And so on the 30th of Ramadan was the dramatic end of Asmahan in her TV Series and the new generations were introduced to the beautiful Druze princess whose voice charmed a whole generation.
I did n’t followed in Ramadan any TV Series except two : Asmahan and Hima. I will speak about Asmahan here because it is from rare Arabic bio TV series that did not turn its characters to angelic idols despite that the Syrian production company could not cross some lines considering the status of Al Atrash family in Syria till now. Also the TV Series gave to the Egyptian and the Arab viewer an excellent opportunity to know the history of the Druze sect in Syria that was always treated suspiciously in our media because of the Druze sect in Israel.
Asmahan or Amal Al Atrash ‘s life was a mix of suspense from the beginning till the end of her short life , she was 27 years old when she was died or rather killed by the British intelligence in Egypt in an enigmatic car accident.
Syrian Solaf Fawakherji now is a star in Egypt after doing the role of Asmahan in a way I could not have imagined,already this is real beautiful talented actress Mashallah proved that she is not a pretty face like in Cinema,her trials in the Egyptian cinemas with Good News Films Production company were not successful but this time she made it to the hearts and minds of Million of Egyptians .
She is fluent in moving form the Egyptian to the Arabic accent. Still I felt that she should not have portrayed Asmahan as a teen but of course let’s remember Asmahan started her career as a singer as a teen and was married to Prince Hassan as a teen.
Ahmed Abd El-Latif Shaker is reborn star in the role of Farid Al Atrash. For the record Ahmed is more Handsome than Farid. I do n’t know how many films he watched but he really nailed Farid and how the later used to talk. Ahmed also proved that the Egyptian actors can speak Shami like the Shamis and the accent barriers can be crossed.
Fahd Al Abad took the place Tyam Al-Hassan this year in the role of Prince Hassan Al Atrash despite he is not that handsome like Al-Hassan. It is more about the Character itself. The Romantic powerful prince who loved a woman that did not love anyone except herself.
Fares Ibrahim also made it in Egypt despite he was always nervous and screaming. I am not surprised why Faisal Fouad Al-Atrash is standing against the TV Series till now.
My only remarks that I do not like in this TV Series was the choice of actors in Egypt in specific roles ; for example :
Amal Razek in the role of Amina Barudi whom I will dedicate a separate post insh Allah and Mohamed Abd El-Hafez in the role of Egypt’s 1940 ladies man and man’s men Ahmed Salem.
Razek is a good actress but she can’t speak English good at all “You know she is a Prince !! “ Amina the famous Egyptian socialite in 1940s and BBF of Asmahan was a British Secret service agent !! There was no real revision like they said in the titles !!
Now I don’t like Mr. Abd El-Hafez ,he does n’t have any Charisma what so ever nor any acting talents, he is only in the business because of his father , the famous director Ismail Abd El-Hafez , by the way this is from the rare appearances where Mohamed appears in a work that not his father debut !!
I don’t know why they chose him , he doesn’t look like Ahmed Salam and he doesn’t speak like him at all, yes the only film we got for him from his 9 films was a bad quality black and white film still he looked handsome in my eyes, my grandma also told me that he was handsome young man not to mention his rich background in Delta. After all look to the list of women he hanged out and married : Camilla “he discovered her” , Taheyya Kariokka “his wife” and Madiha Youssery beside Asmahan.
Amina and Salam seriously deserve separate posts , they are so rich and interesting.
About the music and songs,the Syrian Waad El-Bahri l who sang the songs in this TV series should come to Egypt immediately,we need these voices now more than ever.