Laila Elwi on strike until the screening of Bint Min Shubra
Prominent Egyptian actress Laila Elwi has announced that she will not take part in any television work until her drama “Bint Min Shubra” is screened on Egyptian local and satellite television. Despite the fact that the actress had given her initial acceptance to star in the new drama “Maraya”, she insisted that she cannot start shooting the scenes until “Bint Min Shubra” is aired placing the director and the entire cast in a very tight spot.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, the Egyptian Minister of Information Mamdouh Al Biltaji had recently announced that the drama will definitely be banned from screening on Egyptian local and satellite-based television channels as it will negatively affect the religious and social harmony that has existed for many years.
Elwi has expressed her surprise at the decision taken by the Egyptian Minister stressing that it was within her rights, as well as those of the rest of the cast of the drama, to be given a logical explanation for the minister's decision.
On the same note, director Jamal Abdul Hamid voiced his objection to the decision by referring to the official statements released from both the Al Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church clearly stating that the drama was in no way controversial and that there will be no opposition to the airing of the series. The final episodes are currently being prepared for what was supposed to be the upcoming broadcast of the second part of the series.