November 12 marks the 90th birthday of Marilyn Monroe of the East, artist Hend Rostom. The star who shone in the art sky since the beginning of her entry into the field, and has become an icon of seduction in Egyptian cinema, and the girl of many men’s dreams for decades. And on her birthday, let’s get acquainted together with the most prominent stations in the life of Hind Rostom.
Her birth and Early Life
Her real name is Nariman Hussein Murad Rostom. She was born on November 12, 1931, in the Muharram Bey neighborhood of Alexandria, into an aristocratic family consisting of a Turkish father and an Egyptian mother. She studied at Saint Vincent de Paul School, then moved to Cairo in 1946, after her parents divorced and her mother remarried.
Coincidence played a role in her artistic debut
Hind Rostom’s artistic start came by chance. In 1947, she and a friend of hers went to the acting tests set up by the United Film Company to choose a group of new faces to participate in the movie “Flowers and Thorns”. She impressed the director, who chose her to present a small role in front of the artist, Yahya Shaheen.
In 1949, Hind Rostom presented the role of extras in the movie “Ghazl Al Banat”. Where she appeared for two minutes while riding a horse behind Laila Mourad in the song “Stride along horses”. Then she presented many small roles until she began her stardom journey with director Hassan Imam, who presented her in a number of films that had great success, such as “Ibn Hamido, Struggle in the Nile, You are my love, Bab Al-Hadid, Word of Honor, Sayed Darwish, Al-Hilweh Aziza.” .
Diverse artistic career
Because of the beauty of her features, her slender figure, and her intense attractiveness, Hind Rostom was famous in Egyptian cinema for playing seductive roles, but she did not drift into the abyss of depravity and extortion. Among the most famous of those roles were “Struggle in the Nile, Spreading Love, I Don’t Sleep, Ibn Hamido”. Therefore, critics and the public called her several titles, including “Marilyn Monroe of the East” and “Queen of Temptation”, a title that Hind Rostom hated and rebelled against.
The secret of her special gait
Hind Rostom gave a press interview with Akher Saa’a magazine in 1975, in which she revealed her rejection of the title “Queen of Seduction” because it limits her to this role only, while she believes that she presented many other important roles. Hind Rostom confirmed that she does not resort to nudity to provoke the audience, but rather performs scenes of excitement based on certain movements and looks that have a stronger effect than nudity. She also indicated that her distinctive sexy gait, which critics talk about as one of the temptation factors that Hind Rostom resorts to, is not intentional or deliberate at all. Rather, it is the result of a car accident in which she was injured and resulted in a permanent disability that made her walk in this way.
A clever trick to get rid of a fan
Hind Rostom had a strange comic situation with a fan, as she got rid of his annoyance with a clever trick. When she was spending her summer vacation in Alexandria, and while she was on the seashore, she was surrounded by a rich young man belonging to a well-known family in Alexandria, and the young man kept chasing her until Hind Rostom annoyed him, and she knew He recently broke off his engagement to one of the girls in order to get close to her, as she was aware of the new house that the girl’s family had rented. She thought of a smart life in order to get rid of the young man’s pursuit of her, so she responded and admired him and gave him her father’s address to ask for her hand, and when the young man went, he was surprised that it was the new home of his former fiancée instead of the house of Hind Rostom’s father. After they were surprised, the young man spoke to the girl, and they were engaged again, and he stopped chasing Hind Rostom. Moreover, the young man and the girl went to visit her after their marriage to thank her for having reconciled them.
At the beginning of her artistic life, Hind Rostom married director Hassan Reda, and the married life between them lasted for 5 years, and she gave birth to her only daughter, Basant, but she separated from him during her pregnancy. After her mother’s death from cancer, Hind Rostom became obsessed with contracting the same disease, and she met Dr. Muhammad Fayyad, a gynecologist, who helped her overcome her fear of illness, and the two exchanged feelings of love and married in 1961. And she lived with him the most beautiful years of her life until his death in 2009.
Hind Rostom stayed away from the spotlight while she was at the height of her fame, and disappeared from view at the height of her stardom, so she presented her last work in 1979, the movie “My Life is Torment”, after which she decided to retire from art permanently. Her husband, Dr. Muhammad Fayyad, was a reason for her retirement from art, because she wanted to take care of him. She wanted to be the wife who was waiting for her husband to return from work, to provide him with comfort and attention at home. After her great stardom, she did not mind working after her retirement as a secretary to her husband who organizes his patients’ appointments, and she did not feel annoyed because he left her in the middle of the night to follow up on patients or perform urgent operations.
After the death of her husband, Dr. Muhammad Fayyad, in 2009, Hind Rostom fell into a state of severe depression, until she suffered a severe heart attack and died on August 8, 2011, at the age of 80. Leaving behind a large artistic balance of nearly 100 films.