Turkish Ertugrul series set to break YouTube record after popularity in Pakistan

Turkish historical war drama Ertugrul to break all records after winning hearts of Pakistanis

Turkish TV series, Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul, is set to break a world record of most new subscribers in a month on YouTube after the overwhelming response in Pakistan.

Pakistan Television (PTV), which started airing Ertugrul since first Ramadam, the serial’s YouTube channel has crossed 1 million subscribers. The show attracted 16 million views in just 15 days.

“Now, it’s time to make history by reaching 6.6 million subscribers before May 26th, 2020 and make the #ErtugrulYouTubeRecord,” TRT Ertugrul PTV said on Twitter.

The drama tells the story of Ertugrul, a Turkish leader and father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled a large part of the world for 600 years.. It portrays the history of Muslims during the 13th century and an era of Muslim power.

Massive response in Pakistan impresses Dirilis Ertugrul producers

The makers of the historical Turkish war drama Dirilis Ertugrul have been amazed by the overwhelming response by the Pakistani audiences.

The drama, which is dubbed in Urdu for the local audiences, is currently being aired by state-run Pakistan Television Corporation as well as online via their YouTube channel. With the current response, Turkish state-run Television channel Turkish Radio & Television (TRT) and PTV are looking forward to setting up a new YouTube record for the most subscribers in a single month.

Riyad Minty, the director of the digital of TRT expressed excitement about the extremely strong response to the Urdu-dubbed version of the drama. “Ertuğrul has gone viral in Pakistan and its episodes are trending on YouTube in Pakistan every day,” said Minty. The YouTube channel has gained over has more than 30 million views and 1,000,000 subscribers in a few days. “These numbers are expected to climb up in the coming days”, says Minty.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was highly impressed by the show and wanted all Pakistanis to see the drama as it gives an insight to the beginning of the Ottoman Empire. “Pakistani youth can learn about Islamic history and ethics by watching the Turkish drama, Khan said.”

Imran Khan and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, and then Malaysian Premier Mahathir Muhammad discussed setting up a combined English news channel earlier as well.

Known as the Turkish Game of Thrones, the drama has been a massive worldwide hit. The drama, which was first aired in 2014 in Turkey, has now reached 60 countries. Currently, it is also available on Netflix, though the streaming service has broken its two-hour-long episodes into 40-45 minutes each.

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