Egyptian singer Hakim has attributed the failure of his first film “Ali Spicy” to the ‘cinema mafia,’ who, he claims, purposely removed his film from movie theatres throughout Egypt.
The film, produced by the Arab Company for Production and Distribution, played only briefly at select theaters, and reportedly did not generate more that 250 thousand Egyptian pounds.
The singer stated that since his film was not produced by one of the major companies it was treated in an unfair manner, although despite this treatment, the film was able to achieve some success in the short time it was screened.
Film critics described Hakim’s acting as poor, but took into consideration that it was his first film.
“Ali Spicy” tells the story of Ali, a medical student and singer who attempts to heal his patents with music.
Ali is from Saeed, a conservative part of Egypt, and is compelled to lie to his father about why he has not completed his medical degree. He tells his father that he is already a practicing a doctor, when in reality, Ali continues to seek stardom as a singer.
Egyptian folk-singer Hakim recently signed a contract with ‘Alam El Phan Production Company,’ who produced the soundtrack. Hakim hopes his new CD will compensate for the financial losses of the film.
The Melody music channel, owned by ‘Alam El Phan,’ was the first to air the songs and mobile ring tones for the album.