For the first time in Arab entertainment history, Egyptian superstar Adel Imam’s critically acclaimed play arrives on the small screen.
Under the patronage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and MBC Group, Bodyguard has arrived exclusively on Shahid VIP, Shahid’s subscription-based premium service.
Director Rami Imam said: “This is an exciting moment for us, because we have been waiting for years for the perfect time for Bodyguard to show on screens across the Arab world and wider territories. And what better place for us than on Shahid VIP. Bodyguard is a production that is incredibly close to my heart, because it marked the early beginnings of my theatre-focused directorial career. It was during this show that I was able to apply all the skills I learned through studying international theatre, drawing inspiration from performances in London, the United States and elsewhere. I credit Bodyguard with paving the way for both my TV and cinema work later on in my career.”
Reflecting on the 11-year run of the hit production, Imam continued: “We truly grew as a team during that time, both professionally and personally. For instance, I had just gotten married when the play began, and over the years, I celebrated the birth of my children – the grandchildren of Adel Imam. It was a proud moment to have them attend performances later on.
“But it also showcased my father in a new light – taking on such a distinguished role that was very much challenging and pushing boundaries at the time – and introducing audiences to a very unique story.”
Bodyguard won’t be restricted to the MENA region – the play will be available for streaming on Shahid VIP worldwide.
The arrival of Bodyguard on Shahid VIP follows successful negotiations spearheaded by the GEA. Since 2010, the Egyptian superstar has been offered a number of deals to bring Bodyguard to TV screens, none of which had materialised until now.
Written by Youssef Maati and directed by Imam’s son, Rami Imam, Bodyguard tells the story of Adham – played by Imam – a prisoner who makes friends with a well-known businessman, Saad, who is also serving time. With Adham approaching release, Saad strikes a deal with him to work as a bodyguard for his wife, Aisha. Over time, however, the friendship sours as each discovers a series of betrayals that ends up with Saad wanting to frame Adham. However, an obstacle stands in his way.