This is Egyptian superstar Fifi Abdu in a scene from the 1982 Egyptian film ‘Quench the Fire‘ (Min Yotfe el Nar من يطفئ النار ) in which she has three costume changes. The film starred Lebanese singer Walid Toufik who is the singer with her. The film also starred Egyptian actresses Raghda and Athar el Hakim and screen legend Farid Shawki. The writer and director of the film was Mohamed Salman who moved to Cairo from Lebanon after receiving his degree and became a noted singer in 1950s Egyptian films. He appeared with dancers Katy, Hager Hamdi and Horeya Mohamed amongst others. He was married to fellow singer Najah Salam.
Trivia: Walid Toufik was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and had his ‘big break’ appearing on the Lebanese tv talent show ‘Studio el Fan’. He moved to Egypt and his career really took off from there.
This is Egyptian bellydancer Fifi Abdu performing her well known ‘shisha’ tableau as part of her acting/dancing performance as Noha the bellydancer in the 1994 Egyptian stage play ‘Hazzemni Ya’ (‘Tie Me Up’ حزمني يا). It’s a social comedy that tells the story of Zawawi and his wife Bahija who, together with his brothers, live happily in their small rented house until the owner wants to pull it down and build a new building on the site. The play starred Hassan Hosny, Magda Zaki and Mohamed Heneidi who’s a well known Egyptian comedian.
Trivia: Also starring was Egyptian singer/actor Medhat Saleh who was sued by Fifi Abdu in 2003 for ‘unpaid debts’. The case got messy and Fifi Abdu subsequently sued Saleh’s former wife Shireen for slander. Eventually Fifi and Saleh were reconciled in 2006. Medhat Saleh was later engaged to Syrian singer Asala’s sister Amani (not the dancer), then they broke up as Asala and her husband opposed the union, but in the end he married Amani anyway.
Fifi Abdu dances in a scene from the 1990 film ‘Moulid We Sahbo Ghaib’ ( مولد وصاحبه غايب). The film also starred Youssef Shabaan, Mohsen Sarhan (on the floor on the right), Magda Nour El Din and Nabil Elhagrasy.
Fifi Abdu dances in a scene from the 1994 Egyptian film ‘Al Sagha’ (The Jewellers or Goldsmiths الصاغة but titled ‘The Jewellery District’ in English). The film starred Fifi along with Kamal al Shinnawi (the man who enters the nightclub), Yousri el Ashmawi and Salah Abdallah.
‘Al Sagha’ was the last feature film for Mohamed Reda, a fine Egyptian actor who died the following year.