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Mona Zaki, Ahmed El Sakka Return to Stage after 16 Years


Tue 10 Dec 2019 | 04:52 PM
Yara Sameh

Egyptian stars, Mona Zaki and Ahmed El Sakka will return to the stage after 16 years of absence with a new theatrical production holding a temporary title of "The wife of an important man".

The plot is adopted from an international script and revolves around a group of wives who pranks their husbands to take their rights from them.

The pair's last theatrical collaboration was 2003's play "Keda Okay" with Hany Ramzy, Yasmine Abdel Aziz, and Sherif Mounir.

Zaki and El Sakka are among the most successful duo in Egypt and the Middle East. They presented several of their successful films, including "Saeedi in the American University", "Days of Sadat" with the late star Ahmed Zaki, "Africano", "Mafia", "On Love and Passion", and "Taymour and Shafika".

They stopped cooperating together for 10 years until they began once again in 2016's film "30 Years Ago".

The pair are currently co-starring in film “El-Ankaboot” (The Spider), with two weeks remaining until they finished shooting.

The Spider is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2020.

On the other hand, Zaki began filming her new film “Al sandouk al Aswad” (The Black Box) in which she plays a pregnant woman.

It is written by Ahmed and Haitham El Dahan and directed by Mahmoud Kamel.

Furthermore, Zaki will participate in Ramadan 2020 drama marathon with TV series “Isis”, which will premiere during the holy month of Ramadan.

It is written by screenwriter Mariam Naoom, directed by Mohamed Yassin, and produced by synergy Production Company.

This is not the first cooperation between Zaki and Yassin; he directed her 2016 TV series “Afrah el kobba”.

Zaki was born in Cairo in 1976. She graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University.

The actress career started by chance at the age of 16, as Egyptian actor-director Mohamed Sobhi was searching for new faces, she applied in the hopes of getting a chance to meet Sobhi.

She was cast by Sobhi and had her first acting role in his play “Bel Araby El Faseeh”.

She later co-starred in a number of popular TV series such as “El A’elah”, “Khalti Safiya wel Deir”, “Nisf Rabi’ El Akhar”, “Ahalina”, “Ded El Tayyar” and “El Daw’ El Sharid”.

She also co-starred in several plays, among which were “Le’b Eyal”, “Ya Messafer Wahdak”, “Afrouto”, and “Keda OK”.

In 2001, Zaki received an award from Gihan El Sadat, the wife of former president Anwar El Sadat, for portraying her in masterpiece film “Ayam El Sadat” (Days of El Sadat).

A year later, she married prominent Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy and gave birth to three children Lily, Selim, and Younes.