“Our Life’s Dreams” turns into a nightmare for Mustafa Shabaan
The chaos that has erupted over the recent film “Ahlam Umrina” (Our Life’s Dreams) has not ended as tabloids continue to publish verbal attacks by certain stars of the film against one another.
The two leading actresses, Muna Zaki and Muna Shalabi, were absent from the film’s premier earlier this month.
Muna refused to attend, trying to disassociate herself with the film, and Shalabi was away in England during the premier.
According to the London based Elaph, the situation between the cast of the film had escalated to the point that Zaki made a public announcement stating that she will never work alongside Egyptian actor Mustafa Shabaan or any of the other cast of the film again.
Zaki’s anger with Mustafa was exacerbated after behind the scenes footage, which was filmed by his personal camera, was released to a number of satellite television channels.
Mustafa has refused to comment on Zaki’s allegations, stating that his only concern is the film. However, he did note that these problems have negatively affected the success of the film, and he hopes that a resolution to these matters will be reached as soon as possible.
Zaki stated, “This film is not mine, and so I will not attack it in a negative way,” adding “the important thing is the lessons I have learned from this experience.” She stressed that she will not attend any of the premiers for the film and wants nothing to do with it.
The film’s production has faced several problems over the past two years, some of which resulted from the producers, and others which emanated from Mustafa and director Othman Abu Al Laban.
Shabaan and Al Laban eliminated several of Muna’s scenes, giving her only a minor role.
As a result Muna refused to continue working on the film, leading the producer to file a lawsuit against her.
Muna, who is known to be a dedicated actress, threatened to file a counter suit against the producer based on his violation of her basic rights as an actress. The producer withdrew his complaint.