My story with Hussain Al-Imam... the eternal seeker of joy and ease (1) - Raseef 22

My story with Hussain Al-Imam… the eternal seeker of joy and ease (1) – Raseef 22

The most beautiful thing about it is love and adoration

And two moments of laughter and goodbye

Life healed and twisted, I found the most delicious

Changing it means fatigue and misery.”

I do not think that I have known anyone in my life who embodies the meaning of this quartet such as the comprehensive artist Hussein Imam, who was and will continue to be associated with me in the sense of searching for joy and ease, and as the radiant, vibrant human who desires to escape from the suffering of the world and its deadly traps, this is how I saw him all the times I met him, It seemed to me that he was very similar to his image that appeared through his lyrical works, various programs, or most of his acting roles, although he was a rich actor capable of change and diversity, but like many of our actors, he was only exploited in a few cases, and when some began to notice his energy. The rich man and thought of employing her as befits him, the death beset him, which everyone who knew Hussein the Imam thought that he would visit him very late.

Hussein Al-Imam told us that night that he learned that one of the most important keys to a long stay in the artistic community is to always maintain your calm and suppress your emotions.

When I began to get to know artists and writers closely, I realized how the image of a cheerful artist or a satirical writer in his ordinary life can differ from the image that people know of him through his works or writings, to the point that you think that he has schizophrenia, or that the imp of joy does not wear him Except when he represents or writes and then leaves him all the time, and on the contrary, Hussein al-Imam, who could not find you upset or in a state of turmoil, would only try to remind you of the importance of staying away from sullen, not with theoretical words, but by suggesting certain foods that could make your mood better, Or places to travel inside or outside Egypt to change your mood, or listen to music you were ignorant of, or watch “black and white” movies that can increase your positive energy. , but you used to believe him and get excited about him when he came from Hussein Imam, who was a living embodiment of joy and tenderness.

After years of following him as a fan of his songs and music, I personally got acquainted with Hussein al-Imam in 1997 in the scenes of the play (Ballo), which was shown on the Nasr City Theater

When I told him jokingly once that what he was doing about spreading joy in the daily segment that he had presented for years on the (Cairo Today) program is forbidden to remain limited to subscribers of the Orbit channel only, and that it is necessary to establish a ministry of joy in which he will be its minister, to present through it What he offers people is a magical mixture that combines music, food, joy and clever irony of social reality, which he sometimes restrains and provides for between breaks. The most dangerous thing for the Egyptians, and therefore it was not a coincidence that he left the world in days when the Egyptians’ surplus of slander was enough to export to the inhabitants of the earth and the neighboring planets.

After years of following him as an admirer of his songs and music, I personally got acquainted with Hussein Al-Imam in 1997 in the scenes of the play (Ballo), which was shown on the Nasr City theater, after I started my close friendship with the great artist Salah Al-Saadani, may God prolong his life, and I used to finish my work in the newspaper ( Al-Dustour), which I was editor-in-chief, and I went to the theater to stay up until morning in the company of Salah Al-Saadani, Hussein Al-Imam, Mahmoud Al-Jundi, Hassan Al-Asmar, Ashraf Abdel-Baqi and Samah Anwar, who had replaced at that time to please Younes, and when the rehearsals of the play “Alabanda” which was produced by Issam began The imam of the same producer (Ballo), was joining the company, Muhammad Henedy and Alaa Wali Al-Din, who were coming with some members of the Alabanda team to hear the tunes that Hussein was making for the songs of the play.

Those evenings reached the peak of their joy, when Hussein al-Imam participated in singing and playing the guitar, to discover in him his unique ability to compose any phrase that caught his attention in the session, turning it into the beginning of a dance song, writing the rest of its words on the air.

