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I have no regrets directing the film ‘Badala – Muhammed Kabara

The film has been at the centre of a controversy between the board and the producer of the film, Alhaji Ado Abba over the release…

The film has been at the centre of a controversy between the board and the producer of the film, Alhaji Ado Abba over the release of the film into the market.

It was gathered the film was issued a certificate certifying its suitability for the market but with subsequent change in the administration of the board and the Hiyana saga, the producer resubmitted his film for re-censoring.

The new administration of the board under the leadership of its new DG, Malam Abubakar Rabo withdrew the earlier approval saying the film contradicts Islamic teachings and the norms and values of the Hausa/Fulanis. This decision did not go down well with the producer and the dispute was said to have been resolved by the Kano state Shari’a commission where the issue was said to have been settled.     

Disputing the claim at a conference with newsmen in kano, Kabara said he was strongly offended by the DG’s statement and that the theme of the film was totally misconceived. He also said he could not remember ever expressing any regrets on the film to anybody. He stresses that as a Muslim and professional director who directed over 500 Hausa movies, he was fully aware of what he was doing during the shooting of the film.

 “I am a Muslim and I know what it is to go beyond the teaching of Islam. And as a Muslim I have never and will never direct a film that contradicts the teaching of Islam, therefore, to say that I have regretted directing that film, honestly, is a fabrication aimed at degrading my personality in the industry,” he said.

Kabara called on the board to revisit its approach to censorship and reforming the film industry in the state, saying a radical approach is not appropriate.


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