Aşk-ı Memnu (TV series)

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Aşk-ı Memnu
Forbidden Love
Aşk-ı Memnu.jpg
Based on Aşk-ı Memnu 
by Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil
Written by
Directed by Hilal Saral
Barış Yöş
Starring Beren Saat
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ
Nebahat Çehre
Selçuk Yöntem
Hazal Kaya
Country of origin Turkey
Original language(s) Turkish
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 79
Producer(s) Kerem Çatay
Location(s) 41°9′55.28″N 29°3′9.92″E / 41.1653556°N 29.0527556°E / 41.1653556; 29.0527556
41°13′16.67″N 29°17′44.88″E / 41.2212972°N 29.2958000°E / 41.2212972; 29.2958000
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Ay Yapım
Original network Kanal D
First shown in 4 September 2008 – 24 June 2010

Aşk-ı Memnu (English: Forbidden Love) is a Turkish romantic drama television series originally broadcast on Kanal D between 2008 and 2010.[1] It is an adaptation of Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil's 1899 novel Aşk-ı Memnu but takes place in contemporary Istanbul instead of the novel's late 19th-century setting. Latin remake/version was made called Pasion Prohibida.


Peyker Yöreoğlu (Nur Aysan), Firdevs Yöreoğlu's (Nebahat Çehre) eldest daughter is getting married to Nihat Önal (İlker Kizmaz). Nihat is the son of a rich but cunning businessman Hilmi Önal (Recep Aktug) who dislikes Firdevs knowing she is a greedy, cunning and self-centered woman. Bihter Yöreoğlu (Beren Saat) is the younger daughter of Firdevs Yöreoğlu. She is beautiful and young; blames her mother for her father's death.

Adnan Ziyagil lives in a mansion on the shore of Istanbul's Bosporus strait with his two children, teenage daughter Nihal and eleven-year-old son Bülent. Behlül is the nephew of Adnan. He was brought home by Adnan after his parents died in a car accident. Ms Deniz is the children's nanny and she has been living in the household before the death of Adnan's wife. Adnan falls in love with the much younger and beautiful Bihter. He proposes her and she agrees to marry him even though she knows that her mother fancies him. Soon after Adnan and Bihter get married, Firdevs comes to live with the family. Hilmi Önel tells Adnan that he has made a big mistake by marrying Firdevs' daughter Bihter and warns him that Firdevs will rob his family just like she did to Nihat but Adnan ignores him.

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.

Bihter and Adnan start living a happy life. Bihter tries to be good towards Adnan's children. Now everything is going well. Bihter gets pregnant with Adnan's child. Her mother Firdevs becomes excited and says this child will ensure Bihter's position in Ziyagil family. But Bihter is not ready for the child so early, she talks to Adnan about it that his children have not accepted her yet. She wants to give them more time so they can get attached with her completely. He says they will talk about this issue later and also that he will be with her in her decision but he wanted to think over it again. Bihter gets an abortion without informing Adnan and he gets tensed. Some problems between Bihter and Adnan arise due to this but then are resolved.

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, has feelings for 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. 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 romance. 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 rejects her. As a last resort, on the day of 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 look to Adnan and then she kills herself. After her death, Behlül visits her grave, asking for forgiveness over his cowardice. He said loves 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 girl 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 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.
Adnan Ziyagil Selcuk Yontem 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. 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, loves Adnan.
Nihal Ziyagil Hazal Kaya Adnan's beautiful teenage daughter who gradually starts to fall in love with Behlül and results in being blindly in love with him. However, in the end she loses him and she, her father and brother and Ms Deniz move from the house to start a new life.
Bülent Ziyagil Batuhan Karacakaya Adnan's eleven year old son. Looks up to Behlül, 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.
Nihat Önal Ilker Kizmaz Peyker's husband, Hilmi Önal's and Aynur's son, Adnan's brother-in-law and business partner.
Hilmi Önal Nihat's father. Hilmi hates Nihat because he married Firdevs' daughter against his wishes.
Aynur Önal 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.
Süleyman Rana Cabbar The cook at the Ziyagil family. He is married to Şayeste and has a daughter, Cemile.
Şayeste Süleyman's wife and Cemile's mom.
Cemile Süleyman and Şayeste's daughter. Loves Beşir.
Nesrin The maid of the house. Engaged to Captain Rıza.
Sait When Beşir was sick, Sait came to the Ziyagil house as a driver. But actually he was sent by Hilmi to spy the family.
Katya Mrs. Firdevs's maid who had a crush on Sait.
Pelin Nihal's friend. Bülent had a crush on her.
Arsen Ziyagil 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 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

International broadcasts[edit]

Aşk-ı Memnu has broken ratings records in Turkey.[2] The series is the top-rated series there.[3] A major hit in Pakistan with 11.9 ratings on its last episode. It was seen by more than 90 million people in Pakistan. It was being aired again in Pakistan. It was the first foreign drama to get so much viewership and ratings in Pakistan. Aşk-ı Memnu was dubbed in many languages, including Persian, Urdu (Ishq-e mamnoo), and Arabic. Broadcasters carrying the series include.

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