Upon the massive success of Resurrection: Ertugrul, a Turkish historical drama, following its broadcast on Pakistan Television, Netflix, and Youtube, Urdu-speaking fans have now begun asking when TRT’s in-production series Barbaros would air in Urdu Speaking countries.
The hit series Ertugrul has been available in Urdu, but Urdu and Urdu-speaking audiences had to wait years before it was available in their native language.
At this point, it remains uncertain whether Turkish producers will strike a deal with Pakistani channels for the immediate release of Barbaros in Pakistan.
With 150 episodes and over 400 on Netflix streaming service, Resurrection: Ertugrul is called the Muslim Game of Thrones and debuted on Turkish television in 2014 and ended in 2019.
In two months, more than 58 million people viewed the first episode on PTV’s YouTube channel, while the entire series has gotten more than 250 million views in Pakistan.
In a post to his Instagram account, Engin shared a picture of a clapperboard marking the title of his upcoming historical drama Barbaros.
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TRT’s new series “Barbaros” will not be featuring Turkish star Agatay Ulusoy, who has starred in the hit drama The Protector. Talks with TRT reportedly collapsed due to scheduling conflicts.
Ulusoy’s decision to end the project may have been caused by the director’s insistence on casting Ertugrul’s Engin Altan Düzyatan in the historical drama, which is being hailed as Turkey’s next big hit.
In addition to moving onto other projects once repeatedly delayed shooting “Barbaros,” Ulusoy originally intended to play Oruç Reis.
Ay Yapim, which is responsible for hits like Black Money Love and What is Fatmagul’s Fault, has reportedly reached out to Ulusoy about joining a new series called “Word of Honor.”
In an interesting development, Turkish actor Düzyatan would appear as the elder brother of the Ottoman admiral Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, aka Father Oruç, who conquered Tunisia in the 16th century.
Turkish television series are among the world’s top five series exporters, captivating audiences from Latin America to Central Asia.
According to reports, Altan Duzyatan will portray Hayrettin Pasha in Barbaros, who won naval battles during the mid-16th century to consolidate Ottoman control over the Mediterranean.
Turkey’s Culture Ministry reports that more than 500 million people are watching Turkish television series in over 150 countries.
With over 70 countries watching, “Resurrection: Ertugrul” has been particularly well received.
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