Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is a rare gem from the 1945 Egyptian film 'Rabha' produced by one of the lions of early Egyptian cinema, Niazi Mustapha (Mostafa). 'Rabha' starred his wife Kouka who had begun her career as a film editor. In his early days Mustapha worked with Badia Masabni and her troupe which at that time included Tahiya Carioca.

While married to Kouka, Mustapha secretly married dancer Naemet Mokhtar. When Kouka found out, she gave Mustapha a 'her-or-me' ultimatum and Naemet was quickly and very publicly divorced. Naizi Mustapha died on 19 October 1986 when he was murdered in his apartment in Cairo.


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