Writer Yakubu M Kumo and director Aminu Saira have made a name crafting complex story-driven dramas. For their latest collaboration MUNAFIKIN MATA, they took on some new challenge, offering their most reliable man Ali Nuhu an optimistic and manipulative character. The results are intriguing, and a times fascinating.

First thing first, MUNAFIKIN MATA marks an official re-union of actress Nafisat Abdullahi with director Aminu Saira and actor Ali Nuhu after series of events. She holds an ace up her sleeve: she is a talented actress. By chance or by intent, she landed this one. Suddenly, she is set to feature in FKD’s next project SIRRIN DAKE RAINA(with another upcoming talent, Rahma Sadau) and SAIRAMOVIES’ YA DAGA ALLAH. Coincidence? I think not. Her performance here is effortless and grounded. She is never looked more convincing as human. Now whether or not you thought these and her few extra pounds have anything to do with her new emotional freedom …er… Save that for another story.

MUNAFIKIN MATA tells a tale of Khamees (Ali NUhu) and his two wives Nafisat Abdullahi and Maryam Gidado. To Khamees, the only way he could sustain a peaceful and stable home is to make each of his wives feel superior. This he does by praising each in her presence and mocking the other not-around wife tagging their(with the absentee) relationship as “godly punishment.” In bringing Khamees to life, Ali deftly creates a character that is manipulative and later, lonely but never in the exaggerated Kannywood way we often see portrayed. It’s the actor’s evolution as he weaves through the ever-changing dynamics of his relationships with his wives that allows him to prove his talent. His real presence and performance makes the film’s unique premise work.

In an era where filmmakers prefer their movies with twinge of darkness and irony that mostly end up getting so confused and lost within themselves desperately trying to convince audience, abusing their intelligence and wasting their time in doing so, A.S Mai Kwai keeps reminding us that there’s nothing wrong with shallow entertainment and MUNAFIKIN MATA is buoyant enough to deliver. So yes! Mai Kwai Movies are not high art, but they have fun characters and stories to tell and the stars are often invested in his movies. In a way, they comment on society and say something about the human condition and then get out of the way so you can get on with your life.

Come on! We are all tired of bunch of cliche life advice from an old guy that appears for no reason and forced “emotional” moments that attempt to trick us into thinking the movie is real, written by humans and everything. Luckily, refusing to fall prey to the kind of over-plotting and melodrama that have been the hallmark of kannywood, Yakubu M Kumo replaced all that with witty and smart script.

MUNAFIKIN MATA isn’t a bunch of great characters in a weak script, not a good idea with no where to go, not an advertisement for some upcoming movie connection but a fun little family movie. Aminu Saira’s approach to the material is outstanding. Everything seems human and not with the kind of raw tension you get from over-dramatised, unnecessarily energized movie.

If I have any complaint against MUNAFIKIN MATA, it will be that characters are not fully developed. For example, had Nafisat and Maryam Gidado given an un-identical personality to work side-by-side with Ali Nuhu, the film would have turned out different. The movie never attempts to work any harder than it has to. It leans too much on its culturally-established characters.

The old saying goes that love of money is the root of all evil. It’s a principle that movies seem to embrace, but in the end often abandon in favor of some predictable plot shifts. The moral is applied in MUNAFIKIN MATA for the makers didn’t attempt to drag it with a big, pointy teeth! And it is no surprise to see that it retains its cinematic legitimacy. A.S Mai Kwai earns his tons of gorgeous white with a movie meant to be enjoyed just for the fun of it.

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17 thoughts on “Movie Review: MUNAFIKIN MATA


    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.

  2. Kannywood is doing a wonderful job. Munafikin mata is awesome, d 2 ladies nafisat and maryam were gorgeous. *Thumb up* to A S maikwai

  3. despite the fact that,currently now am not get the chance to whatch the movie now,thanks to all the crews and artists for their acclaimed audience praised efforts,am wishes them all the best,thanks.

  4. despite the fact that,currently now am not get the chance to whatch the movie now,thanks to all the crews and artists for their acclaimed audience praised efforts,am wishes them all the best,thanks.

  5. Maryam gidado was outstanding in munafikin mata she played her role perfectly and I appreciate her efforts. May Allah help u. Amiiiin

  6. This is a nice review and personally Ali Nuhu is throughly d king in todays Kannywood industry, he does not act film for acting seck on like others rather he features in films that are relevant, meaningfully of what is happening in the society e.g. Bakin alkalami, kona gari, bashin gaba, jarumin maza, maraici, dakin amarya, da kishiyar gida, marainiya, kudi a duhu, maza da mata, madubin dubawa, yarmaye, munafikin mata, matarka matatace, matar hamza, Rarrashina etc the list is enless. I mostly watch Kannywood movies only those featuring ALI NUHU because at d end i don’t have to be thinking/asking questions on d lessons/what d film is all about. Thankyou Kannywood scene for providing this medium.

  7. The only problem i have with your blog is that you are never up to date. Your last write up is over a month ago, one might think its been closed down. Pls try and update regularly.

    1. Assalam a gafar ceni turancin nawa bai gama nuna bane,hakane malam sulaiman shehu,abin ai daga allah ne,shi ali nuhu yakasance zakaran gwajin dafine acikin sa’anninsa,kama daga ilimi,hankali,sanin yakamata,girmama na sama da kuma tausayawa na kasa dashi(gurin basu hakkinsu)…ya iya mu’amala da mutane,ga irin fina finan da kamfaninsa yake shiryawa(F.K.D production)kaga ko ai baka hada shi da wani bako …08037599091or 08026063085 elyaseen kumby GOMBE…

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