Aghla Min Enaya (film)

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Directed byEzzel Dine Zulficar
Written byEzzel Dine Zulficar
Music byMohammad Hassan Al Shugai
Release date
28 March 1955

Aghla Min Enaya (Arabic: اغلى من عينيه English: Dearer Than My Eyes) is an Egyptian film scripted, written and directed by Ezzel Dine Zulficar. The film stars Omar El-Hariri w:arz:عمر الحريرى, Samira Ahmed w:arz:سميرة احمد, Hussein Riad, and many more. The film was filmed in one of the most leading Egyptian studios, Studio Misr. The movie, Aghla Min Enaya, was released on 28 March 1955, in Egypt and the Middle East by Sharekat Al-Neel Lel Cinema (شركة النيل للسينما, "The Nile Company for Films")[1]. According to an interview that was conducted by Nihal Kamal w:ar: نهال كمال in her show Lesa Faker (لسه فاكر, "Do you remember?") with the late Omar El-Hariri, he mentioned that the movie, Aghla Min Enaya, was his first movie as a first male lead which led to his recognition and participation to multiple plays, films, and series[2]. The film has not earned any awards however, it received a decent rating from IMDb with 7.4 out of 10 stars.

Plot Summary

Kamal was a handsome young man who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Law with distinction. His life was well-tailored, in which he already had a fiancee and a job affiliated with his fiancee’s father. However, the euphoric life did not last for too long when Kamal was informed that a fire incident occurred in his house and his beloved mother was trapped. Therefore, he rushed immediately into the flames to save his dear mother but unfortunately, he was severely injured with burns that impaired most of his handsome face. As he wakes up in the hospital, he begins to realize that he has lost everything, including his job, his fiancee, and his mother. He then starts a new life when one day, he rummages through the streets and stumbles upon Abo Mansour’s house, where he allowed Kamal to reside in his residence for the time being due to Kamal’s circumstances. He then found a new hobby that secures him with money, which happens to be gambling, where he encounters Raafat, which later was the reason Huda and Kamal met. He begins to sympathize with Huda as he finds out about her impaired vision. After Raafat’s death due to a suicide attempt, he marries Huda and quits gambling. Later on, Huda had high hopes for eye surgery as her father promised, but he would spend the money to gamble. Huda later finds out that she had false hopes until the doctor visits their house and assures her that the surgery will be performed. At this moment, Kamal realized that she would be able to see his injured face, so he tries to push her away before she can see his face and decides to leave as his ex-fiancee left him, but she refused to leave him as her love for him was inevitable. [3] [4]


  • Omar El-Hariri w:arz:عمر الحريرى
  • Samira Ahmed w:arz:سميرة احمد
  • Hussein Riad as Abo Mansour
  • Thurayya Fakhry w:ar:ثريا فخري
  • Fattuh Nashati w:ar:فتوح نشاطي
  • Fakher Fakher w:ar:فاخر فاخر
  • Samiha Ayoub as Salwa, Kamal’s ex-fiancee
  • Fouad Fahim as Salwa’s Father
  • Aziza Helmy w:ar:عزيزة حلمي
  • Abdel Rahim El-Zerkani w:ar:عبد الرحيم الزرقاني
  • Mona Fouad w:ar:مونا فؤاد



The film’s background music was composed and supervised by Mohammad Hassan Al Shugai w:ar:محمد حسن الشجاعي. He was one of the first musicians to create and produce soundtracks for Egyptian films. He is also known for his multiple contributions in several films, but he is mostly acknowledged for establishing two musical and orchestral bands for Cairo Symphony Orchestra. [5]

Aghla Min Enaya had one song, Hazar Fazar (حزر فزر, "Guess"), that was performed when Kamal celebrated his accomplishment of earning his bachelor's with his fiancée. The song was originally sung by Kawkab Sadeq w:arz:كوكب صادق but lip synced by Samiha Ayoub. The song was composed by Fathy Qoura w:ar:فتحي قورة and produced by Ali Faraag w:ar:علي فراج. [6]


Wadid Seri w:ar:وديد سرىwas the director of photography for Aghla Min Enaya. He was known as the filmography leader in Egypt as he was one of the first students to learn about filmography in the United States, particularly at the University of California. His crew consisted of:

  • Kamal Karim as camera operator
  • Ali Kheir Allah as first assistant camera
  • Oud Abo Al Naga as lighting technician
  • Mostafa Al Seid as lighting technician


The main focus of the movie was on Omar El-Hariri’s makeup as he portrayed a person with minor burns on his face. Rushdy Ibrahim was the makeup director with Abdel Hakim Ahmed as his assistant. According to an interview between Omar El-Hariri and Nihal Kamal w:ar:نهال كمال in her show Lesa Faker (لسه فاكر, "Do you remember?"), the makeup was supposed to be set on half of the face and cover half of the hair to display El-Hariri as a victim of a fire incident. However, he decided to maintain the original hairstyle to refrain from the audience's unpleasant or traumatic reactions[7].

Character Analysis

  • Kamal Abdel Wahab acted by Omar El-Hariri w:arz:عمر الحريرى was a handsome young man who, unfortunately, had to go through many devastating events that turned his life around. Due to a fire in Kamal's apartment building, he rushes into the fire to rescue his mother. However, the accident ended up burning his face partially and losing his mother. His fiancée's father, who secured him a well-paid job in his company, turned him down due to Kamal's facial injuries. Nevertheless, Kamal decides to begin a new life with a whole different career and accommodation. In contrast, Kamal seeks revenge for everyone who belittled, bullied, or turned him down due to his appearance rather than his skills and abilities.
  • Huda Raafat acted by Samira Ahmed was Kamal's second love. Huda was Raafat's daughter, who was young, beautiful, and attractive. She had a service dog named Lucky, who accompanied her most of the time. Huda was a loyal person to her father and would always alert him to take his medicines on time and convince him to leave the gambling world. Huda represented a devoted wife who would do the impossible to keep her partner by her side. She also showed loyalty towards her father as she would always alert him to take his medicines and convince him to leave the gambling world. However, she would get disappointed whenever her father postpones their visit to the optician regarding her eye surgery as her father's excuse for not having enough money for the surgery. He would use the savings for gambling. Huda was slowly drowning in false hopes of the possibility of being able to see the world. However, as her doctor enlightens up her hopes as he approves of the surgery, she gains her energy once again, and she was able to see the world with its colors.
  • Raafat preformed by Fattuh Nashati was Huda’s father. Rafaat represented a caring and greedy father who wanted the best for his only daughter but looked forward to gaining money through gambling. He would do anything to participate in the gambling sessions that were conducted in Emilio's gambling club. He would even use Huda's savings for the eye surgery to join with his friends to gamble. One day, he realized what he was doing so far was inappropriate and inconsiderate as a father, which Kamal helped him learn. However, instead of correcting his mistakes, he decided to end it, once and for all, and attempt suicide in which he held a gun and shot himself. He realized he was not the best father figure for his daughter and that he isn't worth living after stealing his daughter's dream of getting recovered.
  • Abo Mansour portrayed by Hussein Riad, was the one who took Kamal in when he stopped by his house unintentionally. Abo Mansour means Mansour’s father as the director did not reveal the character’s actual name. Abo Mansour lost his son (Mansour) during fishing as the waves droned him. Therefore, he took Kamal as his son and took care of him in a shelter, food, and safety. He portrayed a caring father who looks after his family and the guide for his children to lead a successful life.


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