Egyptian actor Muna Zaki portrays the late Egyptian legend Souad Hunsi, known as Egypt’s Cinderella, in a new television drama “The Cinderella,” that tells her life story.
The cast and crew of the drama, written by Mamdouh Al Laithi and directed by Sameer Seif, are at war with the heirs of Souad’s estate.
According to the London based Elaph, the late actor’s heirs demanded large sums of money to make the drama, and the drama has been unsuccessful thus far. Additionally, many of the actors have faced criticism for their portrayal of the people in Souad’s life, and rumors have begun circulating that the cast has yet to be paid.
At first people in the entertainment world had doubts that the drama will ever be made, but they were shocked when news came out that filming begun, and Muna and costar Midhat Saleh celebrated at ‘Al Ahram Studio.’
A Cairo court overruled a decision to ban “The Cinderella.” The courts initial decision ruled in favor of Al Adel Group and the heirs of Husni’s estate who asked the court to prohibit production of the drama.
Husni’s heirs argued that the events of the drama did not portray her accurately, and had warned producers and Egyptian actor Muna Zaki, playing the role of Husni, to remove inaccuracies from the script.
In addition, Egyptian producer Jamal Al Adel filed a lawsuit against the drama’s production company ‘Tareq Nour,’ claiming that he had reached an official agreement with Husni’s heirs to create a similar drama, and had even paid them three million Egyptian pounds in advance.
The cast also includes Tamer Habib, Sami Maghawri, Ghada Rajab, and Sherrie Adel. Filming lasted for three months between Cairo and London, and the drama is currently being aired.