Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui on Monday revealed that he was in the land of Rumi, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, whirling dervishes and baklava. The actor disclosed on his social media that he is visiting Turkey for a shoot and has been taking some time off to roam around the country as well.
Siddiqui, who has been keeping fans up to date on social media about his latest visit, disclosed that he paid a visit to the famous tomb of the warrior, Ertugrul Ghazi in Sogut – a small town in the Bilecik province of Turkey. .
Live on Instagram, the actor shared a video of the monument and wrote, “One must be marooned on an island to not know about Ertuğrul Ghazi now that he’s moved out of boring history books to the legendary Turkish series Ertuğrul.”
He went on to add: “So much is the frenzied fan following in Pakistan that the period drama captures most of the conversations these days. So here I was, at the tomb of the great Ertuggrul in Sogut who can be loosely attributed as the founder of the Ottoman Empire going by historical events.”
Divulging into the history, the ‘Meray Paas Tum Ho’ star continued, “Ertugrul, the chieftain of Kayi tribe, the man who championed the cause of Islam, wished for a prosperous and safe state for Muslims and non-Muslims alike and whose regime was based on the tenets of justice and fair play.”
Siddiqui then shared his thoughts about the tomb: “Multiple thoughts crisscrossed my mind as I took in the beauty and the simplicity of the mausoleum. I had expected a grand monument to celebrate the great Ertuğrul, a man of commanding authority, and a greater legacy. And here was a tomb that spoke volumes of the chief’s life but didn’t need to rely on grandiosity. Humbled.”
Last week, Siddiqui met one of the ‘makers’ of the famous Turkish series, Dirilis Ertugrul. The ‘Mom’ actor, in a video that had gone viral on social media, shared that he’s currently in Istanbul, Turkey, also claiming that he was with the ‘maker’ of the hit Turkish series.
Focusing on Qadir, Siddiqui can be heard saying: “Right now, I’m with Qadir Sahab, and he is the man who created Ertugrul; his company created it.” He then drops a particularly interesting bit towards the end with: “InshaAllah you will be having some good news.”
The Ertugrul Hype
Dirilis Ertugrul has been a fan favourite since PM Imran Khan had the show run on state-run television and recommended the countrymen to watch the show for increasing their knowledge about Islam and its rich history.
Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan once again praised the Turkish historical drama series for very interestingly portraying Islamic culture and heritage, all the while steering clear of any and all obscenity.
Glorifying muslim Heroes and Islamic history , Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed PTV to air ‘Ertugrul’
— Dr. Iftikhar Durrani (@IftikharDurani) December 3, 2019
Early this year, when the world was overcome by the pandemic, Khan introduced the show to the public, urging them to watch the series, guaranteeing that it would be the perfect use of everyone’s time. Ever since, the show was aired on national television, that too with Urdu translation and dubbing. Ever since, a number of Pakistanis – inclusive of celebrities – are hooked to the show.