Near Thokar Niaz Baig towards Multan road, a statue of popular character “Ertugrul” from renowned Turkish TV series, “Dirilis Ertugrul” ( Ertugrul Ghazi) has been erected in Marghzar Colony, Lahore.
Since the Drama aired on PTV on the first of Ramadan [25th April], it gained attention of millions of Pakistanis within a couple of months. Currently, more than 5 million subscribers on Youtube, trending No. 1 on Netflix in Pakistan as “Resurrection Ertugrul”, this series created a wave of obsession among the audience.
The residents of the Marghzar Colony, caught up in the wave of infatuation towards the series, insisted upon paying tribute to the leading character “Ertugrul” portrayed as the soldier of Islam in the series.
The president of Marghzar colony, Muhammad Shahzad Cheema says he decided to erect the statue after the residents sparked the idea of paying tribute to the character.
Middle-aged, turban wearing man, riding on the back of the Horse (named as Aktolgali in series), holding sword in one hand and a shield in the other, this beautifully carved shining black sculpture is said to be made with fiber and metals in the city of Kamalia, Toba Tek Singh district. It is also said to rename the street where it is situated as “Erugrul Ghazi Chowk” in coming days.
The eminent leadership of Ertugrul, the struggles of Muslims of 13th century, their undying love for Islam and the beginning of Ottoman Empire shown in this series is what seek the attention of Muslims around the globe and make this series popular in Muslim World.
Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan advised the Pakistanis to watch “Ertugrul Ghazi” to learn Islamic Morals. It was the PM’s request to Urdu dub the whole series and air it on PTV.