Maya Nasri to the small screen
After her debut on the big screen in the film "Code 36", Lebanese singer Maya Nasri has celebrated the beginning of filming the scenes for her first television drama "Sultan Al Gharam" (Sultan of Love).
The drama marks Maya's first leading role on TV. She will costar alongside Egyptian actors Khaled Saleh, Lucy, Tarek Lutfi and new comer Sandy. The series is written by Mohammad Ashraf and directed by Shireen Al Adel, who had previously directed the television dramas "Sarah" and Agent 1001".
The story of the drama revolves around a poor man, named Sultan, who dreams of becoming rich and begins his journey from rags to riches.
Throughout the series of events, he meets Maya, a business women suffering from an over possessive husband. Maya eventually leaves her husband and marries Sultan after he had become a successful business man.
Recently, Nasri went on a number of tours around different Egyptian cinema houses to see cinema goers reactions to her new film "Code 36", in which she stars in alongside Egyptian actor Mustafa Shabaan.
At every cinema house the singer visits, she is surrounded by fans and the media, who were invited by the singer's production company Rotana to cover her visits.
According to the London based Elaph, the film had made over one million Egyptian pounds in profit, which is considers to be a very good amount for a film released at such a time, that is considered to be the low season in the film industry. The one thing that was odd in Maya's tour was the fact that the star of the film Mustafa was not present at any visit.
Due to the over crowding of the Egyptian cinema industry with the influx of films, in addition to the ongoing disputes between film distributors that had exploded two months ago, the screening of the film had been postponed for release this month.
The film had previously been postponed from the first Muslim holiday Eid Al Fitr to Eid Al Adha. The film is among many that had been eliminated from the holiday movie race.
The film, written by Nader Salah El Din, is directed by Ahmad Faraj, his first feature length film, and is produced by Hisham Abdul Khaleq.
In the film, Maya plays the role of a singer and aerobics instructor who, after a severe accident, is forced to hire a private body guard played by Mustafa. This new relationship marks the beginning of their romance.