Film director Rami Imam announced that his father, acclaimed actor Adel Imam, has chosen to retire from acting – but assured he remains in good health.
Imam’s statements came on Saturday during his presence with his brother Mohamed Imam at the Joy Awards ceremony, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to the MBC1 channel during the ceremony, Rami Imam added that he is constantly being asked about his father’s health: “He is fine, thank God, and has decided to devote himself to family life and his grandchildren.”
Rami joined the interview with his brother, which was conducted on MBC1 channel from the concert held at the Bakr Al-Shadi Theater, and said, “I am very happy. This is the first time I am present and I am happy with the generous invitation.”
“A rare phenomenon”
The Gouna Film Festival paid tribute to actor Adel Imam with the Creative Achievement award during the Festival’s first session back in 2017.
“The slogan of the Gouna Film Festival is “Cinema for Humanity” and our goal is to use the seventh art to promote the high principles of humanity and to restore the original values to our societies again,” said the Festival’s founder and business tycoon Naguib Sawiris at the time.
“Imam brought happiness to the hearts of people and drew the smile on their faces. He did not hesitate to defend his homeland when it was subjected to terrorism, so we had to honor him,” he added.
The Executive Director and co-founder of Gouna Film Festival Amr Mansy at the time described Imam as a rare phenomenon for maintaining his stature among comedians for almost half a century, which reflected a unique talent and ability to express the needs and concerns of the people in a comedically critical way.