News of Humayun Saeed producing a copycat ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul‘ has been making the rounds on social media.
The actor clarified the rumours and revealed that while he will be working on an historical epic in the near future, it will be based on Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi, the first sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. A Sunni Muslim of Kurdish ethnicity, Salahuddin led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant.
It has also been confirmed that notorious playwright, Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, most famously known for using disgusting language against a woman on Live television, will be writing the script for the show:
“We have decided to make a serial on a great Islamic hero. Currently, I am doing research, reading various books and will start writing in a week,” said Qamar.
The TV show will be produced by Six Sigma productions and will be directed by Nadeem Baig. The lead character will be played by Humayun Saeed.
According to Qamar, the drama serial will be made according to international standards and while he did not reveal the the name of the show, he hinted at an announcement soon, “The team will hold a joint press conference to announce everything soon,”
Qamar claimed that the script will not have an ounce of fiction and will be appreciated by Muslims around the world.
The writer also praised Drilish:Ertugul .“I salute the creators of Ertugrul and Tayyip Erdogan. I appreciate Imran Khan who wanted the nation to watch this drama,”
“Ertugrul was the hero of the Muslims, whether the serial is made by Turkey or any other country, heroes don’t change,” said Qamar.
While a historical epic will be a most welcome change amidst the current slew of saas-bahu dramas, we hope Khalil-ur-Rehman does not see this as an opportunity to push his personal narrative regarding women in Pakistan, and sticks to historical facts alone.
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