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Adel Imam's critically acclaimed play Bodyguard to stream on Shahid VIP

The three-hour-long play, starring Adel Imam, will be released on 26 February

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Feb 2021
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Bodyguard, one of the most successful plays in recent Egyptian history, will be streamed exclusively on MBC's Shahid VIP, a subscription-based premium service. 

The three-hour-long play, starring Adel Imam,  will be released on 26 February.

Bodyguard had an 11-year run in Cairo from 1999 till 2010.

Bodyguard focuses on Adham — played by Imam, a prisoner who makes a deal with Saad, a fellow inmate and a businessman, to work as his wife's bodyguard. When Aisha, the wife, falls in love with Adham, Saad tries to send him back to prison.

The play, which was directed by Rami Imam, also features Raghda, Ezzat Abu Aouf, and Said Abdel-Ghany.

Bodyguard marked Rami Imam's beginnings as a director. For Adel Imam, it was the last theatre production he worked in before dedicating himself completely to films and television series. 

Imam is considered one of Egypt’s biggest film, television, and theatre stars, with almost five decades of box office hits and plays under his belt.

His best-known plays are Madrasat Al-Mushaghebeen (1973), Shahed Mashafsh Haga (1975), Al-Wad Sayed Al-Shaghal (1984), and Al-Zaiim (1993).

In film, his most famous works include We Are the Bus People (1979), Al-Avocato (1984), Al-Irhab Wi Al-Kabab (1992), Bakhit Wi Adeela (1995), Amir Al-Zalam (2002), Aris Men Geha Amneya (2004), Al-Sefara Fi Al-Omara (2005), and Alzheimer’s (2010).

On TV, his memorable works include Ahlam Al-Fata Al-Taer (1978), and Domou Fi Oyoun Waqeha (1980).

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in Al-Irhabi (1995) and Yacoubian Building (2006).

Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai International Film Festival awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award twice, once in 2005 and another in 2008.

In 2017, Imam was given the Career Achievement Award at the first edition of El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF),

Primarily known for his light comedy roles in the 1960s and 1970s, Imam later delivered serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, portraying ordinary individuals who struggle but eventually overcome powerful social or political pressures.

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