Hind Rostom – a retrospective هند رستم

This is a brief retrospective of the career of Egyptian actress Hind Rostom ( هند رستم ). While it covers her long and sometimes controversial film career, she was also a good dancer and danced in many of her film roles. The retrospective also includes a “blink and you’ll miss it” shamadan scene from the 1963 Egyptian film ‘Shafika el Qebteya’ (Shafika the Copt شفيقة القبطية) where she played the title role. This film was about the dancer who’s credited with being the first to perform while balancing a shamadan (candelabra) on her head.
Hind Rostom (1929-2011) was an Egyptian actress who’s remembered mainly for her good looks and her many film roles as a seductress, which is a bit sad as she was a good actress when her range was tested. To quote Egyptian journalist Reem Ghazal, ‘Rostom was presented as an intoxicating mix of Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe.’ And as you can see, Hind Rostom was also a good bellydancer. She retired in 1979 saying that she wanted the audiences to remember her at her best.
Hind Rostom’s second marriage to Dr Mohamed Fayad lasted nearly 50 years. Unfortunately at the time of her husband’s death which was shortly before hers, Dr Fayad’s family took legal action against her to reclaim assets they said were theirs.

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Hind Rostom (1957) هند رستم‎

Hind Rostom (1929-2011) dances in a scene from the 1957 film ‘Inta Habibi’ (You’re my Love انت حبيبي ).  The film starred Farid al Atrache who’s the singer, Shadia, Abdel Salam Al Naboulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Directed by Youssef Chahine, the film tells the story of Farid and Yasmina, played by Farid el Atrach and Shadia. They can’t stand each other but are being forced by their respective families to marry though unbeknowst to their families Farid is singing in a nightclub and having an affair with a belly dancer (Rostom) while Yasmina is busy having an affair with another man. Farid and Yasmina decide to co-operate and pretend to like each other so their families will leave them alone but in the end they fall in love.