Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

Debutante Malayalam film Director Zakariya Mohammed’s movie, Sudani From Nigeria has bagged the Audience Choice Award Time International Film Festival 2019 held at Zhelesnovsks in Russia.

Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

The popular Malayalam cinema, Sudani From Nigeria, directed by the debutante, Zakariya Mohammed had won the Audience Choice Award from Time International Festival 2019, held at Zhelesnovsks in Russia. On his Facebook post, Zakariya Mohammed wrote, “Happy to share the delightful news that Sudani From Nigeria has won the Audience Choice Award in Hero and Time International Film Festival 2019, which was one of the most appealing festival, in terms of synergy I have ever attended. The people were as pure as the natural mountain water for which Zhelesnovdsk is famous for (Caucasian Mineral Waters) and they shall remain my memories.”

Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

Sudani From Nigeria, produced under the banner, Happy Hours was released on March 23, 2018. The movie, with Soubin Sahir in the lead, paints a rosy picture of Malappuram district and the craze for football in that place. Except the Soubin and Aneesh Menon, most of the characters in Sudani From Nigeria are new faces. Each character in this film stands out, thus offering memorable characters to the audience to remember and cherish. In fact, Sudani From Nigeria became a phenomenal hit in the box office.

Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

Ever since the release, Sudani From Nigeria had been selected at various international film festivals including the prestigious Cannes. Also, the movie bagged several awards. When the 49th Kerala State Film Awards were announced, Sudani From Nigeria collected as many as five awards. When Soubin bagged the Best Actor Award for the performance in Sudani from Nigeria, the Director Zakariya Mohammed won the Best Debutante Director Aravindan Award and Mohan Raghavan Award. What is more, the movie had also won this year’s Padmarajan Award for Best Film Award.

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The protagonist, Majeed is obsessed with football, like the scores of people in Malappuram in Kerala. In Sudani From Nigeria, Soubin, enacting the role of Majeed, is the manager of a local football club by name MYC Accode. His job entails scouting for best overseas footballers for his team. After intense search, Majeet succeeds in hiring three footballers from Nigeria.

Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

Thanks to the Nigerian footballers’ prowess, Majeed’s team started win several tournaments. Samuel, the Nigerian footballer hurts himself and the back injury confines him to the bed for couple of months. Majeed then brings Samuel to his house till he recovers.

Time International Film Festival 2019: Sudani From Nigeria bags Audience Choice Award

In spite of language, cultural and other differences, Samuel hits it off with Majeed’s mother and neighbours and thus develop a bond. Majeed too gets close to Samuel, thanks to the passion of football, shared by both.