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Ahmed Helmy to Star Alongside Wife Mona Zaki in Umm Kulthum Biopic "El Set"


Wed 15 May 2024 | 09:49 AM
Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki
Ahmed Helmy and Mona Zaki
Yara Sameh

Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy will guest star in his wife, actress Mona Zaki in her upcoming Umm Kulthum biopic "El Set".

Mohamed Farag and Amr Saad will also star in the pic.

Marwan Hamed is directing the pic from a script by Ahmed Mourad. The film comes as a part of the "Big Time" Investment Fund that aims to raise the quality of Arabic content and filmmaking.

The fund is sponsored by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. It invests in the most important Saudi, Gulf, and Arab films by the biggest stars of the Arab world. 

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in a few days.

Umm Kulthum

Born on December 31, 1898, Umm Kulthum has no equivalent among singers in the world and represented the soul of the pan-Arab world for decades.

Her potent contralto, which could blur gender in its lower register, conveyed breathtaking emotional range in complex songs that, across theme and wildly-ornamented variations, could easily last an hour.

Her death on February 3, 1975, brought millions into the Cairo streets to mourn, and while her influence among Arab singers is incalculable, it extended far beyond it.