Movie: DA KAI ZAN GANA.
Production: 2 EFFECTS EMPIRE.
Screenplay: Ibrahim Y Birniwa, Sadiq Mafia.
Director: Sadiq Mafia

Cast: Sani Danja, Yakubu Muhammad, Zaharadeen Sani, Rahma Sadau, Hadiza GAbon, Ladidi Fagge

You know the old phrase about not having too many cooks in the kitchen! DA KAI ZAN GANA ignores it. It is more than four hours of material crammed into measly two hours. “Too much” is what DA KAI ZAN GANA is in nearly everyway- too much characters, too much exposition, too much busy plot. The only thing that’s not too much is characters worth caring about, in fact, there’s none of these at all. There’s little time for larger messages or subtlety on this train hurtling through and destroying Africa. But again, that’s not necessary a bad thing.

A movie needs to know its goals. It needs to decide such things ahead of time and let the mission dictate what it includes and what it leaves on the cutting room floor. It should have a very good idea of itself. DA KAI ZAN GANA chooses dancing over walking, movie cliches over realism, style over substance. Yet, somehow it feels entirely in keeping its idea of fun.

We meet our protagonist Rahama (Rahma Sadau) in an effort to break into the city one late evening. She has little idea where she is going. She is trying to free herself out of the corner her mother in the village is trying to back her into: marrying her out to wealthy Mamuda (Ubale Ibrahim). Driving in his car from outskirt of the city, a lusty womanizer Faruq (Zaharadeen Sani) sees her and decides things could fall into place if he presses the right button. He offers to take her to the town and somehow utilises this avenue to steal her virginity. Used and dumbed, Rahama is then picked by a wanton Maimuna who promises to take care of her. So when another womanizer Mudassir (Yakubu Muhammad) desires a company of a woman to be supplied by his friend Auwal Isah West, the wanton offers Rahama to Auwal. She is told she is only to deliver a message back to her boss Maimuna and of course she is the delivery package. She is subsequently drugged and raped by Mudassir. Unknown to Mudassir, his friend Auwal has taken a footage of scene.

Now that life is done conspiring against her, Rahama meets a decent woman who happens to be from a very influential family. Rahama is injected with a life and is educated. After few years she appears smarter than most high-society folks. A wild coincidence winds her up Abdallah (Sani Danja). Pressurised by his parents to get married, Abdallah is on a desperate hunt for a wife. His previous four girlfriends, as the movie chronicles their issues in flashbacks, hadn’t yielded a fiancee. The favorite of the four Fati KK was dead, and the other three (I will spare you the details) were discarded for various reasons.

When Rahama answers Sani’s invitation to his house, she is confronted by his two brothers Mudassir and Faruq- who had previously raped her. She runs out of the house. Abdullah later learns of her past and decides to cut the relationship prematurely. The script then softens her story’s sharpest edges and remolds her as a woman on a desperate and confounding path of revenge. Auwal sells the video clip he had taken of Mudassir’s dirty deed to Rahama for five million naira. She destroys Mudassi’s proposed marriage with Hadiza Gabon. He gets another relationship, she destroys it. And althought Faruq’s fiancee remains unmoved by her blackmail, she manages to get at him by causing termination of his ambassadorship with one international organization. The whole production suddenly shrugs its shoulders- kills both Faruq and Mudassir in a car accident- and walks away into credits sequence as if to say “we just couldn’t think of anything else.”

So you see, DA KAI ZAN GANA can’t decide whether it’s a thriller with little romance mixed in or a formulaic romantic-comedy with one or two dramatic pieces. Thanks to its constant wavering and lack of clear-cut direction, it whiffs on both potential premises. It lacks the gusto of romance and flair of a thriller. While its thriller premise fails because it fails at weaving together a compelling story, instead creating a meandering epic without any sense of escalation, its romantic premise fails because it suffocates the joy that should be inherent in a romance.

Despite the larger than life influence, it’s never self-aware enough to realise how juvenile and immature its sense of time and visions of reality are. Even a cursory examination of its story specifics reveals gaping plotholes and confusing character motivation. Why would a decent woman detain a girl who escaped from her in a village instead of sending her back. Why would a reasonable man pay a woman 15 million naira for marriage preparation when she isn’t even formally introduced to his family. Why would someone prepare a drugged juice to knock a woman off when he expects a prostitute. Why, why, why.

