Ever since Diriliş: Ertuğrul aired in Pakistan on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the nation has been obsessed with the drama series and its cast. There has been a lot of heartwarming (and not so heartwarming) exchange between people of Pakistan and the actors of the series, many of who have sent their love to the country and its people.
Recently a video of Engin Altan Düzyatan, who plays Ertuğrul in the hit series, singing Dil Dil Pakistan has gone viral on social media.
“Mera apko salaam Pakistan,” adds Düzyatan.
Known as Pakistan’s second national anthem, Dil Dil Pakistan was sung by the late Junaid Jamshed and released by Vital Signs in 1987.
Salman Ahmad of Junoon also shared the clip on social media and said that he never imagined Ertuğrul to be singing it one day.
Set in 13th century Anatolia and based on the struggle of Ertuğrul Gazi, father of Osman I – the founder of the Ottoman dynasty, Diriliş: Ertuğrul has been trending in the country ever since its first episode aired on PTV Home. Pakistanis are loving the drama series and it has become a sensation in the country. According to PTV, 133.38 million people have watched the drama series from April 25- May 14. PTV’s YouTube channel has also registered an exponential rise in its viewership with 5.3 million subscribers and episodes trending every day on the social media platform.
In an exclusive interview with The Current, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed Khan revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gifted the drama series to Pakistan as a goodwill gesture.