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Hikima is a crime thriller that lifts itself out of the limitations of the form by spotlighting questions of guilt and retribution without diluting its edgy quality. Murtala BMB’s unobtrusive yet effective camerawork is especially noteworthy – make HIKIMA an unmissable film.

Since revenge stories are literally done-to-death in cinema, crafting a smart thriller around the same old saga requires smart execution and tactfulness. Director Sir Hafizu Bello’s ‘Hikima’ delivers solid thrills and genuine twists with great effect. This whodunit, keeps the viewer engaged and constantly guessing about the big reveal.

The majority of the drama unfolds between just the two characters SADIQ and Barr. UMAR, as they recollect the episode of Usman’s murder. It’s a dialogue-heavy setup, where the interaction between two central characters draws you in and their repartee catches your attention. In the simplest sense, the premise of ‘Hikima’ is a conversation between an accused, Sadiq and his lawyer, Umar. But, the very fact that both characters withhold the truth and reveal their true intentions, slowly and steadily keeps the intrigue alive.

This movie shows that you can be glued to your seat just watching powerful performances .You can do without music without romance without any frills… The solid performances by Sani Muazu and Nasir Naba, along with the eye-for-detail in writing by Nazir Alkanawy and his story teller Balarabe Murtala Baharu, make the film a thrill-a-minute ride.

It’s crystal clear that sheer entertainment was definitely an endeavour of PRODUCER Mustapha Ahmad (Alhaji Sheshe), after his Blockbuster TAQADDAMA his now solid his career with HIKIMA.

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>CINEMATOGRAPHY by MURTALA BALALA, SOUND by SANI CANDY, EDITOR by ABDULLAHI MAILAFIYA, COLOURIST by INKELLS ICE AGE, FINAL MIX by GIDEON EMMANUEL, BACKGROUND SCORE by ZAHRADDEEN KARMATAKO, LIGHTENER by NURA HUDU and of course the Captain of the ship DIRECTOR HAFIZU BELLO… these technical artists and the Director made HIKIMA a different movie,

>The screenplay and storyline is tightly coupled so as to be mysterious at its best and slowly events unfold giving you thirll.

>Performances are top notch starting from Sani Muazu, Nasir Naba, Maryam Yahaya, Maryam AB Yola, Jamila Nagudu, Stephanie Dadin Kowa to Paul Sambo nailing it with their performances.

>The climax is amazing and will blow your mind.

>The locations is great, shows Kano State from different angle.

>Pace of the film is very slow which could have been made a bit off the chair like an court drama to make it more effective.

⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5 stars… A perfect movie to spend your #christmasholiday2021 with.

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