Rustem pasha was born in smal village in Sarajevo in 1500. his real name was Opukovic. in tv series of Solomon the magnificent in Turkey , it was mentioned that Rustempasha was shepherd of Pigs in village during his childhood. Rustem Pasha and his brother Sinan was taken to Enderun School which was university of Topkapi palace. After good education in Enderun, Rustem pasha became silahdar ( security guard who was always nearby Sultan). Rustem Pasha joined Mohac battle in 1526. After Mohac battle, Rustem Pasha became imrahor ( staff authorized to care of Sultan's horses).after that Rustem pasha was appointed to be governor of Diyarbakır city. and then Rustem Pasha became third vizier. he got married with Mihrimah , daughter of Suleyman the magnificent, after that his nickname was " Groom Rustem" . he was slandered to be leprosy. this slanders was broken thanks to lopsy foundedn in his body or Costumes. at the that time , it is believed that lopsies could not live on leprosy body. after this event, his nickname was converted to iqbal louse. And also he was two times grand vizier. It was believed that he took so many bribes. thanks to this , he was so rich.
He passed away in 1561. in Tv series, Rustem Pasha was killed by Atmaca Although Rustem pasha was known to be died naturally. his tomb is in Shezade Mosque.