Aşk-ı Memnu (2008 TV series)

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Aşk-ı Memnu
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Based onAşk-ı Memnu
by Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil
Written by
  • Ece Yörenç
  • Melek Gençoğlu
Directed byHilal Saral
Barış Yöş
StarringBeren Saat
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ
Hazal Kaya
Nebahat Çehre
Zerrin Tekindor
Selçuk Yöntem
Country of originTurkey
Original language(s)Turkish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes79
Producer(s)Kerem Çatay
CinematographyHüseyin Tunç
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Ay Yapım
Original networkKanal D
Original release4 September 2008 (2008-09-04) –
24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)
Related showsPasión prohibida
Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara
External links

Aşk-ı Memnu (English: Forbidden Love) is a Turkish soap opera television series originally broadcast on Kanal D between 2008 and 2010. It is an adaptation of Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil's 1899 novel Aşk-ı Memnu set in contemporary Istanbul instead of the novel's late 19th-century setting.


Adnan Ziyagil lives an idyllic life on the shore of Istanbul's Bosporus strait with his two children, teenage daughter Nihal and eleven-year-old son Bülent, his nephew Behlül, and various house staff. Behlül, son of Adnan's cousin, moved in after his parents died in a car accident when he was young. Ms Deniz Decourton is the children's nanny and she has been living in the household long before the death of Adnan's wife.

Since Adnan is a wealthy widower, he attracts the attention of Firdevs Yöreoğlu, who has two daughters and has recently lost her husband. Peyker Yöreoğlu (Firdevs' eldest daughter) marries Nihat Önal. While at their wedding, Adnan and Firdevs' youngest daughter, Bihter Yöreoğlu bond over the loss of their loved ones. Adnan falls in love with the much younger and beautiful Bihter. He proposes to her and she agrees to marry him even though she knows that her mother fancies him. There is no love left between mother and daughter as Bihter blames her mother for her father's death after she cheated on him with another man. Firdevs is also not a favorite of Nihat's father, the rich but cunning businessman Hilmi Önal. Hilmi dislikes Firdevs because she is greedy, cunning and self-centered.; he vows to make her life a living hell.

Despite Firdevs' initial opposition, Adnan and Bihter get married. Hilmi disrupts their wedding and warns Adnan that he has made a big mistake by marrying Firdevs' daughter Bihter. Hilmi tells Adnan that Firdevs will take advantage of his family just like she took advantage of his family when Peyker married Nihat, but Adnan ignores him. Bihter begins to settle in the Ziyagil's house and tries to win the friendship of Adnan's two children.

Soon, Firdevs comes to live with the family.

Adnan offers Nihat a job in his office, to which Nihat agrees and Hilmi becomes furious. He swears to ruin Nihat's and Adnan's lives.

Nihal is not very happy with her father's decision of marrying Bihter. She wanted him to marry her French nanny Ms Deniz.

The marriage of Bihter and Adnan begins well as Bihter tries to endear herself to Adnan's children. Soon, Bihter becomes pregnant and she fears it is too soon in the marriage to welcome a child. Her mother Firdevs advises her daughter that this child will ensure Bihter's position in the Ziyagil family. Bihter explains to Adnan that his children have not accepted her yet and she wants more time before having a child. He tells her that they will talk about this issue later and that he will stand by her decision but he wants to think it over again. However, Bihter gets an abortion without Adnan's consent. They argue about it but they reconcile.

Beşir is the Ziyagil family's driver who had been living with the family since he was six years old. Adnan raised him along with Nihal. He was also Nihal's childhood friend. Beşir secretly loves Nihal and can go to any length to see a smile on the innocent Nihal's face. Nihal, on the other hand is madly in love with Behlül, but only Ms Deniz is aware of it. Cemile, the daughter of Ziyagil family's cook Süleyman and his wife Şayeste, secretly loves Beşir.

Everybody knows Behlül is a playboy. Bihter even hated him since he left Peyker. But as she lives in the Ziyagil house, Behlül falls in love with Bihter. She rejects him, but later accepts.

