When the Pakistani state-owned broadcaster PTV started airing the Turkish historical series Diriliş: Ertuğrul fans from every nook and cranny showed a lot of support and love for its actors. One name, however, has managed to garner a great deal of attention- Esra Bilgiç.
The 27-year-old received a massive fan-following, especially from Pakistan, after portraying the role of Halime Hatun in the show. In fact, her performance got her the lead role in the latest Turkish crime series Ramo.
Her fame in Pakistan did not go unnoticed either- Esra has been seen as the new face for many big-name brands including Qmobile, Jazz, and Khaadi.
In addition to this, reports have also claimed that the Turkish actress is learning Urdu and trying Pakistani cuisines. Could this be for a visit to the country?
We can’t deny all the love Esra has gotten from her fans in this country. However, a Pakistani photographer, Natasha Zubair, recently called her out in her Instagram stories.
Natasha revealed that the actress has repeatedly turned down projects of local Pakistani makeup artists. The Lahore-based photographer says, however, that it is not the Turkish actress’s fault.
She refused to work with Pakistani makeup artists and photographers…but is still wearing our clothes and we are still paying her the amount we must be paying her.
I don’t blame her man, I blame us. For being so brainwashed that white and foreign is always the way to go EVEN if you’re clearly being disrespected.
Zubair added in another story that she is extremely disappointed to see Pakistanis chasing after foreign celebrities instead of signing local hard-working talent.
Seems like Natasha Zubair is not afraid of speaking her truth- she recently also turned down a local news outlet when they asked her to share their Esra Bilgiç x Khaadi post. Here’s what she said:
Do you agree with Natasha that our local talent is being ignored for foreign celebrities like Esra Bilgiç? Share your views in the comments section.