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Straight Outta Ottoman: Kashmiri Parents Name Newborns After Turkish Series Ertugrul

Naseer Ganai

June 03, 2020 00:00 IST
Straight Outta Ottoman: Kashmiri Parents Name Newborns After Turkish Series Ertugrul



Popular Turkish serial Dirilis Ertugrul has had such effect on its viewers in Kashmir that parents are naming their children after its protagonist, Ertugrul.

Pediatricians in Kashmir say that parents are naming their newborns after ‘Ertugrul’, the lead character in Turkish historical fiction series, Dirilis Ertugrul. The adventure television series shows the life and times of people who laid the foundations of the Ottoman Empire.

“Ertugrul is the frequently encountered name in my outdoor department,” says Dr. Suhail Naik, consultant Pediatrician and president Doctors Association of Kashmir. “During winters ‘Ertugrul’ caps with fur were trending in Kashmir, but at that time I didn’t comprehend the basis of fashion. But now I also started watching it and I realise what is happening,” he said. Ottoman soldiers and the civil officers used to wear the slightly claret red headwear called fez.

Dirilis Ertugrul is set in 13th century Anatolia (now modern-day Turkey). It is based on stories of the Muslim Oghuz Turks, fighting Byzantine, invading Mongols and the Crusaders. The series revolves around Ertugrul Ghazi, a warrior and father of Ottoman Empire founder Osman I.

The serial became popular in Kashmir amid lockdown and siege after removal of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. With lockdown, communication blockade and later prolonged shutdowns against revocation of Article 370 became norm, Kashmiris started sharing the downloaded files on USB drives to watch this historical drama.

However, in the Covid-19 lockdown the popularity of the serial grew after it was dubbed in Urdu by Pakistan in April and the Urdu-language version, gaining a huge popularity in Kashmir.

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