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KFB Movie Review: “The Arbitration” which features OC Ukeje and Adesua Etomi is a copy and paste version of an Indian movie!

The Arbitration

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I am so excited about today’s review because two of my favorite actors were the major players in the movie I saw, The Arbitration.

  
The
Arbitration tells the story of Gbenga and his employee Dara who had an
affair. After the affair ended and Dara left the company, she sued
Gbenga and accused him of rape. An Arbitration panel was constituted to
find out the truth.
 
The Arbitration, was written by Chinaza Onuzo.

It was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and features O.C Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Beverly Naya.


Despite
its official synopsis, the movie isn’t one that addresses a rape case
with the aim of having a winner or loser.

The movie is supposed to be centered around a young
CEO man and a lady who work with a software company, interwoven in a
story of love and rape which called for an arbitration, BUT it deviated from the typical female rape story to 
unravel the mystery behind a young CEO who was about to lose his company
over a rape allegation by Dara ( Adesua Etomi) who  was his most
brilliant and productive worker and mistress.

 

The Arbitration
is the fall out of a final sexual encounter between Dara Olujobi
(Etomi) and Gbenga Sanni (Ukeje,)- one single, the other very married –
two former colleagues and lovers.

She alleges rape, alleging that
she was coerced into dropping her pants against her will in order to
keep her entitlements after their professional and personal relationship
fell apart. In his defence, he insists that the encounter was no
different from the countless others before; mutually consented.
The
complete film tells a slightly different story though.
  

The movie kicks off introducing Gbenga as
a rich billionaire who can afford the best lawyer to get him out of a
rape lawsuit, except there isn’t a judge, but an arbitrator (Sola Fosudo).
Then there is the confident lawyer Omawumi Horsfall (Somkele) and the overconfident lawyer, Funlayo Johnson (Ireti Doyle).

There is also the claimant Dara Olujobi, who
was supposedly raped by her married boss and ex lover, and forced to
give up her shares worth millions, after their affair ended.

My opinion:

 “The
Arbitration” is a movie that requires the viewers utmost attention as
it uses the flashback technique to take viewers through the various
accounts – get distracted, and get confused.

However, despite
the film’s screenplay moving back and forth on a round table in a room
with an arbitrator presiding over the proceedings, it is still easy to
connect with the characters and their various emotions, thanks to the brilliant director, Niyi!

The Arbitration
Also the background music/sound track was everything.

From Brymo’s “Femi” to Annie Lennox’s “I Put a Spell on You,” the film’s music is quintessential, and moves in a manner conforming with the film’s story and narrative.

Now to the amazing cast.
Sola Fosudo
as the arbitrator does an amazing job, Ireti Doyle handles her character as a no-nonsense professional lawyer with perfection and class.  

OC Ukeje excels in playing his character Gbenga Sanni with utmost conviction and confidence. Adesua Etomi as Dara Olujobi brings in the complete Etomi quotient to the film and acts her part very well. Somkele also nails her role as Omawumi Horsefall.

Not to mention the chemistry between (Adesua Etomi) Dara and Gbenga (OC Ukeje), oh wow, they are so cute together.

However, the movie’s official
jargon and legalese was a little too much. A viewer that is not in the “advertising” world will find it hard to understand some of the technical words they used in some of the dialogues in the movie.

Overall,
it is an interesting, brilliantly scripted and watchable Nollywood
movie, which focuses on a hardworking young woman fighting to get back
everything she worked and labored for.

To be honest, I found the movie interesting and thrilling and this would have been my conclusion “The Arbitration” offers a fresh and  original story scripted by Chinaza
Onuzo, and it is a must watch”
until it was brought to my attention that the movie was a copy and paste version of a 2013 Indian movie, Inkaar and I carried out my investigation, saw it and confirmed it!
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Inkaar is the love story of Maya Luthra (Chitrangada Singh) and Rahul Verma (Arjun Rampal) set against the backdrop of sexual harassment. When misunderstandings are created between the two lovers Maya and her mentor Rahul, she files a case of sexual harassment
against him. 

A committee is set up by the advertising agency they work
in to investigate their case and find out the truth. Rahul denies that
he ever had any such intentions to sexually harass Maya, but she insists
that he makes her feel insecure and unsafe in her own office. 

The
committee is unable to reach a clear conclusion as they do not know who
to believe. The climax of the film brings an unexpected twist to the
story, and in a final confrontation the two protagonists’ love emerges victorious. 

You can watch the Inkaar trailer below:

 

And the Arbitration trailer below:

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