Nigerian actor Samuel Robinson, who is popular for his role in “Desperate Housewives Africa,” has become the first Nigerian to star in a Bollywood film.
The actor has gone from Nollywood to Bollywood with “Sudani from Nigeria,” a film about a poor Nigerian footballer who wins an opportunity to travel to India to represent an international team.
The movie focuses on the struggles faced by a foreigner working in a strange country. It also explores the dynamics of his relationship with his manager, teammates, Indians, and the pressure to provide a better life for his very poor family.
“Sudani from Nigeria” stars Samuel Abiola Robinson as Sudu, Soubin Shahir as Majeed, and is produced by Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid.
The producers of the movie were searching for young male Nigerian actors on the Internet when they came across his picture.
“I fit what they wanted and they then contacted me to offer me the role. To be honest, when I first got the email, I thought it wasn’t genuine,” he told Pulse Nigeria.
“I didn’t fully believe it was happening till I was on the plane to India. If miracles are real, this was definitely one of them.”
He has also appeared in several major productions such as EbonyLife’s “Desperate Housewives Africa,” M-Net’s Tinsel, MTV Base’s “Shuga” and Raconteur Production’s “8 Bars And A Clef.”
There’s no release date yet for “Sudani from Nigeria.” Directed by Zakariya, the producers are aiming for a release in India and Nigeria.