After the postponement of its showing from the last Ramadan season to be shown in the Ramadan 2021 season, the series “Cairo Kabul” received more publicity among the fans of the Egyptian series, especially as it includes a group tournament in which the Egyptian actor Tariq Lotfi features a role that resembles the personality of the former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. And it deals with the issue of “jihadists” and “ideological extremism”, which made it on the list of anticipated Ramadan offer.
A promising story with a lot of suspense supported by a huge production depicting life in the caves of the mountains of Afghanistan, the streets of Germany and the alleys of the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood in Cairo, a story written by Abdul Rahim Kamal and directed by Hussam Ali, and it promised us a lot of suspense and mysteries, and revealed aspects of the dark corridors, and came to disappoint us and change the direction The dramatic journey to another path. Read also The return of the small screen .. Egyptian drama shakes off the dust of Corona On me, the drama of the Asrar series … “Wood Horses” announces the return of the Qatari drama strongly Drama production glut in Ramadan .. Who imposes himself amid recurring themes?Thus, terror, violence and death swept the Iraqi drama during Ramadan
The author decides to kill art
The series began with a highly suspenseful episode and events, a meeting of 4 old friends, each representing a symbol of influence, magic and art, reason and power, media and money, caliphate and religion. A meeting of friends is an apparently coincidence, but it is an arranged meeting between the security man and the “terrorist” in reality.
Abdul Rahim Kamal – the author of the work – chooses to kill the good friend, the symbol of art and magic, with the second episode, so that the three players remain throughout the rest of the series.
It seems that the author with this choice decided to kill the artistic work of the tale to be replaced by a review of differing ideas and opinions. And the makers of this scene establish the viewers’ relationship with the series, and you will see a fictional story based on almost real elements, through which he presents ideas about everything History, the present, the media, politics, religion, security, “terrorism”, Egypt and the world, and they may be good ideas of course, but they are many and vast to contain a single drama, even if it extends to 30 episodes, or the equivalent of 15 hours.
A retired person has nothing but wisdom
Soon, curiosity about the series and its events turned into a state contrasted between extreme admiration and excessive mockery of the way in which the ideas presented about the conflict of belief and thought between centrists and hardliners were addressed, a struggle that was the focal point from which the story of “Cairo Kabul” revolves, and all the dramatic elements within The series came to serve this single idea in the easiest direct way, especially the rhetorical tone, dialogues, and the single and lengthy monologues that prevail over the events of the series.
The bulk of the mockery went to Hassan’s character, a retired history professor, who monopolizes wisdom in the story and distributes it to its heroes in his spare time, and the crisis is that he does not have more than free time.
Dramatically poor long articles
The difference between dramatic stories and stories – whether they are written or visualized on the screen – and articles is drama, where the story – any story – requires a dramatic narration that tells the details of its world, and necessarily requires a construction of the dramatic world and the characters and their history, as well as the follow-up is logical according to their motives. They are not required to resemble or match reality, but rather be more realistic and profound than the reality itself.
As for the article, it is based on presenting ideas, either in main points or arranged paragraphs, in rich or limited language, but in the end they will be direct ideas that the reader reads and agrees with or disagree with, while the story is the involvement of the reader or the viewer in the events, by living with it and tracking its characters and agree with Some disagree with others, blame her or sympathize with her motives.
All this is absent from “Cairo Kabul”. Even the 23rd episode of the series, the events driving the drama are small and disjointed, and their characters are divergent and do not have a dramatic dimension that justifies their actions or events. They are characters that do not need more than one sentence to define them, while you will need entire paragraphs to monitor the dialogue Preacher in simple and direct language.
Any resemblance to reality is a coincidence
Perhaps the predominant preaching tone of the series would have succeeded if it was presented before 2011, before the audience lived through the danger of extremist ideas on the ground. Will Cairo Kabul offer a new vision or even an explanation of the reality the audience witnessed?
The characters of “Cairo Kabul” did not succeed in telling a story close to reality, and the only clear similarity came through the similarities that the actors and the makeup crew worked hard to highlight between the main heroes and real personalities we know, such as the similarity between Tariq Lotfi and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and between Fathi Abdel Wahab And the Egyptian journalist Yousry Fouda, and that he is the only journalist who interviewed the “caliph”, which is completely identical to the incident of Yusri Foda’s meeting with al-Qaeda leaders after the events of September 11th, and the difference is that the reality was stronger than the scene of the meeting made in the series.
Diary without events
During a symposium held in the fall of 2019 in Cairo, Egyptian writer Abdel Rahim Kamal said that his series “Ahu Da What Happened” was originally a short story about the characters Ali Bahr and Wadih Al-Bassati.
Two friends live on the margins of life in “Ashha” from “Al Khous” on the shore of Alexandria, and after that the short story expanded to become a series that tells two parallel stories in two different times, 100 years apart, and linked by a large house.
It seems that this incident was repeated with the scenario of “Cairo Kabul”, and perhaps it was a short story that was transformed into a series of 30 episodes loaded with many article dialogues and theatrical scenes about the seriousness of the “takfiri jihadist” thought that wanders in our streets and sits with us in the same cafes, but forgot Job creators are an essential component of storymaking; It is the main event on which the drama is based. Even the 23rd episode did not seem to the audience that there is an event expected in the series.
Small, divergent events that happen to each character separately, and there is no link between them other than the old relationship, and it has no effect, and dramatic lines that do not intersect except at the point of the old house in Sayyida Zeinab, and can extend to hundreds of episodes and tens of seasons without a major event, only the diaries of the people of the neighborhood and the judgment of a professor History, similar to the Egyptian radio series “Soap Drama”, “The Marzouq Effendi Family”, which has been broadcasting since 1959 until now, and which directs a social and moral speech, but the duration of its episode does not exceed 5 minutes, so there is no room for boredom that did not succeed “Cairo Kabul” In killing him or attracting the audience’s attention away from the “satirical comics” that were circulating on social media platforms for a few days before the audience left them for another satirical “comics” for other series.