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‘Mando’ raises controversy

Ministry responsible for maintaining quality

KUWAIT CITY, April 28: A lot of controversy was raised during the past hours after a blog was posted by the Egyptian director Mohamed Al-Adl, famously known as “Mando”, the director of the series “Umm Haroun”, Hayat Al-Fahd, who has a very high view rate, and appreciation from critics, and leads the Trend on Twitter and the media, reports Al-Anba daily.

‘Mando’ at work

In his post on his official Facebook page, it was mentioned that ‘Trend’ series in five Arab countries in one day, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain and Oman, and that this had not happened before in the history of Gulf or non-Gulf series, and concluded the post by saying ‘Long live Egypt and its artistes,” which exposed it to the attack in the social media.

When Al-Anba called the director, Mohamed Al-Adl for his reaction he replied saying he did not write the post in order to anger people or anyone, “I wrote it because of my happiness, being Egyptian and representing my country by directing this huge work and achieving this great success.”

Meanwhile, sources confirmed the ministry has not signed any new contract with those in charge of companies producing Ramadan shows until now. Sources disclosed the ministry signed contracts with a number of producers in previous years; but not this year considering the exceptional circumstances in the country, especially the economic situation.

Sources said the ministry believes it is in the interest of the country if it carefully selected shows for Ramadan, such that it does not contradict the media and national messages aimed at educating the public about coronavirus.

Sources explained the ministry is also responsible for maintaining the quality of the local screen, but it does not mean agreeing with the demands of companies. Therefore, the appropriate decision was taken to reduce the budget of some shows and refrain from signing new contracts, sources added

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