In a groundbreaking collaboration between Pakistani and Turkish production houses, the opening episode of a gripping drama series chronicling the life of the famous 12th century Muslim commander Selahaddin Eyyubi has debuted in Karachi.
According Arab News, the Pakistani producers echoed the sentiment, stating, “We don’t need supermen; we have our real heroes.” Ayesha Omar and Humayun Saeed, two prominent Pakistani actors, have emerged as frontrunners in the casting process for the upcoming second season of the show.
Anticipation is high as they are set to join the cast, adding their star power to the show’s evolving narrative. The inclusion of these accomplished actors signals an exciting prospect for the second season, which promises to elevate the narrative with their remarkable performances. “They had to start with Turkish actors, obviously,” Ayesha said Arab News. “We are supposed to have our workshops, learn the Turkish language and [then] work with them.”
The star also mentioned that her mother is especially excited about being a part of the show. “From a very young age, my mother was really into Islamic history and would tell us [about it]. Selahaddin Eyyubi was her favorite character…So when I told her I was going to audition for this series, she said ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it’. It was like her dream come true.” the actor shared.
According to the producers, Humayun is set to appear in a few episodes of the upcoming season once they identify a character who is “potent”. “Not only me but other top Pakistani actors can also be a part of it. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Adnan Siddiqui, Fawad Khan,” Humayun said. “THE WAY [Diriliş] Ertugrul aired everywhere internationally whether it was Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pakistan or even India, this series will also go places,” he continued.
Humayun and Ayesha have been associated with the series since its inception. However, as the former mentioned, the transformative idea to forge a partnership with Turkiye for a joint production came during a visit to his sets Diriliş Ertugrul, courtesy of Adnan Siddiqui’s insightful suggestion. “One of the reasons to show the series [in Pakistan] it’s for people to watch and word of mouth,” Adnan revealed. “A lot of channel owners are also present, they have to watch and evaluate it. There will be a round table with them and we will see how things develop [for the release of the series in Pakistan].”
The series chronicles the remarkable journey of Eyyubi (1138-1193), the first sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. A joint effort between Pakistan’s Ansari and Shah Films and Turkey’s Akli Films, the series was shot in Istanbul on a sprawling 200-acre set owned by co-producer Kashif Ansari. The show, which was originally produced in Turkish, is to be dubbed into Urdu, English and Arabic, catering to a global audience looking to delve into the epic story of Selahaddin Eyyubi.
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