As far as I can tell, the characters have no above-average personality. None of the four leads is given enough detail or motivation. If it cared about its lead characters a little more, we might actually get invested in their lifes. Luckily, so many actresses are barely in the movie. Unfortunately barely is too much since they add nothing to it. It’s as if someone wrote the script, and then another one suddenly discovered there weren’t enough of them, so another writer was brought to randomly toss them in the show.

DA KAI ZAN GANA’s production values prevent it from being a total sentimentalist soup. The picture, the sound, the editing, camera angles and costumes are qualitative. and though it never really connects, the humor and the pacing is enough to get you to the end unscathered. DA KAI ZAN GANA could be a pretty sweet movie, but it is slowed down by more than its share of ill-advised congestion

DA KAI ZAN GANA is mostly an unfortunate case of reality against its protagonist. If it were a good movie, it would be an unfortunate case of reality against art.

Reviewed by: Anas Abdullahi
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21 thoughts on “DA KAI ZAN GANA Review: Style over Substance

  1. in your statement that you say a reasonable man pay….. if you watch the movie carefully the money not paid he said that’s what she wants.
    secondly u said how someone prepared drugged juices when he expect a.,…. in the movie there is a silent conversion between two of them bear SMS text that is why he drugged it that’s means already he know she’s not……..

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  3. Wow Kannywood scene this is a wonderful review “As d saying goes respect is reciprocal” ” Give honour/credit to whom it is due” personally d only movie from 2 effect dat i have watched and I think is their one and only best movie is GANI GAKA (if anyone disagree, then is debatable) and i watch it because it features ALI NUHU. i am used to reading commentaries/interviews of filmmakers/actors/actresses /directors/producers/ whataview; When ever they were ask who is their best actor in Kannywood they all chose ALI NUHU I don’t think it is a coincidence rather honour ought to be given to whom it is due. Personally I like ALI NUHU not because he acts very well but also he help others to bring out their creativity/talent in Kannywood. I have to mention names of stars at this point like the late Ahmed s Nuhu, A zango, zaharaddeen sani, Sadiq ahmed, Sadiq s sadik, lawal ahmed, Nafisa abdullahi, Rahama hassan, Rahama sadau and not forgetting fati ladan and others have all in one way or d other create a niech/identity for themselves in Kannywood courtesy of ALI NUHU or FKD as a brand. My point is that in an industry like this nobody has the monopoly of talent or knowledge. D main reasons why i personally don’t like sani danja/2 effect brand is dat they are self centered/selffish/ controversial also applied to A zango/ Prince zango as a brand. personally apart from sani danja and yakubu moh’d of recent courtesy of him featuring in movies thisdays I don’t know anybody in 2 effect empire this also applies to A zango also apart from HUBBY non of his movies is relevant incidentally Ali NUHU was d director. Personally these are some of the qualities that i think makes Ali NUHU different from others. Even in nollywood apart from films featuring Ali NUHU, Majid micheal and mike ezuoronye I hardly watch any movie. For d record I only know ALI NUHU through the movies he acted/interviews he granted to media /other peoples interviews they granted /from d opinion of ordinary people I interact with. The biggest problem with 2 effect empire and Prince zango production is “TO MUCH OF EGO AND OVER PROUDNEST AS WELL AS I MUST APPEAR IN MY OWN MOVIES OR PLAY MAJOR ROLE SYNDROME” Kannywood scene carry on you are doing a wonderful job through your website as well as ur old tweets. Lastly a word of wisdom “ TRUTH IS BITTER BUT TRUTH IS TRUTH ” have a wonderful time.

  4. “THIS IS FOR RAHAMA SADAU”

    Congratulations and happy one year anniversary in Kannywood, I like you not because you act very well but you a one of the product/creation of Ali Nuhu as you rightly admitted, Nuhu has brought so many faces in Kannywood like Nafisa abdullahi, fati ladan, Rahama hassan and others. Believe it or not Rahama sadau you are presently one of the best actress if not the best. I mostly like all ur movies especially when paired alongside Ali Nuhu.lastly i wish you the best of luck and Allah’s guidance today, tomorrow and forever.