Behlül buys a small house on the riverside but only Bihter is aware of it. Bihter often goes there to meet Behlül. Beşir, however, discovers this and secretly captures a video of Behlül and Bihter making love, but he fears that if he shows this to the family, Nihal would be heartbroken. Therefore, he just leaves the Ziyagil House without informing anyone.

Behlül breaks up with his girlfriend Elif Meryem and comes closer to Bihter. However, he soon realizes that he is hurting his uncle and starts avoiding Bihter. Bihter now finds it impossible to live without Behlül.

Firdevs senses change in Bihter's attitude. She uses her maid Katya to spy on her daughter and her family. Firdevs soon discovers everything about Bihter-Behlül's affair. She also discovers Nihal's feelings for Behlül and tries to bring Nihal and Behlül closer to each other. Nihal soon reveals that she loves Behlül. Behlül is shocked to hear this because he only loved her as his sister. Soon Beşir finds out that he has lung cancer. The Ziyagil family somehow finds him and he tells Behlül that he knows about his and Bihter's romance and that if he doesn't marry Nihal and keep her happy, he will reveal everything to Adnan. Soon, Behlül gets engaged to Nihal and Beşir is happy to see Nihal happy. Adnan's sister Arsan takes Beşir to her home so that she can take care of him.

Heart-broken Bihter confronts Behlül. He tells Bihter that their relationship is over, and that he will marry Nihal as to rectify his mistakes. Bihter, knowing that he loves her and is marrying Nihal only out of guilt, breaks down in front of her mother. She says that she is dying and begs her mother to stop the wedding. Firdevs helped her but couldn't stop the wedding. Bihter also discovers that she is pregnant with Behlül's child, but she aborts it when she sees that Behlül is not ready to accept her.

Behlül is caught in a dilemma. He is ashamed of himself for deceiving his fatherlike uncle and in guilt he leaves Bihter, for whom he had broken off his engagement with Elif, and gets engaged with Nihal.

A day before Behlül's wedding, Bihter asks him to run away with her but he refuses. As a last resort, on the day of the wedding, Bihter confronts Behlül, pointing a gun towards herself. She asks him whether he will be able to live after losing her and he says "no" but does not have the guts to take the gun from her hand.

Adnan breaks into his bedroom and sees them together. He scornfully reminds Behlül that he treated him like his son. Bihter looks at Adnan and then shoots herself. After her death, Behlül visits her grave, asking for forgiveness over his cowardice. He says that he loved her and that he is her murderer, himself and of everyone else, nothing would have ended this way if he wasn't the coward that he was, and that it is his punishment that he will have to live with this guilt forever. Behlül leaves Ziyagil family. Firdevs goes into shock over her daughter's death and ends up being paralyzed. She blames herself for snatching her daughter's love from her which resulted in her death.

Adnan is on the path of recovery after Bihter-Behlül's betrayal, and moves into a new house with his children, Ms Deniz and the servants (Süleyman, Shayesta, Nesrin, and Cemile) while Nihal is on the path of recovery after Behlül's betrayal too.


