The premier of the film “Ali Spicy,” starring Egyptian folk singer Hakim and actress Summaya Al Khashab was recently launched in Cairo.
The film, produced by the Arab Company for Production and Distribution, is Hakim’s entrance into the acting world.
The plot centers around a medical student and passionate singer named Ali, who attempts to heal his patents with music.
Ali is from Saeed, a conservative part of Egypt, and must lie to his father, when he has not completed his degree. He tells his father he is already a practicing a doctor, when in reality he is seeking the right opportunity to become a superstar.
The film sends out negative messages about the music industry, depicting questionable techniques used by some artists to become famous and how the influence of the media.
Film critics have argued Hakim’s performance was poor, but a good showing for his first film.
According to the London based, Elaph, Hakim caused doctors at Qasr Al Aini hospital in Cairo to break into a fit of rage when he sang non-stop for three days while shooting scenes for the film in the hospital.
Witnesses said the cast and crew tuned the hospital into a “nightclub” whileith singing and dancing through the corridors.
Doctors on staff demanded that the chaos end, arguing that the crew was disturbing the patients. Eventually the hospital administration revoked their permission to film.
Hakim stated that he was shocked to see patients leave their rooms and gather to watch and request their favorite songs.