The latest Pakistani obsession, Dirilis: Ertugrul has taken the internet by storm. Everyone has been talking about it. But it doesn't end there.
The fan’s obsession with the show’s actors/characters seems to have taken a flight for the worse; screenshots from the Instagram profile of the actor who plays Halima Sultan on the show, Esra Bilgiç, revealed the dark, albeit hilarious, side of Pakistani fans as they went on to relentlessly moral police her on her clothing and poses.
The picture elicited comments like ‘Why are some Turkish and Pakistani actors following Western culture?’ and ‘I hate you after seeing this picture Halima Sultan.’
That’s not all, many even likened her on-screen persona to something that they expected from her in real life. The ‘modest and noble’ lady troupe was repeated, implying that that’s how she should lead her life.
The backlash that followed Halima's pictures didn't go unnoticed by Pakistani actor Ahsan Khan.
Taking to Twitter, the Udaari actor wrote, "I know people in Pakistan think it's ok to troll actors here and judge them, at least spare the cast of Ertugrul. It's shameful, What's going on! Who are we to do this to them?"
And many agreed with Khan.
Agreed. Shame on those who are making fun of them.İ am sure those are the ones who didnt even see a single epi of #Ertugrul & criticizing as fun. Kahani tou daikhlo İslam ki hai ajj jo deen ki baaten karty hu isko pehlane mea bardi mehnat ki hai Allah k logon ny.#Respect #Drillis https://t.co/mX2rhfkv9Z— Syed Mehdi Naqvi (@mehdinaqvioffcl) May 11, 2020
Exactly!🤦😞 https://t.co/vHaS5v1nuZ— مصباح 🇵🇰🇵🇸 (@misbaahasghar) May 11, 2020
Hum hain Pakistani hum khud ko ruswa karwayenge https://t.co/bAkct7VMda— Moochar (@AsliBinLaden) May 12, 2020
Here’s hoping that our people realise that actors are actual people in real life and cannot and don’t have to emulate the characters they play on-screen.
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