Monday 13 January 2020
I wrote – Manal Al-Jayoushi:
An artist with a clear imprint and a distinctive presence, his hoarse voice that radiates warmth and made him the most famous star who personified the father’s character, is the late star Hussein Riad, who is celebrating his birthday today.
“A date with life is the movie in which my father embodied a personality very similar to him.” This is how Mrs. Fatima, daughter of artist Hussein Riad Lamraoui, stated.
She said: “My father got married at a very old age, and he lived his life for art. The theater was his greatest love. He passed away while I was in his early twenties, and we saw him in a few times, but they were hours full of kindness and fatherhood.”
And she continued: “I did not know the great value of my father until after his departure, and one day after his departure, the great critic Kamal al-Malakh wrote an article in Al-Ahram newspaper on my father, describing the value of Hussein Riad.”
She explained that she was going to the cinema to watch his films, and her father liked all of his work, because he was keen on choosing his roles and diversity in all that he offered.
On entering art, she said: “My grandfather was a great leather trader, from a family of Turkish origin. The family lived in a large house in the Helmiyya region, and a large number of family members worked in the army.”
She added: “My father entered the Military Academy at the request of my grandfather despite his love and passion for art. His close friends were the artist Youssef Wehbe, the artist Hassan Fayek, and on every leave my father tried to persuade him to leave the military life and devote himself to art.”
“He and his friends decided to create a theater group, and they would spend on it with their own money. They ran a hall and presented a play called the poor of Paris. The show was attended by the star Aziz Eid. After the show, my father embraced.”
She added: “He told him that you will work, oh son, after this. He said it in the war, in which he said 1000 officers, you will be one of them, but if you complete the representation, Hussein will remain in it, but only one, and so that he will complete his studies in the war.”
She explained that she has memories with a number of her father’s films, such as “The Prince of Vengeance”, in which he participated in the role of a prisoner dug in a tunnel, so he returned to the house with his hands and knees with them “exfoliation”, as I remembered the movie “O Islam” when he was putting a certain “mask” in His eyes, which leads to inflammation of his eyes every day.
She noted that her father used to live with every character he presents, for example the body of a man who suffers from paralysis in the movie “Al-Osta Hassan”, and from the severity of his personality, he was paralyzed in his foot and arm, and after that he performed treatment sessions.
She explained that her father personified the personality of a man who lost his speech in the events of the movie “My Heart’s Response”, and in the special presentation of the film, specifically in the scene of the restoration of “Abdel Wahid” for the speech, President Gamal Abdel Nasser cried because of this scene, especially that he pronounced the phrase “Long live Egypt.”
As for the highest wage earned by her father, she said: “The highest wage was 1000 pounds, as he never required a large wage, there were young stars who get higher wages, but he was more concerned with the value that he provides.”