Laila Murad’s drama renews controversy about her religious beliefs and ties with Israel

Published September 5th, 2009 - 02:03 GMT

The new television drama series “Ana Albi Dalili” (I Can Tell by My Heart) that tells the life story of the late Syrian artist Laila Murad has renewed controversy about her religion.

  Laila converted from Judaism to Islam.

The series also talks about the Egyptian Jews and their relations with Israel.
The series is being aired on 14 Arab satellite channels, making it one of the most watched drama series among the 60 Arab drama series being aired this Ramadan season.

The series was written by Saleh Mursi and directed by Syrian director Muhammad Zuhair.

“Ana Albi Dalili” begins with Laila Murad’s birth in 1918, and then shows how Laila began her acting career in the 1930’s.

 The series touches on the life of Laila Murad since her birth till 1955 when she left the spotlight and got married to a general who carried out the “July Revolution” in Egypt. The series also portrays when Laila converted to Islam after her first marriage to the actor Anwar Majdi, whose marriage to ended in a divorce. Laila Murad passed away in 1995 after being away from the spotlight for a long time.

 The episodes feature the many dramatic events in Laila Murad’s life that were connected to the Arab-Israeli conflicts. For example Laila was accused of donating 50,000 Egyptian pounds to the Israeli army in 1948, but was cleared of the accusation in 1952.

Laila Murad’s family did not approve of the series and filed a lawsuit to try and stop the filming, although their claim was denied.

Syrian actress Safa Sultan stars as Laila Murad and the series also stars a number of Egyptian actors.


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