Actor Mishal al-Mutairi seeks true representation of Saudi individual on screen
Saudi actor Mishal al-Mutairi reflected on the expected leap in the entertainment sector and the production of local content following the coming of cinemas to the Kingdom for the first time in 40 years.
In an interview with Al Arabia English, the Saudi star known for his roles in the TV series “Yawmeyat Wadah” (Wadah’s Diaries) and “Al Aramela” (The Widows), said that this bold move was “a dream sought after for so long.”
Do you think Saudi drama will mirror the reforms and changes recently adopted by the kingdom?
“Certainly, the themes will reflect the changes in an indirect way within the depicted social contexts and storylines.”
How will Saudi artists back the Kingdom’s vision that began with reintroducing cinemas to the community?
“This has been a dream -we as artists awaited for long...to get the opportunity to present our visions and to produce a Saudi content that is technically advanced in filming and writing to reflect the power of that decision.”
Will Ramadan drama introduce something different from the previous years?
“I don’t have a new series featured this year, and from the first look at the trailers, nothing different is coming this year, but introducing cinemas will bring an expected change and improvement in quality at all levels; such as short series in 10 episodes, or seasonal productions.”
What stories do you wish to see in Saudi cinemas and what projects are you currently working on to push Saudi drama to prominence?
“I wish all kinds of ideas see the light, particularly the ones that will reflect the true essence of the Saudi individual, as well as multiple genres. I have two projects that I am working on in the light of the ongoing changes and production will take place before the end of the year.”