A Turkish delegation consisting of Diriliş: Ertuğrul executive producer Kamal Tekdin and actor Celal Al recently met in Islamabad, among others, with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani actors Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed, as well as Federal Ministers Shibli Faraz and Shaheryar Afridi.
A joint venture involving actors from both countries was discussed in depth at the conference. This venture will take the form of a series focused on the renowned sub-continental character Turk Lala from the Khilafat Campaign, according to an APP article.
Siddiqui posted some pictures from their meeting on his Instagram on January 8, and showered Al with a lot of appreciation in the caption. Today, his co-star Saeed has revealed that he is totally delighted to bring his fans his ‘biggest project ever’ in light of the forthcoming venture.
“Saeed wrote, “It was an absolute joy to welcome our Turkish guests; Mr. Kemal Tekdin, executive producer of the hit series Diriliş: Ertuğrul, together with our beloved Cel Al, most popularly known as Abdul Rehman Alp, and Dr. Kashif Ansari of Ansari Films, for getting us all together.
“Here’s the beginning of the new Pak-Turkey friendship chapter,” he concluded.
On January 7, Pakistan’s film and television industry was urged by the PM to create insightful local narratives for young people that could serve as an alternative to Ertuğrul and the substandard, glamorous material that is already being created.
“If quality local production is presented by the Pakistani film and drama industry, it will not only advance, but also provide young people with the alternative of sub-standard and glamorous content that will be welcomed like Ertuğrul,” he said.
The meeting addressed the proposed television series in depth, and why producing period dramas was important. Up until the 1980s, the premier said Pakistani serials were very popular in the country, so their creators needed to work now to encourage local culture for the ‘western-inspired youth’ who should be made conscious of their own origins and ‘saved’ from social evils.
Khan further mentioned that it was unfortunate that the young generation was not aware of the Sub-golden continent’s age of Muslim rule, APP said. In this golden age, he said, attempts should be made to thwart the plans of propaganda mongers by making films and dramas.
Tekden, though appreciating the PM’s decision to broadcast Turkish serials in Pakistan, said Khan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, shared the idea of raising youth awareness of their history and culture. The Premier, though appreciating the project of the proposed TV series on Turk Lala, assured the government of complete cooperation.