Turkish TV series are the latest trend in Pakistan. Strong story-line, realistic and mind-blowing acting, perfect direction, the grandeur, dresses, and oh-so-beautiful awe-inspiring scenery…they excel in every field and have become a major hit here. I, too, am obsessed with them. Recently, an idea clicked my mind that what if there is a Pakistani remake for these. This provoked me to do post one it and share thoughts on the story-line and possible casting. I know all the actors in the series did justice to their roles and the original series was perfect in its own, but come on this is just for fun. Here you go!
Aşk-ı Memnu (English – Forbidden Love)
This was a major hit both in Pakistan and Turkey and the final episode got a high rating of 11.9 with 90 million viewership. The contentious love story of Bihter and Behlul was loved by all. The serial left people hooked to their television screens with the plot twists, acting and the Bihter-Behlul chemistry of course.
Having lost his wife eleven years ago, Adnan has devoted all his attention to his children Nehal and Bulent, living in a mansion near Bosphorous, Istanbul with their children’s nanny Mrs Denise and relative’s son Behlul. On the other side, Bihter is a socialite couple’s daughter who is elegant and beautiful. Adnan falls in love with her and proposes her and they marry. While searching for peace, safety and happiness in Adnan’s mansion, Bihter meets passion. Bihter and Behlul falls passionately for each other. There are plot twists and several love triangles.
I think Noor Hassan would be a perfect choice to play Behlul. And Mahoor Baloch for Bihter. Hania Amir can play Nehal.
It was also a major hit. I would be amazing to see the version of this ‘dreamy-yet-complicated’ love story of Feriha and Emir.
Feriha is a beautiful and young girl born in a poor family. Her mother is a great support for her who is a housekeeper and her father is a doorman in Etiler, an elite neighbor-hood of Istanbul. Feriha gets a scholarship in an elite University. Embarrassed about her family background, she lies and represents herself as a rich girl. There she meets Emir, who is a playboy. They both fall for each other. There are many complication in their relationship. But love wins.
Again, I think Hania Amir would be perfect for the role of Feriha. She resembles her somehow. And Imran Abbass for Emir.
Kara Para Aşk( English: Black Money Love )
I’m so down for this remake. One of the best Turkish plays. Elif-Omer’s story literally made hearts melt. The story, acting, direction won various accolades. It won the hearts of people straight away.
Omer Demir is a devoted police officer who has recently been rewarded an all-expense-paid trip to Istanbul with his fiancée Sibel Andak. He lives in poverty with his mother, older brother and his wife Melike, likes Sibel, who lives with her mother, ill father, and sister. Elif Denizer is a wealthy jewelry designer and head of her family’s empress in Rome. For her birthday she is traveling back to Istanbul, where her father, mother and two sisters live in a large mansion. That evening, her family surprises her for her birthday with a party, but her father dismisses himself early. Next morning Omer is informed about murder of two, when he appears on the scene, the victims are Elif’s father and his fiancee Sibel. An incident brings them closer. They both join handsto find the murderers. They discover some harsh truths about their families. There are complications, romance, action and a lot of mixed feelings. It is a suspense thriller. After every episode you’ll feel like you need a therapy.
I’m so into the idea that Fawad Khan should play Omer. It would be astounding to see the talented hunk in the role of a police-officer which he has never ever played before. And Ayeza Khan or Noor Khan would be perfect for Elif’s role.
There are much more series that you can look up to. But these were the popular ones that I think should get a remake. It would be captivating to watch them from a different angle.