Kudüs Fatihi: Selahaddin Eyyubi (The Conqueror of Jerusalem: Saladin) series has finally arrived.
The first episode of an extensive 3-hour duration was released on Monday, November 13, 2023, on the TRT1 channel. Many would find it more like a historic-action film for production’s grand treatment and epic sets.
To truly appreciate the series, one must first understand the historical context it is set in, while the timing of the Pak-Turk collaboration release coinciding with the current station in Gaza and Jerusalem will certainly leave many emotional.
The series is produced by Turkey’s Akli Film and Pakistan’s Ansari and Shah Films.
The story plot follows Salauddin Ayubi’s early years and ascent to fame of this iconic individual.
But there is a big problem: Ascalani are enemies of the Zengis. For this reason, Saladin was not given permission by the state council. However, Saladin goes to help the people of Ascalan despite the council’s decision.
Difficult obstacles now await Saladin. In the middle of this difficult war, a spark of love ignites between him and Süreyya, the daughter of the Emir of Ascalon. But even though they are united in this war, they are both on the enemy side.
Well, it is good picturization, however, the very thought of keeping in view the personality of the great Saladin in view, it seems a bit off that he was attracted to a girl in the middle of a battle.
As er wait for the second episode, we have a couple of questions that keep us intregued. Will the spark of love in their hearts grow or will this war inflame hostilities even more? Will Saladin be able to save Ascalan and achieve his goal? Will he be punished for violating the orders of the state and the sultan and going to Ascalan?