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June 29th, 2020:

Pakistan’s favorite foreign actor, Esra Bilgiç from Turkey, has won our hearts with her remarkable performance in the historical drama series as Halime Sultan.

The actress was taken aback after finding out about Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan wanting the series to be aired and dubbed on PTV, state-owned tv channel.

After bagging a considerable fan base in Pakistan, the 27-year old Turkish beauty has climbed new heights of success. Reportedly, the actress can not wait to meet her newest fans, but the pandemic has restricted her from traveling.


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“When I saw the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Turkish news channels, saying that a successful project such as Ertugrul should be aired on their local channel. I felt surprised and proud at the same time. If we didn’t have a pandemic upon us, I would have visited Pakistan several times by now,” she told a leading magazine.


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Recently, she responded to a fan on her Instagram account, saying, “I’m waiting excitedly to meet you all in Pakistan after this period. Take good care of yourself. Stay in peace and health.”

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June 4th, 2020: A video of  Esra Bilgic, Diriliş: Ertuğrul’s lead actress, has gone viral on social media. The heartthrob actress has won the hearts of millions of fans in Pakistan with her outstanding performance.

The popularity of the Turkish show has accumulated fans here in Pakistan. A large number of Pakistanis are now following these actors on Instagram and other social media platforms, and the most favorite one seems to be Esra.

We see Esra shaking a leg to a groovy Turkish song in the video that has been making rounds on social media in a sultry white dress with her friends.

However, Esra has been heavily criticized by Pakistani fans on social media for what they thought was highly “inappropriate” dressing.

Turkish drama series Ertugrul has taken Pakistan by storm with its Urdu-dubbed version airing on PTV on the request of Prime Minister, Imran Khan. The episodes have been trending over the past weeks on YouTube every day.

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May 19th, 2020: Turkish actor Engin Altan Duzyatan, known for his lead role in Turkish drama series  Diriliş: Ertuğrul, has thanked all his Pakistani fans.

He took it to his Instagram to extend her gratitude, writing that the drama has crossed 100 million views on YouTube in just 18 days.

Reportedly, he wrote, “I love you, Pakistan, thank you for watching us.”

He added that he wishes to visit Pakistan and meet his fans, saying, “I hope I can come to meet all of you one day.”

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Before Engin, his co-star Esra Bilgic, known for her role as, Halime Sultan, also expressed her wish to visit Pakistan one day on social media.

To another comment, she replied, “lots of love from me to Pakistan.”

What is Dirlis: Ertugrul?

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Girls: Ertugrul is a Turkish drama series based on the history of the Muslim Oghuz Turks and takes place in the 13th century.

It revolves around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. It has been well received, particularly in the Muslim world.

The series stretches over five seasons with hundreds of episodes.

Banned in Other Countries

While on the one hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked Pakistanis to watch the series, other countries have banned it.

Reportedly, the countries include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and India. Watching this series from Egypt’s Fatwa section has been declared forbidden.

Despite the ban, the series is quite popular in these countries.

Pakistani Actors are Not Happy with the Show

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Actors, including Shaan and Reema, have expressed that they are not happy with the drama being aired in Pakistan.

Shaan expressed that Pakistan should be making its historic shows using local talent based on our roots and history on the greats such as Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan, and many more.

Shaan is Unhappy with PTV for airing ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul’

Pakistani Diva Reema also expressed similar concerns. She said that she fully supports Shaan and wants the government to support local artists.

She further said that airing this show on a private channel is a different story, but this indeed should not have been broadcast on a national channel.

Furthermore, she added that we need to support our local artists who are sitting in their homes and give them a chance.

Reema Khan Stands Against The Airing Of Turkish Series Dirilis: Ertugrul

Moreover, Yasir Hussain became the latest celebrity to join the bandwagon. Over the weekend, Yasir stated that Turkish dramas had ruined Pakistan’s local industry.

Though many had criticized him for his comments, other celebs stepped up and supported his stance.

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