The director, Mariam Abu Ouf, postponed the start of filming her new movie “Arousa Halawa” until completion of negotiations with artist Nelly Karim, in the hope of including Nelly among the film’s stars.
In a statement to the Youm7.com website, the director said the reason for her determination to include Nelly in the film is her personal belief in the latter’s talent and suitability for the role. She added that she has not yet received Nelly’s final approval. The actress is tied up with the series “Huda Nisbi fi Baghdad,” which is being filmed in Syria.
The plot of Abu Ouf’s new film revolves around the issue of spinsterhood suffered among many young women. The story conveys the message that the reason for spinsterhood is not a defect in the young women, but rather an erroneous perspective where the women are not attracted to the men proposing to them. According to the film, this results in their marrying at a later age or in spinsterhood.
Abu Ouf co-wrote the film with Dina Qazman. Abu Ouf obtained the approval of Mona Shalabi and Bushra to take part in the film, something she attributes to her close friendship with them.
The film will also star a number of other actors, including Heidi Karam, Hani Adil, Angie Wajdan and Nidal Al-Shaafa’i. Filming is anticipated to begin in early October.