Those evenings reached the peak of their joy, when Hussein al-Imam participated in singing and playing the guitar, to discover in him his unique ability to compose any phrase that caught his attention in the session, to turn it into the beginning of a dance song, writing the rest of its words on the air, a talent that many touched. Later, when Hussein’s multiple talents were invested in the (Cairo Today) program, in which he presented a night segment in which he mixed cooking, music and light conversations with guests, which was done at the suggestion of the general supervisor of the production of Orbit Channel in Egypt, director Tariq Al-Kashef, Siddiq Hussein. The old and a member of the Taiba band, which Hussein had founded in the seventies with his brother Ahmed, later known as Modi Al-Imam, which was not famous for most of its songs, as much as it was later known as the band in which Ahmed Ezz (Tycon monopoly and corruption) sometimes worked as a drummer.

After that, my relationship with Hussein Al-Imam broke off, and I did not see him again except on the program (Cairo Today), in which I participated in one of its episodes on the second day of Eid al-Adha in 2003.

After that, my relationship with Hussein Al-Imam was cut off, and I did not see him again except in the “Cairo Today” program, in which I participated in one of its episodes on the second day of Eid Al-Adha in 2003. The movie “Saye Bahr”, which was the second absolute starring of Ahmed Helmy, and was the third movie to appear for me after the films “Haramiya in KG2” and “Al-Basha Taleb”.

Amr Adeeb met me that night coldly. I did not understand his secret at first, but I remembered shortly after that I had written about him in 1998 in the newspaper (Al-Geel) an article in which I mocked him when he started his work as a broadcaster, considering that he was given this opportunity that he does not deserve nepotism and his quest to impose it on the viewers in the same The channel where his older brother Imad El-Din Adeeb works, and within minutes of starting our hosting in the second part of the program, the episode had turned into a heated skirmish, after Amr accused the film of sabotaging the morals of young people and encouraging them to have sex through tricks by the hero of the film and his friends, Let us exchange a response to his accusations of the film, which was subjected to a campaign of incitement against it because of its name, song and promotional advertisement to the extent that a representative in the People’s Assembly submitted an interrogation against the Minister of Culture demanding that he be held accountable because the censorship of artistic works affiliated with his ministry authorized a film like it that incites slavery and makes fun of the Arabic language represented in its song Poems of Imru’ al-Qays and Hafez Ibrahim.

Amr Adeeb met me that night coldly. I did not understand his secret at first, but I remembered shortly after that I had written about him in 1998 in the newspaper (Al-Geel) an article in which I mocked him when he started his work as a broadcaster, considering that he was given this opportunity that he does not deserve nepotism and his quest to impose it on the viewers in the same the channel

Things developed more when Amr Adeeb accused our film of encouraging veiled girls to take off the veil, citing the existence of a shot in which the scarf falls from Yasmine Abdel Aziz’s head. Although Ahmed Helmy was nervous about the course of the dialogue, which he thought was celebrating the film, as the program’s authors agreed with him, he tried to suppress his nervousness over the film and the boycott campaigns that he might be exposed to, so he emphasized that the film does not call for removing the veil, with evidence that Yasmine She continued to wear the veil until the end of the film, and that Yasmine Abdel Aziz’s appearance in the veil is related to the nature of her character as a girl who works as a saleswoman in a popular neighborhood.

As for me, by virtue of my impulsiveness, which – believe it or not – I have now lost a lot of it, I interrupted the response of my quiet dream and decided to turn the matter into a stifling, to tell Amr that I do not know since when the symptoms of jealousy over the veil appeared in him in the first place.

As for me, and by virtue of my impulsiveness, which – believe it or not – I have now lost a lot of it, I interrupted the response of my quiet dream and decided to turn the matter into a stifling, to tell Amr that I do not know since when the symptoms of jealousy over the veil appeared in him in the first place, and that it is a shame that he speaks with such superficiality and flirtation. For the religious audience’s feelings to incite him on the film, especially as he is the son of the great scriptwriter, our master Abdel Hai Adeeb, who can be accused by any extremist viewer of corrupting people’s morals and inciting vice with films that Amr’s criticism can apply to such as Locusta, Memoirs of a Teenager, Disco Disco and the previous films of the seventies immigrating to Beirut and Istanbul, unless he intends to call his father to invite him to apologize on the air for his role in spreading vice and corrupting morals.

