Turkish TV series Ertuğrul takes Pakistan by storm

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ISLAMABAD: The Turkish television series Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul, based on the life and times of the 13th-century Muslim Oghuz Turk leader, Ertugrul, has taken Pakistan by storm. According to the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV), 133.38 million people have so far watched the drama series from April 25-May 14. Also, its episodes are trending on YouTube in Pakistan every day.

In just 20 days, since the series with Urdu dubbing started riding on the airwaves, PTV’s YouTube channel has registered exponential rise its viewership with 2.1 million subscribers, shattering all previous records. With growing popularity, these numbers are expected to climb up further in the coming days.

The state-run TV, which started airing the show under an arrangement with Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), is making it accessible to a far greater audience and igniting public interest. PTV launched the first episode on April 25, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The series was dubbed in the Urdu language at the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had expressed interest in the series last year during his tour to Turkey.

“During the lockdown, I am watching the seasons regularly. The faithful and fearless figures of Ibn Arabi from Andalusia and the Knight Claudius who later embraced Islam and became Umar are my favorites,” said Mohammad Ibrahim Qazi, grandson of the late Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Like many other countries, Pakistan had enforced a countrywide lockdown in March, to stem the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. The series come handy to keep people indoors. Millions of Pakistanis jumped to social media and warmly welcomed Ertugrul. The viewers continuously comment and share scenes of the series on Twitter.

Statue of ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’

Paying a tribute to 13th century Muslim Oghuz Turk leader Ertugrul Ghazi, Lahoris has erected his statue along the Multan Road in the Maraghzar Housing Scheme. The statue was placed after Turkish drama ‘Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul’ that has covered the entire life of Oghuz leader received overwhelming response in Pakistan.

Muhammad ShahzadCheema, the president of the Maraghzar Housing Scheme, said that he decided to erect the statue of Ertugrul after some of the residents gave the idea of paying him a tribute. The special statue has been made by using fibre and metal in the city of Kamalia of Toba Tek Singh district.