Laila Elwi calls off strike
Egyptian actress Laila Elwi has finally ended the commotion she had created by going on strike and refraining from shooting the remaining scenes of her Ramadan television drama series “Bint Min Shibra”. The actress called off the strike on the notion that she did not want to ruin her image or that of Egyptian drama in front of Arab viewers.
According to the Egyptian daily, Al Akhbar, it has been revealed that the Kuwaiti television has threatened to file a lawsuit demanding 10 million US dollars in compensation if it did not receive the remaining episodes of the drama due to the fact that it had already begun airing it since the beginning of Ramadan.
The cast of the drama have already begun shooting the final scenes in order to place an end to all the commotion that has been created and are hopeful the series will find satisfaction among viewers. Recently, after officials at the Egyptian Broadcasting Company had decided to exclude Elwi’s drama “Bint Min Shibra” just hours before its scheduled airing, the actress decided to go on strike on not film the remaining scenes. Laila had announced that she will not shoot the four remaining scenes of the drama which consist of two indoors and two out, that need at least six days to complete.
A request to temporarily stop the filming due to the state of depression Laila and the entire cast of the drama fell into, due to the decision to eliminate the series. The cast denied rumors that the drama was excluded from broadcasting because of censorship reasons, stressing that the censorship had already given its acceptance.
Officials at the Egyptian Broadcasting Company had suddenly announced that they will not allow the screening of Egyptian actresses Yusra, Laila Elwi and Elham Shaheen’s Ramadan drama series from airing on their local channels during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
In the TV drama [Bint Min Shibra], Laila performs the role of a Greek girl who refuses to leave her home country [Egypt] and falls in love with an Egyptian Muslim man who rectifies lots of her wrong concepts. –Albawaba.com
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