Turkish TV series have been breaking rating records in Afghanistan for a while. In the country, Indian television dramas were once the most famous ones. Afghan people enjoy pretty much-watching action, crime, romance and drama show. Because they see Turkish culture and the Turkish family structure quite similar to their own.
Afghan televisions are very sensitive in the selection of series. They usually prefer those that are suitable for Afghan culture. The reason for being so selective is to avoid a backlash from Islamic communities and Taliban supporters.
Locals People of Afghanistan Like to Watch Turkish TV Dramas
Turkish TV series are translated and broadcast into Persian and Pashto languages. The number is astonishing: among 50 local and national TV channels in Afghanistan. One such series, “Diriliş Ertuğrul — Resurrection Ertugrul” for instance, is famous as “Uprising in Afghanistan“. The show tells the story of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. Three private Afghan channels are broadcasting the Turkish series once a week.
As another example, the phenomenon Turkish TV series “Çukur — The Pit” is another popular Turkish show in Afghanistan. Broadcast on the Tolo channel, it has high ratings and everyone can clearly see the impact of the series in the daily life of Afghanistan.
Other well-known series include “Paramparça — Shattered“, “Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki — As Time Passes By“. And of course, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl — Magnificent Century” and “Sen Anlat Karadeniz — Tell You The Black Sea“. So, the popularity of the market of Turkish TV series is growing day by day around the world.
Meanwhile, you can find most of the series we mentioned above by clicking the links. Thus, you will enjoy a great number of articles about Turkish TV dramas and celebrities.
Influence of Turkish Actors and Actresses on Fashion
Icons and characters from Turkish series are printed on t-shirts and sweaters to attract more followers. A store owner Milad Ahmad Giyasi in Kabul told Anadolu Agency that, “Turkish TV series have a considerable impact on Afghan people”. Giyasi said he orders clothes with related icons and characters on them. As Afghan people prefer that kind of clothes more than casual clothing.
The Powerful Impact on the Bilateral Relationship
According to Caner Bozat, cultural, historical and religious similarities between Turkey and Afghanistan have led to a high demand for Turkish products. He is, by the way, commercial counsellor at Turkey’s embassy in Kabul.
“Turkish products are in the high price segment and appeal to high-income groups. But, we have also observed that demand for Turkish products has increased. This increase especially comes from the middle- and lower-income groups. So, this could be possible as a result of the effects of the Turkish series,” Bozat said.
Furthermore, Caner Bozat also stated that most Afghans want to visit Turkey and see the places in the series. “We can see that people have started to watch Turkish TV series via satellite or on the internet through Turkish channels. As a result of this great interest, the strong effect of Turkish series leads to children willing to learn and speak Turkish,” he added.