Turkish and Pakistani companies sign deal to film life of Salahuddin

Salahuddin al-Ayyubi. Editorial credit: Federico Zovadelli / Shutterstock.com

Turkish and Pakistani companies have announced a collaboration to produce a TV series about the life of Muslim hero Salahuddin al-Ayyubi.

Turkish producer Emre Konuk, owner of Akli Films, signed the deal with Pakistan’s Ansari & Shah Films in a production which will feature actors from Turkey and Pakistan. The series will be shot in Turkey and is planned to have three seasons.

“A happy news on a blessed Friday night! Contract signed between Akli Films and Ansari & Shah Films about ‘Sultan Selahaddin Ayyubi’,” Konuk tweeted.

He wished that the international, joint project is beneficial “to our country and our art world.” Konuk said he was happy to realise the project, despite being aware of the difficulty in portraying “this great person who left his mark in history and all over the world.”

Salahuddin was the heroic conquerer and liberator of Al-Quds, wresting control of the city from the Crusaders in 1187. He was a great military leader, politician and statesman, but was also a devout Muslim who was admired even by his stanchest enemies.

The co-production comes on the back of the huge success of Turkish drama “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” in Pakistan last year.

Prime Minister Imran Khan even recommended that Pakistani youth watch it, saying: “Pakistani youth can learn about Islamic history and ethics by watching the Turkish drama.”

In recent years, cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey has strengthened not just in the defence, diplomatic, and economic realms, but also in the cultural space.

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