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Entertainment gets soapy during Ramadan in Kuwait

tvKUWAIT: Soap operas gain all-time popularity during the holy month of Ramadan. It’s an addictive habit as people tend to spend more time at home watching TV. Soap opera producers have a field day during this season. The most popular soap operas are Egyptian, Kuwaiti and Syrian. They have different themes and subjects and mostly focus on drama with social and romantic issues. In fact, some actors and actresses from other Gulf countries have also joined Kuwaiti soap operas.

Here is a review of some of the most popular Kuwaiti soap operas

‘Thuraya’ - This soap is named after the main character Thuraya (Suad Abdulla). This drama highlights the problems of the children of Kuwaiti mothers and expat fathers. Thuraya was first married to a Kuwaiti man and had a son with him after which she divorced him. She married an American man and had two daughters with him before he died. She married an Egyptian thereafter and had a son with him before they divorced also. Her family disapproved of her marriages and disowned her for this unacceptable behavior in the conservative Kuwaiti society. They deprived Thuraya of her rights and took away her son from her first husband. She lives in an old building with her other three children but she doesn’t lead a financially comfortable life.

This drama highlights the situation of Kuwaiti women’s children who feel like they’re citizens when in fact, they’re not and may never become. They talk the Kuwaiti dialect and even look Kuwaiti. They have never lived in their father’s country and they don’t know any other home apart from Kuwait. Their lack of citizenship makes them feel oppressed. This drama sheds light on the obstacles they face owing to their situation.

‘Hub Fil Arbieen’ (Love at 40) - This is a romantic drama with a hint of comedy about a widower called ‘Khalid Amin’ who lives with his three daughters. Although his wife passed away when he was still young and his daughters were also very young, he didn’t remarry. Being a young and handsome dentist, he had many women try to charm him but he couldn’t bring himself to marry any of them because he loved his late wife a lot. His sister tried to set him up with her cousin but he wasn’t drawn towards her - especially when he came to know that she didn’t like children which is the most important thing for him. His daughters grow up and the oldest one goes to Europe to study.

When Khalid goes to visit his daughter abroad, he meets ‘Noor’ at one of the restaurants. Noor is the other main character, who was forced to marry an old man and therefore couldn’t complete her post-graduate studies which was her dream. She corresponded with some universities abroad and traveled there to study after divorcing her husband. Noor, who was very kind and nice to everybody, has now become a rude and independent woman after being cheated by people time and again. She worked hard and established a company with other partners and was responsible for her own wealth.

One day, she is attacked by a thief and decides to head back home. Khalid meets Noor in London when he’s visiting his daughter and they turn out to be neighbors. His cousin who was Noor’s teacher at the university and her friend, tells her that she should rent a part of Khalid’s villa instead of staying in a hotel. Khalid’s daughters feel jealous and try to figure out the relation between their father and Noor

By Nawara Fattahova

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This article was published on 12/07/2014