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The filmmaker continues to chase the film "fantasy of a dead" and his hero Ahmed Helmy, was arrested director of the film Khaled Marei - Monday morning - at Cairo International Airport on charges of possession of drugs.
This may sound personal to the director, but in a broader context it is partly related to a series of unfortunate incidents that the film has gone through since its release until today, is it a coincidence or is there another reason behind all these incidents?
Khaled Marei and drugs
“Fantasy of Mata” is not the first collaboration between Ahmed Helmy and Khaled Merhi. They made some of Helmy's best and most popular films, including “Sorry for the Inconvenience” (2008), “Black Honey” (2010), and finally “Love and Duran” (2016).
We are therefore in front of a famous director known to all those working in the Egyptian artistic field, and Mari may have fallen into the trap of fame to which they believe they are somehow protected from the rule of law imposed by the Egyptian authorities on citizens.
Khaled Merhi returned from a short trip in the Netherlands, a country where smoking marijuana and cannabis is legitimate, to be searched suddenly - perhaps did not expect him as a public figure - and arrested, and the security authorities announced that they found a large amount of hashish and marijuana seeds, In addition to a special guide on the cultivation of marijuana, and then arrested, and the decision of the prosecution - Monday morning and very quickly - to imprison him for four days.
Scenario and claims of theft
A few days earlier, on the evening of Thursday, August 15, young Egyptian author Nihal Samaha, through her Facebook profile, accused "artist wife of an artist" of stealing the scenario of "Fantasy of Mata" from her own film project she presented to them in January. No further analysis was required to confirm the followers of the publication that the two are referred to: Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy and his wife Mona Zaki.
The young writer explained the reasons that led her to do so, including, according to her account, that she found a perfect match between the main idea of the film and the idea of the script, which is the desire of an old thief to repent and return the loot to their owners, in addition to other elements of drawing characters and their qualities, and some Distinctive and influential scenes in the plot of the film.
The author then confirmed that she had registered the idea of her script legally in her own name, but did not share this legal recording on her page.
Thus, days passed and this claim attracted the attention of many in addition to a number of artistic and news sites, and so far no response came from Helmi or Mona Zaki or even the author of the film Abdul Rahim Kamal.
The presentation date and the ambiguity of the delay
This coincided with a number of problems through the delay in the release of the film. Eid in other provinces.
The reason for the delay has not yet been directly disclosed, but the only factor that seems different from the rest of the Eid movies is that "Khayal Mata" is produced by Egyptian producer Walid Sabry, while the two top-selling Eid films, Wlad Rizk and "Blue Elephant" - produced by Synergy, a company directly owned by Egyptian security services, whose board is headed by producer Tamer Morsy, who had previously monopolized the production of Egyptian soap operas last Ramadan.
The delay in the release of the film was clearly reflected in its revenues.