The titular character in Sudani from Nigeria, is a young African lad who flees from the clutches of poverty and civil war and lands in Kerala to play football for one the local clubs. The club is managed by Majid (Soubin Shahir) who himself is living in misery, but like Sudani finds his hope and solace in football. When an injury forces Sudani out of action requiring medical attention and care, the responsibility falls on the shoulders of Majid along with his near and dear ones. What follows is a heart-warming tale of humanity which, as wonderfully depicted in the film defies all boundaries and language barriers. The film is driven by the most endearing and delightful set of characters and the unconditional bond that they share with each other. All actors excel in their respective roles, but it is Soubin who stands out. This brilliant actor who was till now being typecast as the hero’s sidekick providing comic relief, proves his versatility with a nuanced and layered performance. You rarely come across stories that are so simple and real yet leave a long-lasting impression. To put it shortly, this is a little gem with a lot of heart.
Rating – 4.5/5