In a groundbreaking collaboration between Pakistan and Turkey, the highly anticipated historical series, ‘Kudüs Fatihi Selahaddin Eyyubi,’ has made its debut, immersing viewers in the legendary tale of Selahaddin Eyyubi. Set against the backdrop of an intricately designed set that meticulously replicates the ancient city of Damascus, the series promises a visual feast with historic mosques, bustling bazaars, majestic palaces, and ancient homes spanning a sprawling 200-acre area.
Produced by Turkey’s Akli Film and Pakistan’s Ansari and Shah Films, the narrative unfolds as a poignant exploration of Selauddin Ayubi’s early years and his rise to prominence. The lead role of Selahaddin Eyyubi is masterfully portrayed by Turkish actor Ugur Gunes, capturing the essence of the Kurdish-Turkish Muslim who founded the Ayyubid dynasty and became the first ruler of Egypt and Syria.
Selahaddin Eyyubi Episode 1 in Urdu
In this episode of Selahaddin Eyyubi
The first episode, running at an extensive three hours, delves into the political dynamics of the 12th century, an era marked by Crusader invasions that shook the Islamic world. The narrative skillfully weaves the historical context, emphasizing the unity and order among Muslims disrupted by the Crusaders, particularly in the holy city of Jerusalem.
The opening title, spanning 1:45 minutes, sets the tone for the series, reminiscent of other Turkish historical dramas like ‘Diriliş: Ertuğrul.’ The episode commences with a voiceover, urging viewers to explore their ancestral history, tracing back to the revelation of the first commandment.
Divided into three parts, the first section unfolds the birth of Salauddin and his prophesized role as the guardian of Quds (Jerusalem). The political intricacies of the era are elucidated, providing a backdrop to Saladin’s upbringing under the protection of Sultan Nūr al-Dīn Maḥmūd Zengī.
The second part focuses on the young Saladin’s aspiration to free Jerusalem from Crusader occupation. Negotiations with the Christian ruler and an unexpected assassination attempt add layers to the plot, showcasing Saladin’s determination and the challenges he faces.
The final part sees Saladin’s defiance of the state council’s decision as he strives to aid the besieged city of Ascalon. Amidst the chaos of war, a surprising romance unfolds between Saladin and Süreyya, the daughter of the Emir of Ascalon, adding complexity to the narrative.
While the picturization is commendable, some nuances, such as Saladin’s romantic involvement in the midst of battle, may raise eyebrows. As viewers eagerly await the second episode, questions linger about the fate of Saladin’s mission, the blossoming romance, and the repercussions of defying orders.
Intrigue, love, and valor intertwine as ‘Kudüs Fatihi Selahaddin Eyyubi’ sets the stage for a captivating historical saga that promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
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