Kuwaiti Ramadan series schedule takes shape

Kuwaiti actress Suad Abdullah will appear in a drama scheduled to be broadcast during the month of Ramadan. [Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters]

Kuwaiti actress Suad Abdullah will appear in a drama scheduled to be broadcast during the month of Ramadan. [Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters]

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As the month of Ramadan approaches, the race begins among satellite channels in Kuwait to attract as many viewers as possible by presenting their best programmes.

This year Kuwait television channels are offering around 34 series, many of which are dramas, in addition to romance and comedy.

Actress Hayat al-Fahad will star in the series "Al-Jalib". She is the scriptwriter, and Said al-Hawari, a Jordanian, serves as director. The series' co-stars include Salah Al-Mullah, Hind Al-Balushi, Haya Shuaibi and others.

Actress Suad Abdullah decided to work with the writer Widad Al-Kawari in the series titled "A Second Chance".

Abdul Aziz Jassim will be her co-star along with several young actors including Ilham al-Fadhala, Mashari al-Ballam, Hussain al-Mansour, Bassima Hamada, Abeer Ahmed and Khaled Amin.

Amin told Al-Shorfa, "I always seek out new characters to play every year. The character I will be playing next Ramadan took up all my artistic effort as it is one of the more complex characters. When I was reading the script it reminded me of the late Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki when he played the role of author Taha Hussein."

Amin will be starring in three drama series during the month of Ramadan including "Second Chance", "The Intruder", and "A Little Hope".

"That is why I made sure to diversify my roles so that all three are different and the audience will not get confused," he said.

Amin added, "Although I am opposed to the high volume of drama series broadcast during the month of Ramadan, the final decision is made by the producers regarding the timing. That is why I maintain a policy of diversification in the roles I play."

The much-anticipated drama series "Bou Karim and His Seven Women" will mark director Saad Al-Faraj's comeback to the world of Ramadan drama after a six-year absence. He collaborated with the writer Hiba Mashari Hamada.

The series features a host of young actresses including Fatima al-Safi, Shujoon, Lamia Tariq and Hiba al-Darri. Munir al-Zuhbi served as director.

Actor Yaqub Abdullah, who stars in "Handful of Grapes" and "The Supporter" this year, explained why producers focus much of their efforts on broadcasting during Ramadan.

He said, "During the past couple of years, drama productions focused on the Ramadan period because most producers do not want to risk spending their money on a series that will air at another time when they can successfully market their productions during Ramadan."

He added, "I prefer to participate in one performance during this month so as not to confuse the viewer with more than one characterization. However, I am convinced that an exceptional role speaks for itself even if I were to play more than one role."

Actress Abir al-Jundi stars in one series this year "High School Girls" and does not hold actors responsible for multiple appearances during Ramadan.

She said, "There are lots of factors involved, the most important of which is the producer who prefers that the series air when the most viewers are watching which, unfortunately, is exclusively during Ramadan."

She is willing to appear in more than one production at the same time as long as the roles are diverse.

Al-Jundi said, "An actor then has the opportunity to show off his skills, as opposed to amateurs who are intruders in this profession."

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    قاسم اسود

    2011-8-31

    We wish to watch the sophisticated Kuwaiti drama series, and it is a phenomenon which is increasing, and it is a strong competitor between the countries, in order to provide the best of series in Ramadan. So the field is full of Arabic drama series, especially the Egyptian ones; that’s why the Gulf series are starting to retreat. So, the Kuwaiti drama series should submit the best of dramatic and comic stories and others, and to be at the required standard and more sophisticated than they used to be, in order to gain more viewers in the Holy Month of Ramadan.

