Hanan Turk insists on imitating Shakira
In the coming few days, prominent Egyptian actress Hanan Turk will start shooting the first scenes of her new movie “Shakira Fi al-Mounira” with director Ahmed Midhat in his first directing experience. The story is for Nihad Ramzy and scenario by Ahmed Abdul Fattah. Hanan performs the character of a girl living in a low class public neighborhood in Cairo who loves the international singer Shakira and copycats her in everything.
The movie was postponed many times because of Hanan's busy schedule. The first delay was due to Hanan’s filming of the movie [A7la al-awkat] and secondly because of the movie “Dunia” with Lebanese director Josleen Saa'b.
Turk had denied having the desire to compete with internationally well-known Lebanese-Colombian singer Shakira by calling her latest movie “Shakira in Munira”. Hanan insisted that the movie has nothing to do with the world pop star and there is only a similarity in names.
The Egyptian censorship did not approve of the title stressing that the pop star may sue Hanan and ask for millions as compensation for using her name to promote the movie. Hanan revealed that Shakira could only sue her if the movie revolves around the star's life story.
The film had created a commotion with the Egyptian censorship committee, for the fact that the film holds the name of the famous singer and there was a fear of facing lawsuits over the issue. Even though the film does not directly interfere with the singer's persona, officials felt that it is in the best interest to take precautions against any expected legal suit by the singer. –Albawaba.com
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