What is Dirilis Ertugrul?
Unless you have been living in a cave (of which many exists in the show too!), you should have come across one of the more popular shows of current times called ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’. The first two seasons are also showing on Netflix where it is titled ‘Resurrection: Ertugrul’.
To cut a long story short, the show basically chronicles the life events of Ertugrul, who lives in the 12th Century and is the father of Ottoman’s empire founder Osman. The show is currently in its 5th Season now and the season is still ongoing.
The show is full of good correct Muslim values and portrays the Islam religion the way that it should be portrayed. So without further ado, lets cut to the chase and get straight to the facts. Hadi!
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 1
It is based on historical accounts of the rise of the Ottoman Empire prior to the establishment of the Ottoman Sultanate and eventually Caliphate.
Revolving around the character of Ertugrul who is the father of Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Caliphate, the story depicts the struggles of Ertugrul as he develops from a young man under the tutelage of his father Suleyman Shah in Season One to the fearsome leader in Season 5 currently airing.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 2
According to Engin Altan Duzyan, the actor who plays the role of Ertugrul, the historical accounts mentioning Ertugrul only amounts to 7 pages of sources.
These sources are kept in Turkish Archives, within Ibn Arabi’s chronologies, in Western archives about Templars, in Byzantine’s chronologies and in legends.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 3
Halime Sultan gave birth to Osman at the age of 67 years old which is a miraculous age for childbirth. However in the show, she gave birth to him much earlier.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 4
The first two seasons of the series were filmed in Riva and Beykoz districts of Istanbul. The third season was filmed in a new setting in Nevsehir.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 5
The series is written and produced by Mehmet Bozdağ and directed by Metin Günay. The theme music is by Alpay Göktekin. It debuts on December 10, 2014.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 6
The show is choreographed by choreography company Nomad. Nomad was also responsible for orchestrating choreographs in movies such as The Expendables 2, 47 Ronin and Conan the Barbarian.
Special choreograph sequences were developed for the actors, horses as well as other scenes in Dirilis.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 7
25 horses were used for the set and these horses are looked after by a veterinarian. A horse farm in Riva serves as the place where they are attended to.
There was also a special area akin a small zoo that was set up for all the animals that appeared in the show and these includes creatures such as goats, sheep, nightingales, partridges etc.
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 8
The show kicked off with a rating of 5.53 when it first aired on December 10 2014 but took the Turkish social media scene by storm.
The best rating the show achieved was 17.00 which was for episode 102!
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 9
Each episode is like a movie as the length of each episode is almost two hours long! Talk about a movie marathon!
Dirilis Ertugrul Fact 10
The first season had 26 episodes. The second season had 35 episodes while the third and fourth season had 30 episodes each.
The ongoing fifth season will have a whopping 36 episodes!
Imagine watching all episodes in one season at one go! Now that is what I call a movie marathon extravaganza! Hadi Eyvallah!
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