Saheb Al Maqam has been released since a couple of days and the film has caused people to engage in debates on social platforms, some claiming it became their favourite while others are disagreeing with the intended message. But what do you expect from a movie with a spectacular cast like Yusra, Asser Yassin, Amina Khalil and Bayoumi Fouad. With the exceptional cast came a talented crew like the director Mohammed El Adl and the genius scenarist Ibrahim Essa. Each word that was said in the movie to deliver the intended message was chosen masterfully combined with the perfect cadres alongside the music created which contributed in achieving the sublime mood of the movie.
The beloved diva, Yusra played the role Rouh, alongside our talented charming actor, Asser Yassin who played Yehia, the attractive Amina Khalil as Randa, and finally our competent actor Bayoumi Fouad as Hakim/Halim. Each character played an essential role in Yehia’s journey of spiritual self-discovery. Rouh could be perceived as Yehia’s conscience. Throughout the movie, she was the one who guided him when he felt lost and pointed him towards the right path. She always appeared when Yehia did the right action by helping someone who needed help, Rouh would smile as if reassuring him. Metaphorically, Rouh’s smile indicated that Yehia was feeling better himself.
Another symbolic character was Bayoumi Fouad who played two roles, Hakim and Halim, identical twins differentiated by a lisp and their different beliefs. It could be deduced that both characters symbolise the id, and the superego. The id, which is the instinctual part of the mind, in other words, you do what you want regardless of the consequences. However, the superego operates as a moral conscience. Or, another concept that could be perceived that Halim symbolised the mini devil/ selfish part in humans, whereas, Hakim presented the rational/moral part in humans.
Halim encouraged Yehia to demolish sedy Hilal mausoleum for business plans, however, this showed disrespect towards people who respected or followed sedy Hilal as a religious symbol. On the other hand, Hakim was dejecting Yehia from the action, not only because Hakim was one of the people who respected sedy Helal, but also because we have to respect other people's beliefs.
The demolishing lead to a series of unfortunate incidents in Yehia’s life, but the one that made him reflect was Randa’s ,his wife, sickness. Randa’s unexplained illness made Yehia a desperate man, who wanted to get his beloved back by doing anything possible. And here begins Yehia’s spiritual development from a ruthless businessman to slowly cleansing his soul. Yehia through his way of finding himself he got exposed to many people’s stories that made him learn that god listens to everyone despite their sins because it’s all a matter of heart.
With all the mentioned aspects in the movie, we were still surprised with the ending which made the movie more unique. Saheb Al Maqam managed to masterfully deliver an important message to a wide scale of audience.