All you need to know about Pak-Turk joint production, ‘Turki Lala’

The series Turk Lala will highlight the role of Muslims of the subcontinent in the Khilafat movement.

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Pakistan and Turkey are set to jointly produce a historical series on Turk Lala, a renowned figure of the sub-continent who played an integral part in the Khilafat Movement. The series will be broadcasted simultaneously in Turkey and Pakistan.

Turkish director, Kamal Tekdin, who had directed the smashing series, Dirilis Ertugrul was in Pakistan for a five-day visit last week to discuss the series. The series Turk Lala will highlight the role of Muslims of the subcontinent in the Khilafat movement. The series will show how Muslims reached Turkey in 1920 to fight against imperialist forces.

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According to reports, Tekdin Films have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Kashif Ansari of Ansari Films and TRT Films which would lead to a collaborative project and Pakistani actors Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed will be looking over the casting and production from Pakistan.

Siddiqui in his interview with Dawn News said, “This could make Pakistani entertainment go international.” The actor believes joint production will take the Pakistani entertainment industry to lofty heights, where it will be able to compete with international entertainment industries.

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According to the producers, the story of Turki Lala will be foretold in three seasons, each season will be of 30 episodes. However, the series will be released in 2023- a year coinciding with the 100 years of independence of Turkey.

Members of entertainment industries from both sides said that the series will acknowledge the ongoing strong and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey.

Siddiqui says nearly 50 to 60 Pakistani actors will be a part of the series. When asked about who will play the character of Turki Lala, Siddiqui said, “The casting hasn’t been determined yet. But the script is being written and it’s going to be finalized soon.”

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