Actor Ahsan Khan wants people in Pakistan to know it is not ok to troll actors. Taking to Twitter, the Udaari star said “I know people in Pakistan think it is ok to troll actors here and judge them, at least spare the cast of Ertugrul.”
The actor said that this sort of behaviour was shameful.
— Ahsan Khan (@Ahsankhanuk) May 11, 2020
What the actor was referring to was a recent trend on social media where people were calling out and trolling stars of the Turkish epic which has been aired on PTV since the beginning of Ramazan.
It all started over an Instagram post by Turkish actor Esra Bilgic, who plays Halime Sultan, in the soap. The actor has Pakistani followers started commenting on her outfits. From the comments, it looks like her followers have confused Esra in reel and real life.
Esra’s co-star and the show’s leading man, Engin Altan Düzyatan, was also trolled over an Instagram post from 2015.
This led to a debate online where some people defended the trolls and others wanted them to get a grip over reality.
WHY can’t the Pk public distinguish between FICTIONALISED CHARACTERS on a medieval 15TH CENTURY period drama and HUMAN BEINGS WORKING AS ACTORS in a 21st century contemporary republic? How can they possibly be so cut off from reality in the Internet era?#Ertugrul #HalimeSultan pic.twitter.com/2M4fzyVK9c
— Laaleen لعلین ✒ (@laaleen) May 12, 2020
Pakistan men having a meltdown at esbilgic (Halima Sultan from Ertugul) posting a picture because Astaghfirullah Halima baji 😂 pic.twitter.com/sFblUu5Bw1
— Sheldon (@Avicenna911) May 10, 2020
Hey @esbilgic, you have done an amazing job in masterpiece @DirilisDizisi, you have done justice to the role #HalimeSultan and people of Pakistan are really appreciative of your work. Allah Bless you. 🇵🇰🇹🇷
— Mirza Adil (@ad1lmirza) May 11, 2020
While all this was going on Laal Kabootar star Mansha Pasha was dragged in as well when a fan said that she looked like Banu Cicek (Ezgi Esma).
I have gotten multiple messages regarding this.
Dont see the resemblance but thank u i guess 😊 https://t.co/2s0qrREb4x
— manshapasha (@manshapasha) May 11, 2020
The actor replied and said that while she had gotten multiple messages about it, she didn’t see any resemblance herself.
Last month it was announced that Dirilis: Ertugrul would be aired on PTV during Ramazan as per the prime minister’s request.
The Turkish soap, chronicles the life of the Muslim warrior, has been dubbed into Urdu and will air daily with reruns.
According to the prime minister, watching the show will make the youth learn about Islamic history and ethics.