Egyptian actress Maali Zayed intends on dedicating her time completely to finish drawing a collection of her own paintings. She plans to hold an art exhibition where she will display all her artwork hoping to add to her artistic career. “This work is one-man’s show while acting is a collective work. It is an idea, which one is responsible for in an attempt to interpret it in the form of symbols or message to be conveyed to the recipient. My first exhibition will include many paintings about hope, Palestine, motherhood, childhood, woman and others,” said Zayed
Ma’ali is currently reading the script for her role in a new film “Fadaih Bi Jalajil” (Scandal) returning to the big screen after an absence that lasted over three years. The film revolves around the life of a schoolteacher who quits her day job to take on the profession of a dancer at a local nightclub, through which she is faced with a number of problems.
According to the Kuwait based daily, Al Qabas, Maali’s last film “Anbar Wal Alwan” (Anbar and Colors) was a complete failure not achieving any viewer satisfaction leading her to a state of despair. After the film she decided she would halt all cinematic work and stick to the small screen.
Zayed has been away from cinema performance for a quite long time. She said, “cinema now faces a crisis of views and topics in addition to the damage which privatization has caused to it. Until the cinema problems are solved I shall continue working for the TV through which I play good roles bearing in mind that 75 percent of the audience watch TV. In the course of my artistic career and those of Laila Olwi, Elham Shahin and many more, the TV has introduced us to the cinema.”
The actress known for playing roles of villager women, said, “I like this role because it represents the middle class, which is very large. With my appearance typical of three quarters of women in Egypt who belong to this class, my performance of such role is enhanced. I want to interpret as much as possible the feelings of women from all sectors and aspire to do that throughout my life. My real enjoyment is to play roles for characters different from my personality.” - Albawaba.com