Najwa Fuad returns to television in gold
Prominent Egyptian belly dancing legend and actress Najwa Fuad announced that she has accepted a leading role in the new TV drama “Imra’a Min Thahab” (A Woman of Gold). The new drama costars Ragda and is directed by Ahmad Nahas.
Nagwa is currently undergoing intensive meeting with the director to make sure the drama will add value to her long record of success. Nagwa is also considering accepting an offer by one of the Arab satellite channels to record her life memoirs instead of publishing it as a book as she recently intended.
The offer is basically having a series of interviews made with the dancer and then broadcast them in various episodes with clips from her previous movies and plays which she starred in.
Previously negotiations between Najwa and the Egyptian broadcasting company were held over the production of a new film that portrays her life. It was revealed that the two sides debated heavily over the price Najwa was demanding, it being too high, and therefore no agreement was reached.
Najwa had requested over a million Egyptian pound and major alterations to be done to the script of the film. The dancer also refused to have belly dancer Safwat to portray her in her early years and demanded that Dina be nominated for the first part of the film, where she will take over the second half.
Najwa stressed that Dina best fits for the role, and especially since she has returned to the entertainment world the chances of her acceptance run high. She added that she will resume talks with the production city to hope and come to an agreement, and if no agreement is reached she will look elsewhere to have her film produced.
Najwa had previously announced her intention to publish her life memoirs, but suddenly changed her mind saying that her life is full of personal secrets that she rather prefers to keep private and not reveal to anyone.
Fouad is the only dancer of her generation who is still performing. The others fell along the way, retiring for fear of forgetting that they were over the hill, gaining or losing too much weight, succumbing to illness or the pressures of competition and the hard work and harder temptations that riddled their lives. Those who survived unscathed took refuge in the familiarity of domestic life. Although Fouad no longer dances in night-clubs, she still works in theatre and on television.
Najwa was very popular in the 70's and 80's. Najwa's fame started to rise in the sixties. By the seventies Najwa was the top belly-dancer in the Arab world and beyond. She was on the cover of Egyptian magazines like the one of 1966 of "Al Kawakeb". Dancing has always been her priority above anything else. To be a dancer, a respected, famous dancer was her dream since she was about six.
She was born in 1943 in Alexandria under the name Awatef. Her father was Egyptian and her mother Palestinian. Her mother died a few months after Nagwa was born and her father remarried another Palestinian woman. -Albawaba.com
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