Dirilis Ertugrul famed Turkish actress Esra Bilgic appears on the covers of the Pakistani magazine. The glamorous actress shared the picture of the cover page of the magazine on her official Instagram account.
Esra Bilgic had an exclusive photo-shoot for the June edition of the Pakistani magazine ‘HELLO’. It is the first time Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has appeared on the cover of a Pakistani magazine. The actress expressed her delight in working with people in Pakistan.
“Hello! Pakistan June digital issue is out and I’m on the cover! Thank you to my all team,” wrote Esra Bilgic on Instagram.
The magazine also shared glimpses from the phenomenal photo-shoot of Esra Bilgic held in Istanbul, Turkey. Also, the magazine announced with pride that this is the first time Pakistan’s favourite Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has collaborated with any Pakistani magazine for her fans.
“Esra Bilgiç wins hearts and minds on the cover of HELLO! Pakistan this June 2020. Pakistan’s favourite Turkish star took out time for her Pakistani fans to do an exclusive photoshoot for HELLO! following all Covid-19 protocols this month. This is her exclusive, first-ever interview and photoshoot for a Pakistani publication,” wrote the magazine.
Esra Bilgic-Turkish actress famous for her character of Halime Sultan in the Turkish serial, Dirilis Ertugrul said she is excited to meet her fans in Pakistan. Earlier, she expressed her wish during the exchange of comments with a Pakistani fan on Instagram.
Esra Bilgic excited to meet her Pakistani fans
Pakistani fans swarmed her Instagram account with messages of love and appreciation when she posted her endearing picture.
In her comment, she thanked the love and appreciation she is receiving in Pakistan. “I would like to say thank you with all my heart for your precious compliments. Your support makes me happy.” To another comment, she said, “lots of love from me to Pakistan.”
A Pakistani fan informed how the serial Dirilis Ertugrul smashed popularity records in Pakistan. Pakistan’s state-owned television, PTV has been broadcasting the serial in Urdu dubbing since Ramzan this year, upon the request of PM Imran Khan.
Initially, Pakistani fans of Dirilis Ertugrul started moral policing Turkish actors Esra Bilgic (Halime Sultan) and Engin Altan Duzyatan (Ertugrul) on Instagram for following western culture in real life.
The Pakistani fans — inspired by the exquisite representation of Muslim characters played by these actors on screen — rushed to their social media accounts. But the western lifestyle of Turkish actor disappointed Pakistani fans.
Esra Bilgiç is a Turkish actress and model. She portrayed Halime Hatun in the historical adventure television series Diriliş: Ertuğrul from 2014 to 2018. She is currently the leading actress in the crime drama series Ramo. She also appeared in Bir Umut Yeter. In 2019, Bilgiç was offered to play a leading role in the film Adaniş Kutsal Kavga.
She studied International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara. On 21 October 2017, she married Turkish footballer, Gokhan Tore. But the marriage lasted only two years and the couple divorced on 17 June 2019.
Play ‘Halime Sultan’ in real life
Fans swarmed the Instagram accounts of Esra Bilgic with rude and unpleasant comments. They blasted her for not emulating the traditional Halime Sultan in real life. They commented she played the role of a noble and modest woman in the serial. Then she should follow that character in real life too. Some even asked the Turkish government to take action against Esra Bilgic for disrespecting the ‘Halime Sultan’.
Perhaps, fans expected Esra Bilgic to be living the same traditional life she played in Dirilis Ertgurul. Hence, the disgruntled fans went on to say that they have started hating her after seeing her pictures.
However, Esra Bilgic-Halime Sultan responded with love for Pakistan despite being subjected to moral policing by a cross-section of Pakistani social media users who slammed her for western dressing.
Despite the vitriol from a few Pakistanis, she has a growing fan base in Pakistan. She is cheered for her flawless performance as Halime Sultan in Dirilis Ertugrul.