Role Actor Character
Bihter Yöreoğlu Ziyagil Beren Saat The protagonist Bihter is a beautiful young woman who blames her mother, Firdevs for the death of her father. When her mother was planning to marry Adnan Ziyagil, a rich widower, Adnan proposes Bihter instead of her mother. Bihter agrees, but actually she only loves Adnan as a father, not a husband. Adnan already has two children from his first marriage. She soon begins an affair with Behlül, Adnan's nephew.
Behlül Haznedar Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ Behlül, is Adnan's nephew but he had been living with Adnan since he was a kid, when he lost his parents. He is known as a womanizer and has a lot of girls in his life, but he falls in love with Bihter. However, he is not brave enough to defend their forbidden love. He loves Nihal just as a sister. He lost Bihter and his family at the end, and said he will live unhappy forever.
Nihal Ziyagil Hazal Kaya Adnan's innocent and naive teenage daughter, she gradually starts falling for Behlül and results in being blindly in love with him. However, in the end she loses him and she, her father, brother and Ms Deniz move from the house to start a new life.
Adnan Ziyagil Selçuk Yöntem A rich widower who falls in love with the much younger Bihter. He has two children, Nihal and Bülent.
Firdevs Yöreoğlu Nebahat Çehre Bihter's and Peyker's mother, a greedy woman obsessed with money and power. Her husband died of a heart attack when he discovered that she was having an affair. She wanted to prevent the love between Bihter and Behlül.
Ms. Deniz De Courton Zerrin Tekindor Nihal's and Bülent's nanny, secretly loves Adnan.
Bülent Ziyagil Batuhan Karacakaya Adnan's eleven-year-old son. He loves Behlül so much and looks up to him, saying that "I just wanna be like Behlül".
Peyker Yöreoğlu Önal Nur Fettahoğlu Bihter's older sister, Firdevs's daughter, Nihat's wife, Doruk's and Saif's mother and Behlül's ex-girlfriend.
Nihat Önal Ilker Kizmaz Peyker's husband, Hilmi Önal's and Aynur's son, Adnan's brother-in-law and business partner.
Hilmi Önal Recep Aktuğ Nihat's father. Hilmi hates Nihat because he married Firdevs' daughter against his wishes.
Aynur Önal Zerrin Nişancı Nihat's mother, Peyker's mother-in-law. She is a soft-spoken and kind lady who loves Peyker and Nihat very much.
Beşir Elçi Baran Akbulut Driver at Adnan's house. He was orphaned at the age of six so when Adnan found him, he brought him home and raised him along with Nihal. He was in love with Nihal and would go to any length to keep her happy. He knows about the Bihter-Behlül affair.
Elif Meryem Eda Özerkan Behlül's ex-girlfriend who he got engaged to make Bihter jealous. However, Behlül ended their relationship as he fell in love with Bihter.
Süleyman Rana Cabbar The cook at the Ziyagil family. He is married to Şayeste and has a daughter, Cemile.
Şayeste Fatma Karanfil Süleyman's wife and Cemile's mom.
Cemile Pelin Ermiş Süleyman and Şayeste's daughter. Loves Beşir.
Nesrin Evren Duyal The maid of the house. Engaged to Captain Rıza.
Katya Ufuk Kaplan Mrs. Firdevs's maid who had a crush on Sait.
Pelin Hayal Köseoğlu Nihal's friend. Bülent had a crush on her.
Sait Uğur Tekin When Beşir was sick, Sait came to the Ziyagil house as a driver. But actually he was sent by Hilmi to spy the family.
Arsen Ziyagil Gülsen Tuncer Adnan's older sister and she cares for Beşir when he is sick.

Series overview[edit]

Season Number of Episodes Episodes Start of the Season Season Finale Day and Time of Broadcasting TV Season TV Channel
Season 1 38 1-38 4 September 2008 18 June 2009 Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 20:00 2008-2009 Kanal D
Season 2 41 39-79 (Final) 3 September 2009 24 June 2010 Thursday 20:15 2009-2010 Kanal D

Other adaptations[edit]

The series follows a 1975 adaptation of the novel starring Müjde Ar as Bihter and Itır Esen as Nihal, taking place in the original late 19th-century setting. A Spanish-language American remake titled Pasión Prohibida began airing in 2013. Later, the Indian channel Star Plus decided to remake this show as Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara.

International broadcasts[edit]

Aşk-ı Memnu has broken ratings records in Turkey.[1] The series is the top-rated series there.[2] A major hit in Pakistan with 11.9 ratings on its last episode. It was seen by more than 90 million people in Pakistan. Aired thrice, it was the first foreign drama to get so much ratings in Pakistan. The Series was renewed for a fourth time in Pakistan and is currently airing on a YouTube Channel "Dramas Central" in partnership with Kanal D and Dot Republic Media. Aşk-ı Memnu was dubbed in many languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu, Persian, and Arabic. Broadcasters carrying the series include.


  1. ^ Turquía sueña con el amor prohibido
  2. ^ Soap Operas in the Arab World Yield Their Own Soft Power
  3. ^ "Rishtey to air Turkish drama 'Pabband Ishq'". BizAsia. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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