The National Film and Video Censors Board has ordered cinemas in Nigeria to stop showing a recently released movie, titled, Sugar Rush directed by Kayode Kasum, and largely publicized by singer Bankole Wellington aka Banky W and wife, Adesua.
we gathered that the films have earned about N160m income since it was released on December 25, 2019, The movie was, however, removed from cinemas by the NFVCB, the Federal Government agency responsible for classifying movies and giving approval for release.
The film centres on three sisters who accidentally discover $800,000 (N288m) in the house of a corrupt man which online critics, says the comedy drama also shows failed attempts by the EFCC to recover the money, depicting the EFCC operatives as incompetent and clumsy.
Several online reports suggest that the poor portrayal of EFCC in the comedy was one of the reasons it was pulled out of cinemas.
Confirming the suspension of the movie, Banky W said he was optimistic that it would return to the theatres.
He wrote on Twitter, “Thank you all so much for the support that our film Sugar Rush has received. Unfortunately, due to issues that are way beyond our control, Sugar Rush has been suspended from playing in cinemas.
“We’re hoping the issues will be resolved quickly, so we can resume screening as soon as possible.”
In a subsequent tweet, the musician said the NFVCB was already looking to resolve it.
However, the Executive Director of the NFVCB Adebayo Thomas, in a telephone interview debunked that the movie was suspended because of pressure from the EFCC.
He said “The movie was given temporary approval in December. They had told us that they wanted to release it on Christmas Day and they were thus given a temporary approval pending the approval of a permanent one.
“The temporary one lapsed before they could complete the process of getting the permanent one.
“The matter has nothing to do with the EFCC as is being reported on social media.”
Thomas said the movie had not just significantly increased box office revenues within a short period, but had improved our cinematic culture which is sine qua non for attracting the investment Nigeria desires.
“I am currently working with the distributor, producer, director and key actors to grant final approval for the resumed exhibition at cinemas,” .