The sixth season of popular Bangla-dubbed Turkish historical fiction about the Ottoman rule, Sultan Suleiman, is set to start on eid day.
The Turkish TV series will be shown from Saturday to Thursday at 7:30pm and 10pm, every week on Deepto TV.
Written by Meral Okay and Yılmaz Şahin, it is based on the life of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman (Süleyman) the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became a Sultan. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then was transferred to Star TV.
The story begins 37 years after the death of Suleiman the Magnificent. It recounts the life of Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan, a female ruler of the Ottoman Empire through her sons and grandson.
The show generated controversy and complaints from some viewers, for what they referred to as a "disrespectful", "indecent" and "hedonistic" portrayal of the historical sultan. Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council, known as RTÜK, claimed they had received over 70,000 complaints about the show and warned Show TV to publicly apologise for wrongly exposing "the privacy of a historical person".
However, the show gained international popularity and is reported to have an international audience of 400 million viewers.
Sultan Suleiman received the highest TV program ratings in Bangladesh soon after it was aired.