Pakistan and Turkey share a great connection when it comes to art. Actors from both countries have an amicable relationship too. In a rather surprising yet exciting development, latest reports suggest that Diriliş: Ertuğrul famed Turkish actor Engin Altan Duzyatan is in Lahore for a short visit. The news was revealed on Pakistan in Turkey’s (PakTurkey) official Twitter handle. It read, “#ErtugrulGazi (Diriliş Ertuğrul) lead actor Mr. Engin Altan Düzyatan just landed at Lahore Airport for a short visit to Pakistan at the invitation of a private business company. Join us to welcome him.” Earlier, the grapevine suggested that the actor would be inaugurating a mosque in Lahore after signing an agreement with a housing society.
#ErtugrulGazi (Diriliş Ertuğrul) lead actor/hero Mr. Engin Altan Düzyatan just landed at Lahore Airport for a short visit to Pakistan at the invitation of a private business company. Join us to welcome him. #PakistanWelcomesErtugrul#VisitPakistan
— Pakistan in Turkey (@PakTurkey) December 10, 2020
However, the purpose of Duzyatan’s visit has not been confirmed yet. He previously met with a few Pakistani celebrities and differently-abled children over a virtual call and expressed his desire to visit the country. The historical Turkish drama series Dirilis: Ertugrul started airing in Pakistan in April 2020 and won thousands of hearts. It was literally being watched by almost every Pakistani household.
Hence, it is no surprise that the TV serial has now topped Google’s list of Pakistan’s movie and TV searches of 2020. Fans of the show fell head over heels for the two lead actors, Ertugral played by Düzyatan and Halima Sultan played by Esra Bilgiç. With record-breaking views, it aired on state-run television PTV translated in Urdu. In March, when the Covid-19 pandemic first broke out in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan recommended watching the Turkish series in an effort to promote Islamic culture and values among youngsters. “I warned against copying the west and Bollywood alike but people said this is what the public wants to watch. Ertugrul is also one of the most widely watched series, it doesn’t have any obscenity,” Khan said earlier.