Tension between Maya Nasri and Mustafa Shabaan
Lebanese singer Maya Nasri has expressed her extreme anger for disregarding her name in the credits of the film "Abiad Aswad" (White and Black), which is her first cinematic experience alongside Egyptian actor Mustafa Shabaan.
Maya stated that Mustafa had intentionally highlighted his name on the credits and disregarded other actors. She added that her name was written in a bad manner making her seem as insignificant.
Maya had requested director Ahmad Sameer Faraj to alter the credits or to remove her name from it, but he refused stating that only Mustafa has the privilege to do so, since the producing company gave him the right to alter the credits in the way he feels suitable.
The situation has created tension between the two actors and Maya is considered to be the third actress to feel this way about Mustafa. Previously actresses Muna Zaki and Muna Shalabi had stated that they will never work with Mustafa again for doing the same thing in the film "Ahlam Umrina" (Our Life's Dreams).
Faraj has confirmed that the film will be ready for screening during the second Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha.
Maya’s dream of acting had finally come true with this film, which she acts in alongside Egyptian actors Mustafa, Ahmad Saeed Abdul Ghani, Muhsin Mansour and Muna Al Maraghi.
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.
Maya said that she is honored to have the opportunity to star in her first film, and highlighted her previous acting experience in different television programs since 1996.
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.
Maya speaks Arabic in the Egyptian dialect in the film, masking her true Lebanese identity well. She performs two dramatic songs in the film.