Image 1 of 8: Mazaj Al Khair (Good Mood): Everyone’s in a great mood but the creators. The drama is embroiled in a legal brouhaha for being ‘incompatible with the spirit of Ramadan.’ Demands that the show get suspended if not slashed altogether abound. If bellydancers & Mostafa Shaaban won’t spoil your holy month, don’t miss the launch next week!
Image 1 of 8: “Al Da'eyah” (The Preacher): Legal notices are being filed everywhere, and this drama couldn’t hide. Somebody wants this show off the air! Their excuse? The series attacks the Muslim Brotherhood. So we say, air it, air it! Hani Salama stars as the lead actor.
Image 1 of 8: Alzawja Althaneyah (The Second Wife): It’s not the first wife who’s offended, but the family of the drama’s original writer, Ahmed Saleh. The show’s crafty creators decided to poach it as a TV series without permission. The family have filed a lawsuit against them! Polygamy drama is a fab idea, but next time get the OK first boys!
Image 1 of 8: Mawlid We Sahbo Ghayeb (Mawlid Missing the Celebrated ): Accused of violating the sanctity of Ramadan, this show has obscene scenes in store! We haven’t seen a promo yet, but just knowing that singer Haifa Wehbe and dancer Fifi Abdo are the leads is enough for us to side with the lawsuit! If all fails, we recommend post watershed viewing!
Image 1 of 8: Donya Asya (Asia’s World): What do Doctors, Dancers & Casinos all have in common? They’re in Mona Zaki’s upcoming show. An artist married to a doc suffers an accident & loss off memory and decides to become a dancer in a casino. The real problem? The show stands accused of violating the sanctity of the holy month. Only in Asia’s world!
Image 1 of 8: Manbar Al Mawta (Tribune of the Dead): We won’t speak ill of the dead, but we will bash the person who arrested the writer, Samer Radwan. The series tackles the Syrian suffering at the hands of Assad. Still, most of the drama has been off set: While Samer has been released, the show’s director Rasha Sharbatji pulled out of the project.
Image 1 of 8: Hekayet Hayat (Hayat's Story): Who’s Hayat when she’s at home anyway? Hard to know since the film’s director, Mohammad Sami, and its first lady, Ghada Abdel Razeq, have been at each other’s throats for the filming. He said, she said: Ghada accused Sami of being a druggie who assaults her on set, he accused her of attempting to murder him.
Image 1 of 8: Hammam Shami (Syrian Bath/Hammam): Just the thought of this show is relaxing! Some are claiming that the show will be postponed until after Ramadan because there were no takers- no TV channel had actually bought it or offered to air it. Well, guess what? Hammam-enthusiasts, TwoFour54 are producing the comedy series! Take that rumor-mongers!
Ramadan is just around the corner, and while many associate it with yummy food and good behavior, we all secretly know that it's all about the entertainment line-up for the month - namely the good, the bad and the beautiful TV shows it has to offer. Once our tummies are filled-up and our brains slowly begin to function again, we like to kick off our shoes and dive into soap heaven.
Click. With hundreds of TV channels airing tens of Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish dramas, each with their own unique soap opera storylines, we're truly spoilt for choice! Every year, a volcano of emotions erupts inside us, as the Syrians make us laugh, the Egyptians make us cry, and the Lebanese make us gasp, with scene after scene of gritty life, fantasy fiction, classic commedy and murky melodrama and never without (and the Arabs can't resist) politics.
For the Arab audiences, it’s a tough act to swing-- tuning out of the politics, the wars, the ugly realities engulfing the region and diving into the bliss of escapism courtesy of the telly. And the pressure falls on the makers of Arab TV soap to deliver the goods. In Ramadan, it’s no easy feat either. There are extra rules to consider that Muslims can let fly eleven months of the year round. It’s all about best behavior on and off the set.
But can the creators get carried away or bend the draconian rules of the Holy Month a little? Some seem to think so! Many of this year's dramas have had their fair share of ups and downs, what with the political instability in the region and because of (what we like to call) the TV hooligans.
Yes, hooligans. They like to stir things up and criticize any show that comes their way, regardless of whether it is crappy or captivating! Please, somebody keep that remote control away from their interfering hands! And, as if criticizing wasn't drama-queeny enough, some have gone as far as filing lawsuits against those scrip writers! Ummm, that's going a tad too far, isn't it?
If Turkish dramas, with their romantic story lines and touchy-feely scenes, manage to survive the censor's cut, then why shouldn't a traditional bellydancer in a feisty Egyptian drama be granted the green light?
Luckily for you, we have rounded up 8 of the most controversial TV shows this Ramadan, unadulterated and uncensored, that have made the Karim month’s short-list. We bring you Ramadan TV bloopers!
Read up and tell us whether you think a casino dancer ruins the spirit of the Holy Month, or if it's OK to air a show with a stolen script!