  • mohammed

    2011-8-26

    Kuwait is one of the Arab countries which are famous for producing TV series that are being followed by viewers. Kuwait has a lot of superstars, who have a lot of experience that has been demonstrated in the works of art, where they appear on the TV screen. From here, I wish to see the best in the holy month of Ramadan, in terms of works of art which a lot of the Arab and Kuwaiti audience are waiting for, and I wish to enjoy the Kuwaiti TV series. There are a lot of Kuwaiti TV series which we still remember to this day, because they presented the reality we live, in addition to the comic Kuwaiti series, which we used to enjoy. Despite the fact that we wish to see everything new from the Kuwaiti TV series in Ramadan, we look forward to the advance in the TV series and the works of art which we will see this month, in order to continue the creativity of the Kuwaiti artist. We hope that creativity remains and continues through the new works, which will appear on the TV screen, so we can enjoy the progress of these TV series.

  • سيف عبد الرحمن

    2011-8-23

    Kuwait is one of the Arab countries which are famous for producing TV series that are being watched. Kuwait has a lot of superstars, who have a lot of experiences that have been accumulated by the works of art, where they appear on the TV screen. From here, I wish to see the best in the holy month of Ramadan, in terms of works of art which a lot of the Arab and Kuwaiti audience are waiting for, and I wish to enjoy the Kuwaiti TV series. There are a lot of Kuwaiti TV series which we still remember to this day; because it perceived the reality we live, in addition to the comic Kuwaiti series, which we used to enjoy. Despite the fact that we wish to see everything new from the Kuwaiti TV series in Ramadan, we look forward to the advance in the TV series and the works of art which we will see this month, in order to continue the creativity of the Kuwaiti artist. We hope that creativity continues to bid and continues through the new works, which will appear on the TV screen, which we can enjoy though the advancement of these TV series.

  • karma

    2011-8-17

    We hope to see Kuwaiti series in Ramadan at a sophisticated level, and to see that there is a good and successful production that contains beautiful stories and successful drama plots that carry certain messages to the citizens who follow Kuwaiti series in the honorable month of Ramadan, so that those citizens would sense the success of Kuwaiti works. This is also to ensure that the standard of the Kuwaiti series does not deteriorate among other Arab series, whether they are Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian or from the remaining countries of the Gulf. Therefore, it is very necessary to make the right, successful and good choice on a more sophisticated level, so that picky viewers will receive the best Kuwaiti production at the required level. This is so that series wouldn’t be criticized or accused of failure by journalists or other parties.

  • lenda

    2011-8-17

    Despite the huge capital and extensive focus on the Kuwaiti serials, they present very trivial topics. In fact, we have become used to watching serials similar in terms of their stories, way of shooting, characters and actors. This has a negative impact on Kuwaiti drama. In fact, we would like to put an end to the poor level, because people have gotten bored with stories that portray heritages and polygamy. Therefore, we want Kuwaiti drama to improve and become a strong competitor to the Egyptian and Syrian dramas, because it is the only drama that represents the Gulf countries as a whole. Besides, we would like to see new faces, joint works and different stories. Thus, I hope that authors will have a broader vision in order to create a good dramatic plot and to deal with many drama subjects, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, since we know that everyone is competing to attract viewers. The latter want the best and the nicest drama, in order to follow them in Ramadan. Indeed, all TV channels are ready during Ramadan to present many works and serials. Thus, I hope that the Kuwaiti serials are usually the best in Ramadan and play an important role in creating competitiveness in this month.

  • وسام علي

    2011-8-16

    We hope to see Kuwaiti series in Ramadan at a sophisticated level, and to see that there is a good and successful production that contains beautiful stories and successful drama plots that carry certain messages to the citizens who follow Kuwaiti series in the honorable month of Ramadan, so that those citizens would sense the success of Kuwaiti works. This is also to ensure that the standard of the Kuwaiti series does not deteriorate among other Arab series, whether they are Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian or from the remaining countries of the Gulf. Therefore, it is very necessary to make the right, successful and good choice on a more sophisticated level, so that picky viewers will receive the best Kuwaiti production at the required level. This is so that series wouldn’t be criticized or accused of failure by journalists or others.

