Mai Izzildin refuses to accept minor roles
Young Egyptian actress Mai Izzildin is getting away from the cinema these days and has a slogan that says “no time for cinema currently”. The young actress is working on a drama called “Ya Ward Meen Yishtireek” alongside Samira Ahmad, Ahmad Khalil, and Laila Taher. Rabab Hussein directs the drama.
Mai is performing the role of Sherut who is a wealthy girl whom her father passed away and left with her mother to take care of her.
Mai had also joined the drama “Abu Iskandar” along with Mahmoud Abdul Aziz and Madline Tabar and others. The story is by Midhat Al-Adel and direction is by Magdi Abu Ameerah.
About her leaving the cinema Mai revealed that she is waiting for a proper fulfilling role but she is not regretting her previous roles in cinema, reported the London based Elaph.
Mai had faced failure after achieving only modest sales for her latest movie Farah, which started screening a short while ago. The new movie achieved 160 thousand EGP in its first week, because disputes occurred with not only Mai but also all the participants in the movie starting from fellow actors and ending with producers.
The movie was a failure from its very beginning and for many reasons; first the producer himself, Mohammed Naser, who does not possess any experience in this field, wrote the scenario. Second, the producer built the whole film and tailored it to suit a seven-year-old girl who was treated as a big movie star. Third, after the shooting was complete, Midhat Madkour, head of censorship announced that the Egyptian censorship only omitted 3 phrases and all the news about using children commercially was not true and was a mere maneuver of the producer to promote the movie.
Critics refuse to link the movie failure to the bad timing and exams, saying that the movie was screened in 30 cinemas and collected 160 EGP in the first week while [Troy] and [The Day After Tomorrow] were screened in only five cinemas and achieved high income at the same period.
Mai has filed a complaint to the Egyptian actors association and another to the Egyptian cinema association against the producer of the film “Farah” demanding the film be halted and forbidden from screening until the advertising posters for it are changed.
Mai was shocked when she saw large posters of herself on the streets all around Egypt showing her almost nude. The actress investigated the matter and it turned out to be that the producer of her latest film placed a photo of her head on an almost nude body, in an attempt to attract more viewers.
Mai told newspapers in an interview that the movie faced many problems with Egyptian censorship. She added that while she was on a visit to the UAE, director Akram Fareed called her and told her that almost 12 scenes of her movie were omitted, which were played by the child Noor Ihsan. Mai said that omitting these scenes will ruin the dramatic texture of the movie and will affect the story a great deal. –Albawaba.com
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