For the first time in her career, Egyptian belly dancer Fifi Abdo will steer away from playing roles that have gained her popularity and will play the role of a sophisticated businesswoman in the upcoming television drama “Ta’r Al Hubb”. Fifi had come accustomed to playing the role of the village woman or dancer in most of her television dramas.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, in the new drama, Ffi will play the role of Ashgan, a businesswoman who faces antiques merchants and most prove herself successful in dealing with them. The first scenes of the series are scheduled to be shot by next week under the direction of Mostapha Al Shamal. Prominent Egyptian actor Kamal Abu Raya will costar with Fifi along with Ahmad Rateb and Ahmad Khalil.
On a different note, Fifi has requested scenarist Faisal Nada to transform the life of the late Egyptian legendary dancer Tahiya Carioca into a television drama series, in which she will play the leading role. Fifi has nominated a third class belly-dancer to play the role of Tahiya in her earlier years, but refused to reveal her identity.
Fifi revealed that she will produce and star in the series, which will tell the life story of Tahia from her early beginnings and journey in the dancing world, her relationship with a number of figures from the political and entertainment world, and how she ended her career by resigning. Fifi has always wanted to portray Tahiya on the big screen and so decided to begin works on the film herself. Fifi added that she is willing to financially pay for the making of the drama, wanting to do it as a tribute to the late legend.
Previously, inheritors’ of Tahiya threatened to file a lawsuit against Fifi if she went on with her project of making a television drama about the late dancer. The late dancer's nephew Osama Husni Al-Jiddawi threatened Abdo that the heritage of his late aunt belongs to him and his family and no one could use the story without the inheritors' permission. Fifi claims that the late dancer gave her the permission before she passed away but Osama denies knowing anything about such a deal adding that he spent the last few years with his aunt who did not mention any form of an agreement with Fifi.