  • عبدالله

    2011-8-14

    Ramadan and the rest of the months of the year should be dedicated to the worship of God and construction on earth, rather than watching TV series, because we see some actors and actresses depressed, despite the fact that they are the stars of the delightful series and amusing films. If God predestined you to suffer from depression, even a thousand TV series will not pacify or entertain you. God has created you and He knows what amuses and entertains you, i.e. remembrance of God. Other entertainment methods must not include anything that may anger God, and they include sitting with one’s family and friends to chat, practicing sports, visiting relatives, and going on picnics to respectable entertainment centers. Obedience to God gives one joy, while the TV series include many religious violations, and it is not smart for one to entertain oneself through acts of disobedience, because he will be punished in the hereafter because of this.

  • يزن

    2011-8-10

    During the holy month of Ramadan, there is a competition between the countries and the television stations to present the best serials and the most wonderful programs. Dozens of these serials are launched on the satellite stations, which were produced by production companies affiliated with various Arab countries, so as to present the best to the Arab viewer, winning this competition and the occupation of the first place during the holy month of Ramadan because this is considered a proper opportunity for many production companies to prove their ability on the artistic arena. Although there are many Ramadan serials, some of them are not worth watching, in spite of the great efforts and the huge amounts of money that were spent on them. This can be attributed to the poor choice of the story lines of these serials. Moreover, most of the serials aired during Ramadan are undoubtedly exciting serials and they violate the status of this great month, as well as the feelings of the fasting person. Therefore, this is considered one of the aspects that we should pay attention to and stay away from, so that the serials will reach a higher level and get completely away from moral corruption. I do not know why it was launched during this holy month in particular.

  • جاكي

    2011-8-9

    The Kuwaiti series that appear on the screens of different televisions and satellite channels were able to attract the attention of viewers, because they are series with messages and meanings, and they carry a message directed to viewers with future aspirations, because series in general should have messages and should be beneficial to viewers. This is especially true for the series during Ramadan, which have to be sophisticated and of a high level, so that they will be beneficial to viewers, because acting is a humanitarian message prior to being an art. Therefore, attention should be given to this message, and it shouldn’t be forced into useless mazes to reach a closed road. As such, we as viewers hope that the Kuwaiti series will convey a message during this honorable month, and that they will be constructive and on a higher level than the series of previous years, in a way that matches the sanctity of this great month. The Kuwaiti series have great accomplishments because of their well-chosen topics and because of avoiding bad topics and stories, whose viewing is considered a waste of time without any noteworthy benefit.

  • qussay

    2011-8-9

    The Kuwaiti TV serials are very wonderful, since they always report the reality of the Kuwaiti community. In fact, it is noteworthy that there has been considerable progress in the level of Kuwaiti serials for a long time, but it needs more in order to rank in the first position. As Arabs, we hope that the Kuwaiti art achieves more advancement in acting and there must be talented actors. Thank God, there are many master actors who can honor Kuwait through their nice and really sophisticated works. In fact, serials in the Holy Month of Ramadan have a special flavor, since the fasting Kuwaiti citizens are exhausted all day by work and they want to entertain themselves. The Holy Month of Ramadan brings the family around the same table to watch and enjoy TV programs. In fact, serials are the most important thing in the citizens’ life. In this respect, Kuwaiti serials are really wonderful, given what we saw last Ramadan. Thus, we are expecting more in Ramadan 2011, the Ramadan of good deeds. Thank God after all, but we want more development, because Kuwait is one of the developed countries that produce useful and good things. Thus, we pray to God to grant all the best and success to all Arab countries. We also pray to God that they always achieve continuous developments, and God is the helper.

  • karema

    2011-7-27

    There is no film industry and film production in the conventional sense in the Gulf States, as there is in Egypt, Syria and a part of the Arab Maghreb countries. In addition, there is no government support dedicated to film production in the Gulf, but there are some individual attempts by some people who have an interest in the film industry; some actors have managed to make some documentaries about education, health, and the extraction and pumping of oil in Kuwait. And then cinematic enterprises opened in some Gulf countries, where they produced a series of films. One of the best known is a film by Khaled al-Sideeq, entitled "Enough, O Sea,” which achieved success regionally and internationally. Today, there are many film festivals, especially in the UAE and the Sultanate of Oman. There is also special attention given by these countries to printing and publishing books about cinema, and they call for holding cinema conferences in the Gulf States. In Bahrain, there has been an interest in the film industry and film production by the Falcon Film Foundation, which has made some short films, as well as the significant role played by the Bahrain Cinema Club, which has made major contributions to the dissemination of film culture through the creation of film festivals and all that is new to spread this culture.

