The Egyptian Parliament has refused to allow the cast of the television drama “Sikat Al Halali”, starring Egyptian actor Yahia Al Fakharani, to film a number of scenes inside the Parliament building.
Director Mohammad Fadel instead requested the producers build a set that resembles the main hall of Parliament to film five scenes.
Yahia revealed that despite the Parliament’s refusal and the delay it has caused, all the scenes will be shot in time to air it during the holy month of Ramadan. It is said that 15 satellite television channels have signed contracts to air the drama.
Yahia’s disappearance from the spotlights several months back prompted rumors to begin circulating that he was in a severe state of depression over the failure of his past Ramadan television drama series “Al Marsi Wal Bahar” (The Sailor and his Anchor).
According to the London based weekly, Laha, Yahia denied the rumors, explaining that what had happened with the Ramadan drama was an important lesson for him, which is never to accept a role that is inappropriate for his age.
“The Sailor and his Anchor,” written by Jala Abdul Kawi and directed by Ahmad Saqr, revolves around the trials and tribulations of an Alexandria fisherman.