Director Enas Baker has nominated prominent actors Omar El Sharif, Ahmad Ramzi, Madeline Matar, Samira Abdul Aziz and Abdul Rahmnan Abu Zahra to star in the new television drama “Hanan and Haneen”. Enas has revealed that she is also waiting for the final approval of prominent actress Yusra and plans on beginning shooting the first scenes in early February.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, filming locations have been set to be in Alexandria Egypt and New York in the USA. Enas had previously won an a golden award at the Radio and Television Festival in 2001 for her film “Sahrit Taksheerit Mirati” (My Wife’s Frown), which was produced by the Voice of Cairo. She had also worked with El Sharif previously as an assistant director in some of his films.
On a different note, Yusra denied allegations that she indirectly pressured Egyptian actress Hannan Turk to remove the Hijab, an Islamic headdress.
Yusra also stated that she never asked Hannan's husband, businessman Khaled Khatab, to make his wife remove the Hijab or that she is behind the problems that are currently between the couple and may lead to their divorce.
Yusra stated that she had left Egypt before the Cairo International Film Festival, and during the entire time she was abroad she kept receiving numerous calls that she is pushing Hannan to remove the Hijab.
She added that once she returned to Egypt, she made a private call to Hannan and asked her if she was pressuring her to remove the Hijab, which Hannan told her that she never did. Yusra had then asked Hannan why she was saying that Yusra is pressuring her, but the latter stated that she never discussed the matter of her Hijab with anyone because it is a personal issue that is of no one's business.
Yusra said that some had taken advantage of her travel outside Egypt to create problems between her and Hannan. She noted that she does not pay much attention to such rumors and that matters like the Hijab is a decision that one takes on their own.
Rumors had it allegations made by Hannan against prominent actress Yusra has caused criticism to surface. It was said that Hannan stated that Yusra had repeatedly attempted to convince her to remove the Hijab.