Nadine Njeim and Youssef al-Khal in "Laou."
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There has always been a missing element when it comes to Lebanese drama, be it acting skills, cinematic technique or plotlines that actually reflect the country's social realities, according to actors and producers in the profession.These gaps have precluded local dramas from attracting Lebanese audiences. This year, however, the Lebanese entertainment industry has taken a quantum leap. Actors from Lebanon and Lebanese-produced television serials are in high demand all over the Arab world. After decades of strictly local exposure the Lebanese actor has now entered the home of many Arab families, especially during this year's Ramadan when the TV show "Laou" (What If) received the second-highest rating after "Bab al-Hara"."Laou," based on the movie "Unfaithful," featured Abed Fahd, a renowned Syrian actor, Nadin Njeim, once Miss Lebanon and now an actor, and Lebanese Youssef al-Khal, along with other Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian actors. While Khal said the pan-Arab work gave a push to the Lebanese series, she insisted that the local production needed plenty of work.Many concur that Lebanese dramas lack essential elements and are out of touch with reality, compared to Syrian productions that reflect Arab struggles.
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