Projects on Salahuddin Ayubi and Mughal Emperor Babar launched in collaboration with Turkey and Uzbekistan

Not many would dispute that the year 2020 was the year of Turkish television series Dirilis: Ertugrul, which broke TRP records in Pakistan and stirred much interest in historical shows, a genre largely unexplored by mainstream Pakistani television and cinema.

The many fans of such shows in the country will be elated to learn that now the Pakistani government is actively encouraging international collaborations to create content that is relevant to the country’s rich history as well as its Islamic heritage. Recently, the team behind the upcoming series on Crusades-era hero Salahuddin Ayubi met the Prime Minister. The series is being produced by Turkey’s Akli Films and Pakistan’s Ansari and Shah films and is set to include 75% Turkish and 25% Pakistani cast. According to reports, the project will go on floors next year in March and will comprise of 3 seasons consisting of 34 episodes each. It has already generated a substantial buzz, winning backing of industry stalwarts such as Humayun Saeed and Adnan Siddiqui.

Mughal emperor Zahir-ud-Din Babur had his roots in modern-day Uzbekistan, and besides Pakistan, also happens to be a national hero in that country. An announcement of a joint venture between Pakistan and Uzbekistan to produce a movie about the legendary king was made in a press conference of no less than the premieres of the two nations, and the project is shaping up to be another exciting historical period piece that is blipping on our radars.

Watch this space to stay tuned to the latest on these two exciting ventures!

Written by Faisal Ali H

I work as an economist and maintain an active interest in Pakistani cinema.


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