  • iraqi love

    2011-7-26

    We have no movie culture in the Gulf, and that is why the cinema is significantly backward, because there is no support for this sector at all.

  • feras

    2011-7-26

    The Gulf countries are very backward in terms of cinema. In fact, they have broadcast large amounts of propaganda and they have spent huge amounts of money for the sake of their movies, despite their failure, especially since they haven’t fulfilled the Gulf people and Arabs’ ambitions. Thus, they need a lot of time to reach the level of being able to compete with the Egyptian and other cinemas. That’s why the Gulf people must wait and provide more efforts, in order to make the right choice in cinema. Besides, they must be patient and they must avoid anticipating events in order to convey a good image of the Gulf cinema. This is in order to avoid reflecting a failed image of the Gulf cinema and to meet the Gulf people’s ambitions. Thus, they must be patient, because the path of the cinema is still long, and they must make the right choice of movies that will be showed on cinema and TV screens.

  • swaad

    2011-7-26

    Thus, it is important to achieve a serious and perfect study, in order to choose meaningful stories that can gratify the fans’ taste by being simple and beautiful. It is also important to have good photography and performances. Thus, actors must perform well and in a persuasive way. This is in addition to the importance of perfect production and direction. Indeed, this requires a lot of time, in order to produce many successful Gulf movies. In fact, taking an interest in cinema is a very beautiful thing that must be undertaken by competent persons who are fully able to produce successful movies that will compete with other Arab films. Thus, the Gulf cinema is still at the beginning and needs a lot of work, patience, effort, and careful selection. It also needs a lot of time in order to get the acceptance of Gulf and Arab viewers, because most people are used to watching Egyptian, foreign and Indian movies. Thus, the Gulf cinema will need a lot of time to meet the Gulf people’s ambitions.

  • samar

    2011-7-26

    Gulf people take care of certain things and neglect others. For example, they pay attention to sports, but at the same time, we do not feel that there is any attention given to art, especially cinema. Art has a message and many benefits in many fields. I hope that they will give more attention to cinema in the Gulf, and I also hope that we will have production companies that will support the production of Gulf cinema.

  • jwan

    2011-7-26

    The Gulf countries in general are backward, even the United Arab Emirates and the city of Dubai, where there are a lot of film production and media companies. However, they are suffering from the same problem and I think that this is due to the lack of attention and care given to the field of cinema, encouraging the youth to study this domain, organizing courses and holding festivals, along with issuing invitations to cinema production companies. After that, they can present the cinema production of Gulf countries without reaching the international level, and at least we could say that we have tried something, though we have never done anything or noticed any chance given to the production of a Gulf film. I would like to ask the cinema production companies in the Gulf to pay more attention to cinema and develop its level, so that Gulf cinema can have a role. The continuation of this backwardness and the neglect of the field of cinema in our Gulf countries, such as the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman, will show no signs of development towards the improvement of cinema. On the contrary, it will mean that we will never have cinema if the same situations continue, such as the neglect and backwardness of this field. We think that our governments and companies are working on the development of all fields in our Gulf countries. However, they have never worked on developing the field of cinema, such as starting a special institution responsible for conducting studies in order to develop the field of cinema and to eradicate this backwardness in our countries and peoples.

  • sabaa

    2011-7-25

    The Gulf countries are still in their infancy in terms of cinema and that is why they are currently unable to develop this field.

  • حسان الرمادي

    2011-7-21

    I pray from all my heart for the people of Kuwait to be successful, and I hope that all of our Arab peoples will enjoy safety and security. May this holy month of Ramadan be a month of reconciliation, peace, security and good, God willing, with the cooperation of the people, in order to unite our Arab nation and rid it of its bitter reality. I want the people of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti government to remain determined to maintain this situation to make Kuwait the most beautiful country.