On the behest of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, “Dirilis: Ertugrul” or “Resurrection Ertugrul” has been dubbed in Pakistan’s national language Urdu.
Since the airing of “Dirilis: Ertugrul” of Pakistan State TV (PTV), the Turkish production mesmerized the local Pakistani audience. The series not only stimulated great interest in Pakistani audience towards the Turkish and Islamic history, but worked as a successful narrative shaping tool. The official YouTube channel of Pakistan’s state TV has been subscribed by 3.53 million audiences and more than 300 million viewers watched the series on YouTube alone.
There is another mesmerizing Turkish production, The Rise of Empire : Ottoman , which needs to be dubbed in Urdu after Ertugrul for the local Pakistani audience. The docu-series is based on the conquest of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the conqueror of Constantinople. His reign lasted from 1444 to 1446, and down the line from 1451 to 1481. Before Sultan Mehmed II Conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Muslim armies tried 23 times to capture the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople but failed to do so.
The reason behind this great appetite of Muslim empires, Sultans, Caliphs, generals and armies to conquer Constantinople was the very famous saying of the great prophet of Islam (PBUH). He said:
“Verily you shall conquer Constantinople. What a wonderful leader will he be, and what a wonderful army will that army be! The first army that goes on expedition to Constantinople will be forgiven.”
The six episodes docu-series is written by Kelly McPherson and landed in Netflix on Friday, January 24th, 2020.
Unlike Ertugrul, the “The Rise of Empire : Ottoman ” docu-series is based upon a real history and historical events and harness very little fiction.
Personally, I regard “Dirilis: Ertugrul” as a much superior production than the “Rise of Empire: Ottoman” in terms of fiction and characterization of the history and exhibition of Islamic values. Furthermore, the “Rise of Empire: Ottoman” docu-series is a dramatization of Mehmed’s conquest of Constantinople and simultaneously provides academic insight to the audience.
The cast features Cem Yi̇ği̇t Üzümoğlu (Sultan Mehmed II), Bi̇rkan Sokullu (Giovanni Giustiniani Longo), Tuba Büyüküstün (Mara Hatun), Tommaso Basili (Emperor Constantine XI), Seli̇m Bayraktar (Çandarli Halil Paşa), Damla Sönmez (Ana), Osman Sonant (Loukas Notaras), Ushan Çakır (Zaganos Paşa), Tolga Teki̇n (Sultan Murad II), İlayda Akdoğan (Therma Sphrantzes) and Tansu Bi̇çer.