On April 25, 2020, the Urdu-dubbed TV show premiered on Pakistan’s state-run PTV’s official YouTube channel and so far the first episode of Resurrection: Ertugrul, a popular Turkish TV series, has received over 100 million views.
Pakistanis adored “Resurrection: Ertugrul,” to the point that it was the most searched film-TV category on Google’s 2020 search list in Pakistan.
The series is set in 13th century Anatolia and depicts the fight of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
With the success of Resurrection: Ertugrul, some Pakistani media outlets started airing other Turkish TV shows, such as Yunus Emre: Askin Yolculugu (Journey of Love) and Kurulus Osman (The Ottoman), which centred on the Ottoman Empire’s early days.
The first YouTube episode of the Ertugrul series received over 100,000 comments, with many users urging others to rewatch it, resulting in over 100 million views.
Ertugrul: Major hit in Pakistan and Kashmir
“Resurrection Ertugrul,” also referred to as the Turkish “Game of Thrones,” is set before the Ottoman Empire was established.
The series is set in 13th century Anatolia and depicts the struggle of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
It was a huge success in Pakistan and, soon after, in contested Kashmir, where fans binge-watched the historical drama.
The Turkish TV series “Kuruluş Osman” (“The Ottoman”), which narrates the Ottoman Empire’s founding, has been dubbed in Urdu and broadcast on a private Pakistani TV channel.