“The Champagne Sparkling Cup”… Madiha Kamel and the fascinating stars

A very special place for all followers of Egyptian cinema for several decades, the hot Alexandria girl, with her specific features, stormed the Cairo art scene without permission, arriving and touring the star race within Hollywood East, until her name was issued in the posters. She had a remarkable presence, making her the girl of youth dreams for two successive generations, with her lightness, presence and attractiveness.

“She is the dream girl of all young people in the seventies and eighties, the lover of the camera, the screen cat, and the champagne glass, the amazing multi-talented actress from her childhood, the athlete who won many championships, and the author of poetry and stories,” wrote the Egyptian journalist Mohamed Sersawy at the beginning of his book, which is located in 290 pages of central pieces, expressing his personal admiration for Madiha Kamel.

The author is like the children of the eighties (born in 1985) for whom Madiha Kamel held a high rank: “The Girl of Dreams.” He decided to break into this world through the first book issued in Arabic to monitor her biography, titled “The Years of Appearance and Disappearance,” by Al-Rawaq Publishing House. In Cairo.

In his speech in which his book was published, Sarsawy said that he disagreed with his father on everything except for one point, which is that Madiha Kamel owns “Hatta Din Wush” in the Egyptian colloquial Arabic.

Birth Station: Rabaa Al-Adawiya

Madiha Kamel’s path to the throne of stardom was not easy, and experienced many difficult stations, to the point that she retired from art at the end of the journey. The birth station was in the bride of the Mediterranean Sea in 1946. She lived in a peaceful childhood atmosphere on the coast of the sea, during which she experienced the first days after the revolution of July 23, 1952, and left ten years later she for Cairo, in 1962, when she was still sixteen years old.

Her artistic debut was on the school stage in Alexandria during the preparatory stage, where she played her first role, the character “Rabaa Al-Adawiya” in the play of the same name, and she was awarded the title of best actress at the school level, which opened the way for her to move to the capital, Cairo, in search of Dreams of stardom within the artistic field.

In 1964, she began her journey in Bint Al Moez with several small roles in the cinema and theatre, and also participated in many fashion shows. In 1965, she joined the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at Ain Shams University to continue her studies, along with the constant efforts to climb the ladder to stardom.

Luck played her game, and the journey began successfully in front of the screen monster, Farid Shawqi, when she co-starred in the movie “30 Days in Prison” at the end of the sixties of the last century, after her first leading role, and coinciding with crises that besieged the film industry at the time, Madiha Kamel disappeared a little from view.

The opportunity to return to leading roles did not come again, except in the era of Lebanese cinema, which saw joint Egyptian-Lebanese productions, those films that appeared during the period of war that began at the end of the sixties and the began to rage in the region. of the seventies, and although they did not achieve critical acceptance, but their Madiha Kamel in At that time she was widely popular among young people, and the audience considered her one of the most beautiful faces of Egyptian cinema.

Madiha Kamel began to take shape as a dream girl.

When Madiha went to Beirut, she participated in the movie “The Hamra Street Cats” in the role of a hippie girl, who did not like that character, so she then joined the movie “The Poet of Love ” participated in front of Mahmoud Yassin. , and was happy to return to the championship next to the rising star at the speed of the rocket at the time, and the poems The poetic poetry of Nizar Qabbani presented by the Lebanese director Muhammad Salman in the film, which is loaded with national and Arabic sentiments about the hero of the Palestinian guerrilla story.

Madiha read all of Nizar’s texts, and continued to sail on her other journey, in which she was not busy being a seductive hero, and therefore we find her alone among the stars of the era of Lebanese films going to Egypt returned, and she is at the peak of her artistic glow to continue her success, even with the onslaught of critical opinions about those films The era, it did not affect the artistic appreciation of Madiha Kamel’s talent, and what Madiha What saddened Kamel the most was that when she attended the Tehran Film Festival, she found major international directors telling her that your face is discolored, and that you can play all the roles and characters, while Egyptian directors insisted on her nomination in The roles of seduction and excitement only.

