Kiralik Ask (2015–2017)
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One of the greatest problems I've had in the past with Turkish television was that I often felt the dialog didn't match the scene. Actors would often seem either completely detached from the scene or overacting it. That was was not the issue here (I'm talking about the main story and main two characters). They had an amazing chemistry. Line delivery, gestures, mimic... it was truly an enjoyment to watch.
The only downside to the show is the fact that since the show was planned to last for about 3-4 months and have just over 20 episodes, but ended up running for year and a half with 69 episodes, changes in script were necessary. And it shows! For me, by the time that slight setback happened, I've grown so attached to the characters that it didn't really bother me, but I can definitely see why certain people found that problematic.
Like most Turkish television shows, this one relies heavily on emotions... Not just romantic feelings, but those between family members, friendships, colleagues! Characters are truly well-rounded and they have a great development throughout the entire show. Side characters are just as colorful and a bit 'too much' at times, but they all play their part in the story.
If you give this show a chance (and I strongly recommend that you do), you will be laughing and crying, get warm fuzzy feeling and get angry at times. And you will be treated to one of the most beautiful and well-played love stories ever.
But the best part of this wonderful show are the leads. Baris Arduc and Elcin Sangu have a fire-crackling chemistry, and their acting is superb.
I have seen ask laftan anlamaz also, the stories are very similar. But Kiralik ask came before it and does a lot of things way better that it's counterpart. This again is thanks to the leads. Omer and Defne's love is just amazing to watch, they make you feel along with them.Their love and the pace at which they fall for each other is way more believable than Murat and Hayat.
It was originally intended to be a short series but because of the ratings it was elongated, which is why some viewers might find it too long, but I was not complaining as I got to see more of Omer and Defne.
reason not to watch ! 1. the drama is tooo long ! 69 ep with 2 hours running time each is hell for those like me who used to watch korean, japan, thailand, taiwan drama which usually only have bout 16 - 30 episodes with 1 hours running time. so think carefully whether you have time to watch this or not. or mybe u can skip most of it and just watch Omer and Defne part since that the only thing that you might love. 2. the drama start best at first few episodes and start to be boring in middle and get superb at the end.. 3. it is a bit dragging with the main lead keep being back and forth with each other. 4. i feel tired waiting for that girl confession to Omer bout why she lied and yada yada bla bla 5. to be honest the aunt and koray is a bit annoying though. 6. new character keep popping out of nowhere making a new misunderstanding each time eventhough it get solved pretty fast. 7. MOST IMPORTANT ! you'll have a hard time to move on from Omer and Defne !! i dont know if this is good thing or bad..huhu