Based on a real love story: Bride of Istanbul

The second season of İstanbullu Gelin – Bride of Istanbul has just started. We can say it was one of the best performing drama of 2017 and we may say that it is will be the best series of 2018 too.

Aslı Enver and Özcan Deniz in İstanbullu Gelin - Bride Of Istanbul
Aslı Enver and Özcan Deniz in İstanbullu Gelin – Bride Of Istanbul

Bride of Istanbul is based on a real love story, a young beautiful singer Ülkü Üst and a young businessman Ali Sarpkan felt love and married in 1975. Ülkü Üst was the singer of the girl band Beyaz Kelebekler (White Butterflies) and married with Ali Sarpkan. But Ali Sarpkan’s family was a traditionalist family and they didn’t accept Ülkü at first, Ülkü tried everything to save her marriage even at the cost of losing her career as a singer. 

Ülkü Üst Sarpkan - The singer of the famous band Beyaz Kelebekler
Ülkü Üst Sarpkan – The singer of the famous band Beyaz Kelebekler

The storyline of the series of this love story is modernized and included more complex relationships. Ülkü’s name is changed to Süreyya and is played by Aslı Enver and Ali’s name is changed to Faruk and played by Özcan Deniz.

Özcan Deniz as Faruk in Bride of Istanbul
Özcan Deniz as Faruk in Bride of Istanbul

Faruk is a young and rich and a modern businessman, but his family is led by his mother Esma (played by İpek Bilgin) who is a hard traditionalist and ultimate decision maker. Esma was planning Faruk to marry with İpek (played by Dilara Aksüyek) Süreyya is played by Aslı Enver, is a modern artist and who lost her parents and raised by her aunt. They fall in love in İstanbul and they got married without Faruk’s family’s approval. Faruk brings Süreyya to his 400-year-old family mason and the situation becomes more than a cultural conflict. 

Aslı Enver and Özcan Deniz in İstanbullu Gelin - Bride Of Istanbul
Aslı Enver and Özcan Deniz in İstanbullu Gelin – Bride Of Istanbul

Later in the first season, the audience was surprised by Faruk’s background. This may be a big spoiler, so we need to say that the storyline has major differences with the original story. 

This series is a bit different from common eastern and western conflict. It’s about tradition and modern choices also woman’s situation is also subjected. Süreyya is a strong character, Faruk’s mother is also a strong character, however, the main conflict is women’s situation on society, Süreyya defends a feminst line; standing on her own feet, can make her own decisions, and she does not have to obey the societal assertiveness. By contrast with Süreyya, Esma defends a traditional line; in spite of dominating the house she defends patriarchal structure, she thinks that woman has the duty to keep the family together and defends it from all threats comes from outside. 

Bride of Istanbul cast
Bride of Istanbul cast

Özcan Deniz is best known from famous drama Asmalı Konak, later he starred in many romantic tv series and movies. We can say he is the romantic star of Turkish television. 

 

Aslı Enver as Süreyya in Bride of Istanbul
Aslı Enver as Süreyya in Bride of Istanbul

Aslı Enver is a young actress and she was married with Birkan Sokullu in 2012, the couple divorced in 2015and Aslı Enver started a relationship with famous singer Murat Boz. In 2017 Murat Boz caught in a fun night with Bahar-Nihal Candan sisters that caused the couple’s breakup. Iw was also rumored that after breaking up with Murat Boz, Aslı Enver started to date with Özcan Deniz, but this was falsified by both.

A scene from shooting of the second season of Bride of Istanbul in Prague
A scene from shooting of the second season of Bride of Istanbul in Prague

İstanbullu Gelin – The Bride of Istanbul is really loved by Turkish audience. Somehow the series attracted a wide range of people in different social classes. The second season scores better in ratings. 

The series is aired on Fridays on Star TV at 20:00 (İstanbul Time)

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