Turkish star Engin Altan, claims Ertugrul Ghazi was a major success in Pakistan because both Pakistani and Turkish viewers love the same thing: well-designed stories.
In an interview with BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan, Altan said “the Turkish series had been successful at conveying a touching sense of drama to the audience”.
In Ramazan, on the order of the prime minister, Ertugrul was broadcast on PTV and became an instant success. The series also smashed the world record for the most YouTube subscribers.
According to the star, from the very beginning, they knew the series would do well but they had no idea it would get so much attention all over the world. “We are grateful,” he said.
Speaking about how the show had boosted tourism in the region, Altan said, “yeah we know for a fact Turkish popularity increased after the TV series which is great news. We are really glad”.
On asking what he loves about the lead, he said, “I love Ertugrul Ghazi’s vision, strength, purpose in life, and all of his values. He is an admirable person,” he said. “I am really happy that I could portray his life.” To his fans, he said: “I hope you like the show. Please keep watching.”