According to the third chapter of the book, Madiha Kamel said that she wanted a recording device with her to document the opinion of foreign directors so that the Egyptian directors could hear it, change their minds and nominate her for all the roles, which she believes that they denied her.

After that period in which she did not gain critical acceptance, she took on a major artistic challenge with director Kamal Al-Sheikh, after agreeing to star in the movie “Rising to the Abyss” opposite star Mahmoud Yassin.

The role in the film was very difficult, from which most of the stars of the seventies fled, so Madiha Kamel announced herself as a high-caliber actress by accepting the role.

In her station with Kamal Al-Sheikh, Madiha Kamel proved that she is not just a beautiful face that only fits in seduction roles.

By analyzing the artistic performance of Madiha Kamel, it is clear that she decided on her final mix after working with Kamal Al-Sheikh More than 70 films, including many signs of Egyptian cinema.

Sarsawi succeeds in conveying, through 8 chapters, the details of Madiha Kamel’s life from the first days of her childhood to the ordeal of illness, and in another more important point, which is the close-up view of Madiha Kamel ‘s spirit, which she will surely love more if you see her from that seat next to Sarsaoui.

According to his interview with us, Muhammad Sarsawi was fascinated by Madiha Kamel’s personality. He says: “I watched people express their love by publishing her photos. I wanted to enter her private and artistic world as if someone was looking for a magic door in her portrait, a door that leads to her.”

Over time, his desire to write about Madiha Kamel intensified, and his journey began through the archives of the national newspapers, the Catholic Center for Cinema and the National Library and Archives.

He disagreed with his father on everything, except on one point, that Madiha Kamel owned “Hatta Din Wush”, and when he grew up and worked in the press, he decided to write a book about her, and wrote about her: “The mistress of the camera… and the glass of champagne… that she writes.” poetry and stories

“It can be monitored, organized and analyzed, so that (the experience) turns into a book that is like a rose placed on her grave, and from here the book’s approach was the interweaving between Madiha’s private life and her works of art.”

“Her private life since she was a little girl in her city Alexandria, a talented and intelligent child, has been a star since her childhood in the field of sports, playing and writing thoughts, and then played while in middle school , and she even won the first acting award at the level of the Republic in the school drama competition,” says El-Sersawy in He talked to us.

Madiha Kamel portrayed herself with a mixture of innocence and excitement in performance, in addition to the attractiveness of the face, which were the power elements she relied on during her artistic career in more than 70 films.

Sarsawy continues to speak, as if he wanted to summarize his book/experience in short words: “I was keen to monitor the artistic stages in her life through the chapters of the book, and there were eight chapters monitoring her life and art at the same time, while revealing the factors that led to her retirement, direct factors and indirect factors, such as the pain of love and marriage experiences, the pain of illness, the pain of losing loved ones, and her position on the rumors that she confronted, her life after retirement, her death, and how everyone saw her, as well as her relationships with her only daughter, her vision of art, her respect for its message even after retirement, and her rejection of any word that touches or far, the value and importance of art, and finally revealed to Madiha’s special interests, such as drawing and reading, and her special treasures, such as the paintings that hang in her apartment, her paper library and the video library, as well as her relationships with literature and writers.

When Sersawy treated the research topic, he noted that “Madiha’s dialogues with the press reveal new dimensions in Madiha’s personality and artistic vision. Sometimes, honest and funny dialogues when talking about art and the roles she played, or about love or her only daughter. , Mirhan, and at the other time you find dialogues that radiate from her.” Sad, especially when she talks about her brother’s death, her mother’s illness or other circumstances of her own, so she discovers that Madiha Kamel’s journey was not an easy journey, but rather a difficult journey in which she suffered a lot until she achieved what she was aware of what she deserved from an artistic position.

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