  5. Kannywood scene this was a marvelous review ‘as d saying goes respect is reciprocal, give honour/credit to whom it is due’ i didn’t plan to watch d film even when ‘da a ke tallan sa’ personally d only movie from 2 effect dat i watch and I think is their one and only best movie is GANI GA KA (if u disagree name any other one)and i watched it because it features ALI NUHU. I used to read commentaries/interviews of film makers/actors/actress/directors/producers/ whataview; When ever they were ask who is their best actor in Kannywood they all choose ‘jarumin maza or mai farin jini’ i.e. ALI NUHU I don’t think is a coincidence because naturally honour ought to be given to whom it is due. Personally I like ALI NUHU not because he acts well but also he help others to bring out their creativity/tarlent in Kannywood ‘ I think ba ya da hasada sa boda in kayi, kayi ne fa a wurin sa’ I have to mention names of stars at this point like the late Ahmed s Nuhu, A zango, zaharaddeen sani, Sadiq ahmed, Sadiq s sadik, lawal ahmed, Nafisa abdullahi, Rahama hassan, Rahama sadau and not forgetting fati ladan and others are all one way or d other made it/create a name for themselves in Kannywood through ALI NUHU or FKD as a brand. My point is that in an industry like this nobody has a monopoly of tarlent or knowledge. D main reasons why i personally don’t like sani danja/2 effect brand is dat they are self centered/selffish/ controversial also applied to A zango/ Prince zango as a brand. personally a part from sani danja and yakubu moh’d of recent courtesy of him featuring in movies thisdays I don’t know anybody in 2 effect empire this also applies to A zango also apart from HUBBY non of his movies is relevant incidentally Ali NUHU was d director(sun dauka su kadai da su iya ko mai, I wannan son kai din da mai yayi kama). Personally these are some of the reasons/qualities that makes Ali NUHU different from others. Even in nollywood apart from films featuring Ali NUHU, Majid micheal and mike ezuoronye I hardly watch any movie. For d record I only know ALI NUHU through movies/interviews he granted in medias/other people interviews they granted/from d opinion of ordinary people I interact with. Kannywood scene carry on you are doing a wonderful job through your website as well as ur old tweets. Lastly “WAI AN CE IN DAN BA GA YA MAKA GASKIYA BA TO FA DA A GA YA MAKA KARYA” have a nice time, Ma Assalam.

  6. Nigeria is still where it is because those blinded by sentiment like @Fareeda can not stand criticism. & for saying i should keep kids out of it, i wouldn’t mention Iman if her parents haven’t exposed her at this early age into film making. For calling my father (who happens to be late), i will not insult you father cos i have good moral up bringing not to abuse or insult other people’s parents.
    A word of advice, u can try blogs were they abuse & insult like area boys or ” ‘yan daba”, not here my dear.

  7. Bayan dogon nazari da nayi akan fim-making a Kannywood, av come to realize they lack good stories, 2effect for one is the worst. Cox all they do is a trash.

    There are many writters arround bt were nt given a chance to show wht they have, so kannywood ar fast going back to sq 1.

  8. Thank you Anas for destroying them. They are just bunch of filmmakers that want money without giving due consideration to art.

  9. Facts well said Mal Anas, the greatest homage we can pay to TRUTH is to use it.! Kudos to @Kannywoodscene

  10. Well, i never expect anything better from 2-effect. I ‘ve 4 long given up watching their movies which in this case i was a guest & my host were watching dt was the reason. I keep on wondering if it’s Iman Sani Danja that writes stories for her parents. Film making is not by force, since you are not good in it stop it, simple.
    Good job Anas, keep it up.

  11. Good job Anas. I think you guys
    should advice Sani and Yakubu to
    dwell more on their singing careers
    and forget about film making. Style
    alone does not make a good movie
    and after watching that flop called
    GANI GAKA and a crap called
    ROMIO DA JAMILA I knew that
    nothing good would come out of 2
    EFFECT EMPIRE. So I am not
    surprise at all if they fail again!

  12. Good job Anas. I think you guys should advice Sani and Yakubu to dwell more on their singing careers and forget about film making. Style alone does not make a good movie and after watching that flop called GANI GAKA and a crap called ROMIO DA JAMILA I knew that nothing good would come out of 2 EFFECT EMPIRE. So I am not surprise at all if they fail again!

  13. Your doing a good job anas.da kai zan gana is a mess,it makes no sense at all I just don’t get what the film is all about.2 effect have to do better than this next time.

    1. @Fatima mohammed-I will advise u to never insults peoples talents or bring children into a matter that concerns their parent’s profession.Bcos even ur father cannot do half of what they are doing.The above comments simply examplify that it is just a mere hatred of the success of 2effects,not just the film.Da kai zan gana is a good film with substance which addresses the problem of moral degradation in our society.And to Anas, you are just a vague writer who doesn’t understand what film is all about.So I advise u to better shut up ur running mouth.You are just looking for a cheap popularity by review movies that I believe you haven’t watch.Keep talking and condeming the film,it will only make people to continue to buy.Kudos to 2effects

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