Baya Da Kura traces the life of Sabo (Rabi’u Rikadawa), a highly irresponsible and illiterate villager who came back to his family after he left them for 20 years. Sabo, who’s been keeping tabs on his family, knew that after he left, his wife Dije (Hadiza Ahmad) gave birth to a daughter named Maryam (Fati Washa). On his return, Sabo set out to end Maryam’s marriage with Mustapha (Ali Nuhu). That led to series of clashes but Sabo is a man on a mission, there’s a reason he came back looking for his daughter and is prepared to go to any length to do so.
Baya Da Kura is a decent movie. The most interesting thing about it is not spectacular but effective, managing to engage its audience and maintain its flow for the most part. What makes the film even better is the way Saira conveys Sabo’s character in the garb of humour, and villain. The screenplay hit most of the right notes in people through Sabo’s character.
But like most mainstream Kannywood movies, Baya Da Kura is very short; you can’t help but feel the clichéd ending was a bit rushed. The writer seems too convinced about the potency of the plot that despite his attempt to create suspense, fails to come up with any unexpected twist and turns.
On the cast, Rikadawa’s impressive performance is the highlight of the film. Hadiza Ahmad also brings the emotions required for her role. Fati Washa doesn’t exactly exhibit the conflict that her character is supposed to be going through. Ali Nuhu’s best moments came only during the court sessions.
Even though the resolution the director finds for his characters in Baya Da Kura is predictable, their short journey is interesting to make up for a decent watch.
Reviewed by: Ibrahim Umar Bello