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Imran Khan Wants You To Watch This Turkish War Drama

Have you seen this show?

Ertugrul Ghazi

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan wants Pakistanis to watch the popular Turkish television series called Dirilis: Ertugrul. For those of you who are unaware of the show, Dirilis: Ertugrul has been dubbed ‘Turkish Game of Thrones‘ and gained massive popularity last year.

The period drama follows the historical events of how the Oghuz Turks established the Ottoman Empire. Following Turkish period dramas Mere Sultan and Hurrem Sultan, most people immediately jumped on the Dirilis: Ertugrul bandwagon.

The show has a fan following in 60 countries mostly in the West.

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The main cast of ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’


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Imran Khan wants it in Urdu

Imran Khan even insisted that all five seasons should be dubbed in Urdu so that even the general public can watch the show. With the Prime Minister’s strong stance on countering Islamophobia through soft power, this would make sense.

In fact, on the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly meeting, PM Imran Khan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad to deliberate on this issue.

The three discussed collaboration to set up an English language channel to counter the rising sentiment of Islamophobia and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims at an international level.



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About Dirilis: Ertugrul

Dirilis: Ertugrul would fit perfectly into that agenda with its positive representation of Muslims Oghuz Turks protecting their home following the fall of the Abbasi Caliphate and Mongols, Christian Byzantines and the fanatic Knights Templar Crusaders invasions in the 12th century.

This was before Turks had land to call their own and the path that led to founding the Ottoman Empire, and of course, modern-day Turkey.

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Actor Engin Atlan Duzyaten as Ertugrul Bey

Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Bozdag actually created the stow in 2014. Dirilis: Ertugrul cast Engin Atlan Duzyaten in the titular role, with Esra Bilgic as Halime Sultan, Yaman Tumen as Gunduzalp, Hulya Darcan as Hayme Ana, Nurettin Sonmez as Basmi Beyrek, Cengis Coskun as Turgut Alp, Cemal Hunal as Ares, Burak Hakki as Sultan Aladdin, etc.


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The cast much like Game of Thrones is extensive and so is the series. From Kamal Khan in the Bond film, Octopussy to Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, Muslims are usually never the good guys.  Dirilis: Ertugrul bucks that trend.

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Esra Bilgic as Halime Sultan in ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’

Unlike how Muslim women are often portrayed in media, Dirilis Ertugrul shows Muslim women are wise rulers, warriors, strategist and a strength to their men, not a liability. This is a stark contrast to the common perception of Muslim concubines hidden in harems.

With all that, we definitely need more positive representation of Muslims like Dirilis Ertugrul.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.


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  1. I have watch all 5 seasons and it’s really a very informative drama and about Islamic history .. I also suggest to watch these seasons to every one .

  2. Beautifully made family drama fall in love with the characters they become your extended family awakens your EMAAN for
    All ages like a drug of emaan will make smile and cry “PROUD TO BE A MUSLIM “

  3. Outstanding drama

    I have watch all the 5 seasons i start watching the drama from previous year and completed it in ramazan the drama has150bolum(episode)

  4. I Watched its 4 seasons in one month.
    I challenge the whole world. Nobody can catch up this speed.
    And yes I know every aspect of the story and didn’t missed a single thing.

    Now I will take rest and will watch season 5 a bit later.

    This was amazing and love.

  5. There is no doubt that it is a great, positive, motivational and historic series. It gives one a sense of ‘belonging’ and a purpose of life. I always suggest it to anyone having ‘tough’ time in their life or simply wants to watch something different’!
    Albeit that fact that it has been ‘spiced up’ for the drama, it is based on a glorious history of Muslims, struggling to establish a home where they have peace, prosperity and above all, Devine justice.
    Read on this as well please:

    23 Signs that you are officially obsessed with Diriliş: Ertuğrul

    1. “Eyvallah” is now part of your everyday vocab, only to be met by confused and concerned family members who have no idea what you’re saying.

    2. You often practice saying the word “Eyvallah Bey” out loud because of how smooth it sounds on your tongue.

    3. Other additions to your now advanced vocabulary include: “Hatun”, Boyru”, “Soysuss”.

    4. You passionately shout out “Haydar Allah” whilst aggressively chopping vegetables with your kitchen knife.

    5. Watching an episode of Ertuğrul on your laptop during breakfast and dinner time is now the norm and nothing to be ashamed about.

    6. Referring your grandmother as “Hayme Hatun”, just to see her reaction.

    7. A few episodes in, you swiftly book your flights to Turkey.

    8. You suddenly want your clothes, accessories and house ornaments to resemble Kayi tribe.

    9. You are already planning your adventure to Turkey to find anything remotely related to Kayi.

    10. You start to realise that real men do exist… in the 13th Century.

    11. Your hatred towards the Templars,Mongols switched from 100 to 1000, real quick.

    12. You kiss and nodd on your mum’s hand when she does something nice for you.

    13. You decide it’s time sign up to your local sword fighting club… only to realise that it doesn’t exist and your dreams of becoming an Alp is over.

    14. When you find yourself in a sticky situation, your automatic response is “what would Ertuğrul do?”

    15. Your faith in God, humanity and divine justice changed in ways you couldn’t imagine.

    16. Finding someone who loves Ertuğrul as much as you do feels as though you have found your long lost sibling / potential soul mate.

    17. Making peace with past people who have hurt you, by comparing them to Noyan.

    18. Your current playlist is dominated by Turkish and Ottoman tracks. It is now your go-to-music for motivation and relaxation.

    19. You have shamelessly followed and stalked every Alp and Hatun on Instagram.

    20. You greet people by slapping your hand on your chest.

    21. Your interest in early Sufism and spirituality has heightened dramatically.

    22. “It’s not bae, it’s BEY”.

    23. A life without Diriliş: Ertuğrul is just not a life you are willing to accept.


  6. hiya, all well n all but why have the writers labelled this drama as a war drama? im sure ul agree that it is far more than this. I hope u will correct this.

  7. Amazing .. my favorite series . I hope more informative dramas introduce .. to provide knowledge build self .

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