Dirilis Ertugrul: A Real Threat to Hollywood and Bollywood

The increasing impact of this series can become a potential vulnerability to the Hollywood and Bollywood industries.  

Dirilis Ertugrul is a response to the Hollywood and Bollywood movies which portray Muslims as ferocious and brutal. This is evident from India’s recently released films such as “Padmavaat,” in which Allauddin Khilji, a Turk, was depicted as a wild contrary to historical reality.

As per a report printed in India, “Dirilis Ertugrul” moves in flash drives from one household to another, bypassing a government attempt to stop local cable operators from contents generated by Muslim countries like Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan.

Although “Resurrection of Ertugrul” has been banned in a few countries where it is being seen as Turkey’s quest to revive Ottoman Empire yet, the drama led a deep impact on the audience of several parts of the world including Asia, America, Africa, and many others.

Furthermore, the series is penetrating through people’s minds and generating a huge revenue after it has been dubbed in different languages. Due to this, Hollywood and Bollywood businesses are being affected on a large scale.   

The series depicts the medieval campaigns of Muslim Turks against the Crusaders, Byzantine, and Mongol armies and subsequent victories of Muslims. The drama has a far-reaching success and has invaded the foreign audience. It is particularly common in the Near East, Africa, America, and Asia. It was viewed in over 85 countries, in more than 25 languages. The drama keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and a charismatic storyline is a good entertaining series. President Maduro of Venezuela is also a fan and was seen wearing a Turkish warrior’s hat during his visit to Turkey.

The hype of “Resurrection of Ertugrul” has fascinated a huge number of audiences as people are dressing like the characters of the series and throwing birthday parties with the IYI theme. Let us give you a real-life example. A few days ago, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada four siblings named Iqra, Maria, Hajra, and Ammar arranged the first birthday party for their youngest brother Haider based on “Resurrection of Ertugrul” theme. The décor, cake, and wardrobe were all inspired by the beautiful culture of Turkey shown in the series.

PTV has recently started broadcasting the famous Turkish “Resurrection of Ertugrul” series described as a Turkish game of thrones dubbed in Urdu. The five-season series is based on the Turks of the 13th century, and the life of Ertugrul, son of Suleiman Shah, who paved the way for the establishment of the Ottoman Empire.

According to state-run Pakistan Television (PTV), the drama series has been watched by 133.38 million people so far from April 25- May 14. Its episodes are also a daily trend on YouTube in Pakistan.

PTV’s YouTube channel has recorded an unprecedented increase in its viewership with 21 million subscribers in just 20 days since the series with Urdu dubbing began riding on the airwaves, breaking all previous records.

The increasing influence of this series is not going to be limited to the birthday parties only. We predict we will also start to see Ertugrul theme weddings very soon.

The nomadic Turkish Oghuz tribes established a state in the region of the Aral Sea in the north Caspian areas during the 9th and 10th centuries. Through their original homeland in the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia, they slowly migrated to Central Asia. They then migrated in search of pastures to the south and appeared in Anatolia (now Turkey).

There were 24 tribes in Oghuz, some of them migrated to Anatolia, and one tribe Ghaur moved to Afghanistan, where the Ghaurid Empire originated. The Seljuk Empire comprised of Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and most of Iran in 1037. The Seljuks under Arsalan conquered the Byzantine army at the decisive battle of Manzikert by 1070. It was during this time the way was open for Turkic tribes to settle in Anatolia, for those who remained loyal to Seljuks. It was during this period that the way to settle in Anatolia was open for Turkish tribes, for those who remained faithful to the Seljuks.

The Kayi tribe also settled in the region under Ertugrul, son of Suleiman Shah, and remained trustworthy to Seljuk Sultan Alauddin. He was made frontier chief of the border in view of his support and counterattacks on Mongols, Crusaders, and the Byzantine army. Ertugrul became a feudal Sogut district chief with the task of protecting Byzantine boundaries.

During the time of Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566), the greatest of the Ottoman sultans, the Ottomans achieved the zenith of their glory. For more than six centuries the Ottoman Empire maintained its sovereign existence, and it was considered the world’s greatest power. The first influential Turk on the subcontinent was Ghazni Mahmud, a Mamluk. He was the first to reach India in 1000 AD, crushing Hindus’ military might. Shahbuddin Ghauri, another Turk, established India’s first Muslim empire in 1193, following the defeat of Prithvi Raj. Ghauri founded the Slave dynasty and was in the subcontinent the true founder of Islam. Slaves had been replaced by Khiljis (Turks), then Tughluqs (Turks) who belonged to the Turks’ Qarauna tribe.

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