Who could stay unmoved when the famous actress Hind Rostom danced in a train to the music of "Mara Yahnieny" for Farid Al Atrache"?
"Cairo Central Station", a thriller of 1958 starring Youssef Chahine, Hind Rustom, Farid Shawqi became another box office movie by Egyptian director Youssef Chahine (Bab al-Hadid). Bab el Haded became a classic of the Egyptian screen. Subjects such as sexuality and violence, considered tabou and emotional deprivation and marginalization were put into discussion. Yusuf Chahine himself plays a strong role as the central character, the crippled Kenaoui, employed as newspaper-seller. The cripple Kinawi cuts pictures of women from magazines for the station hut he lives in, but a living focus of his sexual frustrations is Hanouma (played by the popular actress Hind Rustum), who sells lemonade and is engaged to Abou Serib (Farid Chawqi), porter and trade union organiser. With unthinking but affectionate playfulness Hanouma exacerbates Kenawi’s frustration and adds to his confusion which leads to tragic death. Egyptian audiences, used to simpler melodramas, were disturbed and rejected the film. It was not seen again for some 20 years but rediscovered as a masterpiece of egytpian cinema.
Hend Rostom, born in Moharam Bek, Alexandria, novermber 12th, 1931 (some sources 1933)as Hend Hussien Morad. After she was discovered by the director Hassan Al Emam, Hind Rostom became one of the most sexy actresses. Under the direction of Hassan Al-Imam Hind Rustom made her first appearance on the big screen in "Al-Gassad (the Body)" of 1952. Hind married to the actor Hassan Reda and was divorced, then she was married to Dr. Mohamed Faiad.
Hind Rostom once more turned down an offer of one million Egyptian pounds for her biography at the end of december 2002.
Movies starring Hend Rostom: