Famed Egyptian writer Ahmed Mourad is currently working on the third part of his famous movie “al-Feel al-Azraq” (The Blue Elephant), Mourad told Akhbar Al-Youm, based on his novel of the same name.
“The Blue Elephant” captured most of the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA) for 2020, including:
- Best Actor in a First Role Award which was given to actor Karim Abdel Aziz
- Best Actress in a First Role Award which was given to actress Hend Sabry
- Best Directing Award which was given to Marwan Hamed
- Best Film Award
- Best Montage Award which was given to Ahmed Hafez
- The Best Makeup Award which was given to Tarek Mostafa
- The Best Hairdresser Award which was given to Mohamed Hafez
- The Best Decoration Award which was given to Mohamed Attia
- The Best Photography Award which was given to Ahmed al-Morsy
- The Best Mixing Voices Award which was given to Ahmed Aboul Saad
- The Best Clothes Design Award which was given to Nahed Nasrallah
- The Best Visual Effects Award which was given to Aroma
- The Best Soundtrack Award which was given to Hisham Nazih
- The Best Screenplay Award which was given to Ahmed Mourad
“The Blue Elephant” is a rich literary work which proved to be successful in achieving a difficult equation to balance, embracing a mix of crime, fiction and psychological thriller.
The author mainly delves into human psychology and mental disorders, providing sketchy details and unexpected twists throughout the story.
“The Blue Elephant II” included the same filmmaking team as the first entry, led by Hamed and author Mourad, and acting stars Karim Abdel Aziz, Nelly Karim and Sherine Reda. Hend Sabry joined them for sequel alongside Marwan Younis, Iyad Nassar and a number of guests of honor, including Tara Emad.
The events of the sequel begin five years after the events of the first part, where psychiatrist Yehia Rashid is summoned to Abbasseya Psychiatric Hospital where he meets someone who is manipulating his life and the lives of his family, so Yehia uses the blue elephant pills in an attempt to solve the puzzles facing him.
The story recounts Yehia who resumes his work at the Abbasseya Psychiatric Hospital in Cairo after losing his wife and little daughter in a car accident. Yehia finds himself in charge of diagnosing a mentally-ill murderer who turns out to be an old friend during college years.
The book was turned into a motion picture in 2014 starring Khaled al-Sawy, Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Both the book and the film have been highly acclaimed by audience and critics alike.
Mourad also released his new movie, “Kira wal Gin“, in cinemas, after years of delays, which raked in LE14.5 million in four days.