Journalists invited to a ceremony marking the commencement of filming of the upcoming television drama “Aan El Awan” (The Time Has Come) starring Algerian singer Warda, left disappointed and outraged after they were denied interviews, only permitted to photograph.
Warda refused to hold any interviews, claiming she did not have enough time.
Journalists stressed that the singer's actions were inappropriate, especially since they were formally invited to cover the event in advance.
Composer and producer Salah Al Sharnoubi revealed that in addition to the singer being preoccupied with filming, her condition does not allow for her to exhaust herself. Her son requested Salah to limit her participation at the ceremony to taking pictures, he explained.
Warda is returning to the small screen after a 25 year absence. She requested the producers make sure the role is suitable for her age and does not endanger her reputation as a singer. Warda has returned to Cairo where she now resides on a permanent basis, although still making frequent visits to Algeria. She sold her opulent apartment in Paris in anticipation of the move.