Anikulapo, a Netflix original that was created and directed by seasoned actor Kunle Afolayan, is currently the most watched non-English Netflix original movie.
A weekly top 10 list of Netflix’s most popular films showed that between October 3 and October 9, 2022, Anikulapo had been watched for 8,730,000 hours. Even though the movie had only been out for 11 days, this was still the case. This was confirmed by Kunle Afolayan Production in a statement on Wednesday.
The movie is set in the pre-colonial era of the 17th-century Old Oyo Empire and tells the tale of a wanderer who comes to Oyo in search of greener pastures. The sojourner initially gains favor there, but subsequently discovers love in a prohibited place.
A-list performers like Kunle Remi, who played the title character Saro, Bimbo Ademoye, who played Queen Arolake, Sola Sobowale, Mr. Macaroni, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Taiwo Hassan, and Oga Bello were among those who appeared in the movie.
The film’s popularity, according to the makers, is evidence that it appealed to viewers from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
The statement read, “While this is being celebrated by Nigerians home and abroad, the acceptability of it from people around the world with different cultural background and beliefs proves beyond words that Anikulapo tells a universal story that every human across the world can relate to. “It is also noteworthy to state that the movie in a great way creates an inclusiveness of both male and female character traits, bringing to light the fine thin line between lust and love, hate and resentment, illusion etc.”
Afolayan, on his Instagram page thanked the movie fans for their referrals and reviews.
He said, “Congratulations to us all and thanks to you guys out there for the reviews and referrals.”
This comes just few days after the Nigeria Oscars selection committee disqualified Anikulapo from the nomination list of the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.