By Habibu Maaruf Abdu
Since the middle of the previous week, the trending news on Kannywood has been revolving around a racy film entitled Makaranta. The Kano censorship board declares the film’s director Aminu Nasara wanted for releasing the uncensored film trailer, which embodies obscene content.
The trailer starts with a school setting, and a female voice is heard talking about jima’i (‘sex’) crudely without euphemism. Two female students are then shown conversing in a classroom where one of them advises the other in a vulgar dialogue as follows:
“Banda tsabar sakaci da dolanci kawai kina zaune har ya buɗe jaka ya ɗauki bireziya baki sani ba. Idan kikai wasa da wannan dolancin kina sakin baki wataran sai ya cire miki pant…”
“If not for sheer foolishness, why would you just sit there while he opened a bag and took the bra without you knowing. Unless you are careful, he would, one day, take your panties off…”
The aforementioned are just a few of the many vulgarities in the trailer. So, if the two-minute-long trailer alone is this bad, how do you expect the complete film to be? Males and females are even shown touching one another and licentiously dancing in some scenes!
No doubt, such despicable movies are a threat to the well-being of our society. They can negatively influence viewers, especially the young generation, and dent our beautiful reputation as the Hausa Muslim populace. A film is a reflection of the society where it’s produced. I, therefore, strongly condemn the immoral movie. Making such a film is insolent, and all those involved should be brought to book.
Although the film director is trying to dissociate it from the mainstream Kannywood, his claims are unacceptable because the film is mainly in the Hausa language. Moreover, many of its characters are portrayed as Hausa Muslims (We hear names like Luba, Saudat and Suwaiba). Our society, therefore, has every right to follow it up since it’s something which, they think, could tarnish their image. The director is thus subject to both public outrage and censors punishment. The National Film and Video Censors Board should collaborate with their Kano counterpart to ban this film and impose a total ban on all films of its kind.
I will conclude by commending the efforts of the Kano censorship board in sanitizing Kannywood. Moreover, I call on them to devise more extreme punishment in dealing with the perpetrators of immorality in the industry. This would serve as a deterrent to others.
Habibu Maaruf Abdu wrote via email@example.com.