Bollywood, there are Kollywood and Tollywood as a result of there are films with dialogues in different languages? They’ve Telugu film trade and Kannada film trade.
There are folks from areas that can’t carry out within the Hindi language however as a result of a big portion of the viewers understands these languages, they make films to entertain these folks.
And after we discuss Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, films are being made which can be of decrease budgets in comparison with the trade the place dialogue is in English, as a result of they’ve their target market.
These films with English dialogue come on occasion, however the films with dialogue in native languages maintain you busy and that’s why we’ve this dichotomy.
Kannywood actors hardly ever collaborate with their counterparts who make films utilizing English, Yoruba or Igbo dialogue, why?
First, there’s the problem of tradition and faith. Some actors will let you know that they gained’t go overboard or do something their tradition or faith may frown upon. That’s vital for many actors. Then for some actors, it’s the language barrier. They’re gifted and may do their job within the language they’re comfy with which is Hausa – their mom tongue.
They really feel they don’t must go the additional mile and make themselves uncomfortable by talking languages they can not converse fluently in. For some actors, it’s like that. I feel it’s a person factor; all people has the model they wish to undertake.
Do you assume tradition, faith and perception hinder some Hausa actors from expressing their full potential?
Sure, it does. As a result of we’re Africans and there are some issues we can’t do. And this isn’t simply within the Hausa group or society, even within the Igbo and Yoruba societies, there are some belongings you would do and shortly, they might be blown out of proportion.
Within the South-West, for example, youngsters at a younger age are inspired to enter the film trade both by their mother and father or guardians, however northerners frown on such. How has this affected the trade within the North?
I don’t consider this as a result of my son is an actor. Sani Danja’s daughter is an actress; Adam Zango’s son is a musician, and there are such a lot of extra. We’ve got so many children appearing within the trade, so I don’t assume that’s true.
As a film director and filmmaker, do you assume our films are predictable?
In these days, they was once. However now, our scriptwriters and administrators have buckled down as lots of people have gone to movie faculties. The practitioners have gone for some capability constructing by going for some programs or studying extra in regards to the specific subject they belong to.
I feel that used to occur up to now. Right now, you will notice Nigerian films within the cinema and also you don’t even wish to depart for a second since you don’t wish to miss something.
Did you research filmmaking in Nigeria?
I didn’t research filmmaking or appearing. I’m a graduate of Geography from the College of Jos, however I went for programs associated to what I do. I went for a course on filmmaking within the Relativity Media College in Los Angeles, United States of America. I went to the Asian Academy of movie and tv in India, and the College of Southern California for a course on transmedia storytelling.
These exposures have helped me. The type of films I make now could be fairly totally different from those I used to make earlier than. Lots of people can now vouch for me.
Some folks consider which you could’t be a high actor when you don’t reside in Lagos or Abuja?
I reside in Kano and I’m very comfy working from right here. I simply got here again from Lagos the place I completed capturing a movie. I’ll be in Lagos once more subsequent month to shoot a movie referred to as “The Buglers”, and I’ll be in Port Harcourt in December to shoot one other movie. So these scripts maintain coming. I needed to even flip down some as a result of somebody needs me on a film set in Abuja subsequent week however I can’t be there as a result of I’m going to London and I’ll be busy.
Wherever you might be, if folks know you as an excellent actor, they’ll definitely come calling. So my recognition just isn’t depending on my location.
Regardless of being married, do you continue to get advances from ladies?
That occurs to me. Some even occur within the presence of my spouse. I used to be in Saudi Arabia with my spouse and we have been strolling on the road, then a girl gave my spouse her cellphone and stated: “Please, I need a picture with your husband.” The woman’s finest buddy requested my spouse: “How can you take the phone from another woman to take a picture of her and your husband?” My spouse stated, “This is what he does for a living; he is professional and I just have to understand. Taking a picture with him doesn’t make any difference because she’s not taking him away. After taking pictures with him, she might not even see him again.” So it occurs.
So what’s the naughtiest factor a feminine fan has completed to you unexpectedly?
I walked out of a mall or procuring advanced in Abuja and a girl hugged and kissed me; I used to be so embarrassed.
It occurred once more at an airport in Dubai; a South African woman noticed me and clung to me.
Have you ever ever considered relocating to Lagos?
I’ve by no means considered shifting to Lagos. Town is just too crowded and visitors congestion is a significant downside. It’s simply not a snug metropolis for me.
Nonetheless, financially, I feel it’s about the perfect metropolis in Nigeria as a result of no matter you do, folks worth it. However the inconvenience of the visitors just isn’t one thing I can stand so I’ve by no means considered shifting to Lagos. So even with the paparazzi and all of the aspect sights in Lagos, I nonetheless want to remain in Kano.
Why don’t you flaunt your wealth on-line?
I don’t wish to stay a faux life, I wish to be myself. I don’t have a bodyguard with me as a result of that’s like attracting pointless consideration to myself.
As a job mannequin in society, I inform upcoming kids that they aren’t coming to this career to turn out to be wealthy. They need to have a ardour for the job and the wealth will come. Do the needful however don’t flaunt your wealth. I don’t simply consider in that due to the best way I used to be introduced up. Upbringing issues so much in the best way folks behave.
Do you’re feeling intimidated by your colleagues who flaunt their wealth?
I don’t really feel intimidated as a result of one factor I do know is that when you begin dwelling that life, then it’s important to stay as much as folks’s expectations and the day you don’t stay as much as their expectations, you’re gone.
That’s if you turn out to be faux. You battle to make these issues occur and once they don’t occur, you fall right into a state of despair and that’s your finish. I’m not bothered in regards to the fan base that flaunting of wealth attracts.
What’s your most memorable second as an actor?
My most memorable second must be the primary time I used to be given a job, a talking position in a agency. I can’t neglect that. After I was developing, I used to be given roles and simply taking part in a minor. We have been simply extras.
And hastily, you might be given a job the place you could have a dialogue to ship. That’s the peak of all of it since you start to really feel like your dream is about to come back true. In order that was an vital second for me.
What do you do to loosen up?
I take out time to go on trip.
What’s your opinion about Nigerians practising homosexuality?
Everyone seems to be entitled to their opinion. However no matter you do in life, attempt to see that it doesn’t damage society. In case you begin something and also you assume it’ll pattern, you don’t know what the longer term holds. One needs to be very considerate of the issues one does due to the approaching generations.
What position would you not settle for in a film?
Any position that calls for me to go nude in a film, I gained’t be a part of it. I can’t additionally play homosexual roles.
Would you play romantic roles?
There are some romantic movies I can do however even for romantic movies, there’s some extent the place I’ve to attract the road as a result of I’ve completed some that have been very passionate up to now they usually introduced unfavourable feedback and criticisms (for me), so I’m being cautious. Even when I’m promised one thing enticing for it, I wouldn’t be moved.
What initiatives are you engaged on?
I’m engaged on a few initiatives during which the dialogue will probably be in English. I additionally simply completed a Hausa movie on drug abuse. That’s what I’m presently selling.
Who do you admire within the film trade?
I feel it’s Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde. She’s been my primary. I’ve at all times appreciated working together with her. I feel we’ve completed two initiatives collectively and I’m trying ahead to doing one other one together with her quickly. It’s Omotola any day, anytime.
Supply: Punch Metro