After we got back on the air, the scene was very funny, because everyone was nervous.

The atmosphere became more electrifying, and before I went on to elaborate, Nirvana Idris interrupted me, announcing the resumption of the discussion after a short break, after which we go to the kitchen segment presented by the artist Hussein Al-Imam. And satisfied with a tense smile, Hussein al-Imam entered the studio, and it seems from his exaggerated welcome to us that he made a decision not to continue the discussion in this way, as he asked Amr and Nirvana to let him lead the dialogue when we return to the air, saying words of the type “Siboni welcome.” With my friends he stayed.” He apologized to Ahmed Helmy for the heated atmosphere that he reassured him that it would be in the interest of the film, and tried to calm me down by reminding me of the Alabanda theater sessions, and soothing Ali Rajab by recalling the memories of working in films in which Ali worked as an assistant to Enas Al Degheidy, among which was the movie (Estakoza), which deplored my criticism. To him, he told me, “Beware, lobster sang, you don’t like it… Take care, we’ll sing it together on air.”

After we came back on the air, the scene was very funny, because tension was evident on everyone’s faces, except for Nirvana with a face whose emotions never change, for Hussein Al-Imam to start talking about the heated discussion about films, which should push the audience to watch films and judge them for themselves, and because I I had not calmed down yet, I grabbed the floor to make it clear that the dispute was not about an opinion about the quality or poor quality of the film, but rather by attaching false moral accusations to the film, so that Hussein replied that he did not understand that Amr was saying that as if it happened in the film because he did not watch it in the first place, but rather was conveying An opinion he heard from one of the critics, asking: Isn’t that like that, Amr? Amr shakes his head without enthusiasm, and Hussein changes the subject to talk about the movie’s song, which was famous for its singing (Ya Ali), asking about the writer of its lyrics. Ali Ragab tells him that it is from the words of Shukri Mahjoub, and that I suggested inserting the house of “Deception, escape, and planner together” in its introduction. And the house “I am the sea in his guts” in the middle of it.

Suddenly the discussion for the rest of the episode turned into a talk about movie songs and dreamy poetry, and he began receiving calls from viewers that commented on the dish that Hussein was cooking, which I no longer remember what it was, but I still remember that it was extraordinary in its beauty, like all the dishes I have tasted after This is in my participation in the program as a guest over the years, and what I remember most is how Hussein took me and Ali Rajab side by side after the end of the episode after Ahmed Helmy left, and he started telling us honestly and kindly about the danger of anger and the lack of control of emotions for those who want to work in art.

Although I did not succeed in this completely, I dedicate to him the great deal that I have achieved, continuing to remind myself of the importance of staying away from sullenness and emotion.

Hussein Al-Imam told us that night that he learned that one of the most important keys to a long stay in the artistic community is to always maintain your calm and suppress your emotions, up to a stage that only comes with experience and practice, which is to turn any situation that angers you into an object of ridicule between you and yourself, and do not give anyone The chance that he sees you angry or irritable, because he will realize that that emotion is your weakness, and if he hates you, he will use it after that for his benefit, and that the greatest victory over those who wish to make you angry is to ignore him and deprive him of seeing your anger from him, which is a beautiful word I admit that I failed to apply it for years A long time ago, I wrote years ago that when I was able to change my nature that seeks to express its emotions right now and in the moment, I would dedicate my success to the spirit of Hussein Imam, and although I did not succeed in this completely, I dedicate to him the great deal I have achieved, continuing to remind myself of the importance of Away from sullenness and emotion. As for cheerfulness and complacency, I do not think that anyone can find them easily these days, even if Hussein is the Imam.

We will continue next week, God willing.

* The article expresses the author’s point of view and not necessarily the opinion of Raseef22


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