Mo Salah calls and thanks young sculptor of widely ridiculed statue

Abdullah faced widespread criticism for creating a bronze statue of the Liverpool striker that bore a poor resemblance to him. (Facebook)
Updated 08 November 2018
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Mo Salah calls and thanks young sculptor of widely ridiculed statue

  • The Egyptian sculptor behind Mohamed Salah’s widely ridiculed statue said the player had phoned her to thank her

CAIRO: Mai Abdullah, the Egyptian sculptor behind Mohamed Salah’s widely ridiculed statue, has revealed that the Egyptian footballer called her from England to thank her for her effort.

Earlier this week, Abdullah faced widespread criticism for creating a bronze statue of the Liverpool striker that bore a poor resemblance to him.

Abdullah said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that Salah had phoned her to thank her, and had praised several of her artworks that appear on her social media account.

The player also told her not to pay attention to negative comments, and offered her encouragement by saying that she “will become a great artist one day.”

Abdullah said that Salah has asked her to “take her time and create a new sculpture of himself, one that he can keep at home.”

The statue, intended to pay homage to the Egyptian hero, depicted Salah with a disproportionately large head and small arms, triggering a wave of negative comments among the player’s fans.

Abdullah, 24, had responded earlier to the criticism via her Facebook page and said the statue was not meant to be unveiled at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Adding that she did not have the time to finish it the way she had wanted to.


Bollywood meets Hollywood as Indian stars wed at Italy villa

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Bollywood meets Hollywood as Indian stars wed at Italy villa

  • The couple’s wedding on Wednesday at Villa Balbianello coincides with the fifth anniversary of the release of their first movie together
  • The bridal party and guests arrived by boat and all wore shades of white

TREMEZZINA, Italy: Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are getting married at a villa on Italy’s Lake Como with screen credits of its own.
The couple’s wedding on Wednesday at Villa Balbianello coincides with the fifth anniversary of the release of their first movie together.
The lakeside mansion has been a location for films that include installments of the Star Wars and James Bond franchises.
The bridal party and guests arrived by boat and all wore shades of white.
Padukone and Singh met co-starring in the 2013 film “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela,” a modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” with an Indian twist. They have been in two more movies together, “Bajirao Mastani” and “Padmaavat.”
Padukone is the only Indian actress to be on Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World” list.