Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Maishinku: The Jason Statham Way
By Al-Amin Ciroma
Published in LEADERSHIP, February, 14, 2009
No doubt, the fans of breathtaking movie - The Transporter- will forever hail star actor, Jason Statham, who exhibited all sorts of stunts in the super movie. The actor’s background in martial arts enabled him perform beyond the bounds. Born in 1972, Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been an Olympic diver on the British National Diving Team, and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a model, black market salesman and finally of course, an actor. He got the audition for his debut role as Bacon in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels through French Connection, for whom he was modeling. They became a major investor in the film and introduced Jason to Guy Ritchie, who invited him to audition for a part in the film by challenging him to impersonate an illegal street vendor and convince him to purchase fake jewellery. Jason must have been doing something right because after the success of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), he teamed up again with Guy Ritchie for Snatch (2000), with co-stars Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Benicio Del Toro. After Snatch. came Turn It Up (2000), with US music star Ja Rule, followed by a supporting actor role in the Sci-Fi film Ghosts of Mars (2001), Jet Li's The One (2001) and another screen partnership with Vinnie Jones in Mean Machine (2001) under Guy Ritchie's and Matthew Vaughn's SKA Films. In 2002. he was cast in the lead role of Frank Martin in The Transporter (2002), Jason was also in the summer 2003 blockbuster remake of The Italian Job (1969), playing Handsome Rob.
On the other side, Ibrahim Maishinku, an ace actor, is one of Kannywood's new generation movie stars in the world of Hausa movies, taking the magic of Kannywood to the wider world. With his multi-disciplinary approach and flair for the thespian style, Maishinku has also marked himself out as a dynmic Hausa movie actor.
Born October 6, 1976, in Kano city, heart of Kannywood, the young Maishinku attended Dala Special Primary School for his crucial education. He successfully obtained his NCE certificate in 1999 at the Gwammaja II Secondary School. The highly competent actor is happily married to a beautiful and understanding wife, Zainab. She holds a diploma in Accounting and Auditing from Bayero University Kano (BUK). Zainab has fufilled the saying: 'Behind every successful man, there is a woman'. A lady of true feminine virtues, Zainab has supported her husband in all the ways a man needs to be supported in pursuing his career.
Maishinku started when he was in school. He used to keep a group of five friends. Speaking with our corrrespondent, Ibrahim revealed that he normally hanged out with his friends after school; their hobby was to drive around town and see places of interest. "One day...", according to him, "Aminu Shariff Ahlan, chairman, Ummi Productions, Kano, met Nura Nasidi, my cousin, and told him he wanted to feature me in his movie, if and only if I would be interested. Without any hesitation, I saw my dream come to reality.
His sudden debut into the showbiz was a slap on the faces of some of his firends, who see it as unbecoming. "I was introduced into film acting with a movie called Saki Reshe Kama Ganye. It was fun really, but my most memorable moments then was that I used to sneak from home as early as 6 am to go to location. I did that for many reasons. First, my family: nobody gave me a listening ear when I want to venture into acting, because they saw it as weird. In fact, I was rejected by virtually all of them. But I remained my humble self."
After the success of Saki Reshe, he again dwelled more into Kannywood in Ibrahimawa's Mugun Nufi, which the charming debutante actor wilfully accepted. "I believe in myself. I come to realise that the obligation on every human being is to have a positive ideology of his person. Movie business, like other works of life, is full of risk, full of uncertainties. You must be committed to your goals because as a start, you may be like a zombie in your locality in the sense that people might look down on you. As it is, our society is such that people termed movie making as wayward kind of venture, but specifically, it all depends on who is there for what."
Maishinku crossed the lethal bridge from acting into producing with his branded movie, Hujjah. The multi- talented actor debuted the Hausa movie industry with a ground-breaking character, the twine Maishunku stand till today. He is known to be the most self-effacing and down-to-earth actor in Kannywood.
Maishinku has featured in quite a number of movies, precisely 200. He has also won a lot of awards within and outside Kano State. The most notable award he triumphed is the best actor category he received from the Kano State government in 2003 for his selfless commitment into the hausa movie industry.
Some of his chartbusters are Marhaban, Waazi, Akiba and Tangarda. Others are Mahandama, Gidauniya, Harsashi, Madadi, Jarumai, Dan Zaki, Gidan Danja, Sa'ili, Musnadi, Risala, Madadi, Lura, Turnuku, Hujja, among others.
Maishinku's break into the entertainment business came as a divine one because he portrayed decency and dynamism in all the roles, likewise Statham, when an agent put him on an advertisement for the French Connection clothing company, he also had a unique and stylish manner in all his characters in the movie. The entertainment industry in the world, I may say has an outstanding loop in the professional way. And to the Jason/Ibrahim, I am sure sky is not even their limit.