Pakistan teenagers from Swat Valley recreated a popular Turkish serial Dirilis Ertugrul into a film titled ‘Pakistani Ertugrul’ with their limited means. Teenagers filmed the scenes in a bid to express love and appreciation for the serial.
The youngsters, aged between 15 and 26, decided to shoot the film in Odigram village of Swat Valley. Some parts of the film have been released on their YouTube channel, Noor Bass Official. Young boys have so far sustained production with their interpretation.
The group is planning to release the entire film after Eid-ul-Fitr with the title, Pakistani Ertugrul, on YouTube.
A group of teenagers in Pakistan’s Swat district replicate the popular Turkish TV series “Resurrection: Ertugrul.” With their limited means, they are planning to publish it on YouTube with a new name, “Pakistani Ertugrul.”#ErtuğrulGazi pic.twitter.com/k28BQsjXsp
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Interestingly, the youngsters run a shop that sells various items like axes, swords, jackets, and borks, which they produced after watching the serial ‘Resurrection Ertugrul’. They say they have been running a successful business as they have been receiving orders from India and Afghanistan.
With the income earned from the business, they invested in the production and filming of the movie. In an interview with the Turkish media, they said that people of Swat valley are used to watching groups wearing costumes of ‘alp’-brave Turkish historic warriors.
Muhammad Abbas, who is a high-school student, plays Ertugrul Gazi in the film. He said that “We decided to shoot our series after watching Diriliş Ertuğrul. It impressed us a lot,” in an interview with Turkish media.
He added that they began with preparing costumes for themselves. “Then, we shot a few scenes but after a while, we got more enthusiastic and decided to start filming the whole series.”
Adding that the costumes were prepared after watching pictures and videos on the internet. “We cover all the expenses ourselves. As most of us are students, we do not have enough money for everything. If we can find a sponsor, it would be very good for us,” Abbas added.
The group says they are not affected by people mocking them because it is due to their work they got the chance to meet Dirilis Ertugrul actor, Celal Al, who played Abdur Rehman Gazi.
“We are the cameramen, directors, screenwriters, and actors of our series. We also learned skills like using swords and other weapons by ourselves. This is quite difficult,” he added. Highlighting that “Diriliş Ertuğrul” is an Islamic series, Abbas said, “This series has affected us, more precisely the whole world and Islamic countries.”
The youth praised the performance of Engin Altan Duzyatan who played Ertugrul adding that even the bigwigs of Bollywood like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan cannot match him. They expressed special likeness for the character of Bamsi Beyrek in the series.