Karadayı

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Karadayı
Karadayi tv series.jpg
Written by Eylem Canpolat
Sema Ergenekon
Directed by Uluç Bayraktar
Starring Kenan İmirzalıoğlu
Bergüzar Korel
Çetin Tekindor
Yurdaer Okur
Erkan Avcı
Melike Yalova
Rıza Kocaoğlu
Theme music composer Toygar Işıklı
Country of origin  Turkey
Original language(s) Turkish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 115
Production
Producer(s) Kerem Çatay
Running time 130 minutes (average)
Production company(s) Ay Yapım
Release
Original network ATV
Original release 8 October 2012 – 15 June 2015
Website www.karadayi.tv

Karadayı (English: The Uncle in Black) is a Turkish television drama series produced by Ay Yapım, and broadcast on ATV. It was directed by Uluç Bayraktar (who also directed Ezel). It originally aired on 8 October 2012 in Turkey. It stars Kenan İmirzalıoğlu as Mahir Kara and Bergüzar Korel as Feride Şadoğlu.

Concept of Karadayı[edit]

The title "Karadayı" is a combination play on the Turkish word "Kabadayı" (a vigilante enforcer of justice) and Mahir Kara, the name of the series' protagonist.

Karadayı, meaning "The Uncle in Black" in Turkish language, in reference to Mahir's nephew, Junior Nazif who calls his uncle "Karadayı".

Synopsis[edit]

Mahir fights for justice. He wants to get his father, Nazif Kara, out of jail. While he joins the court of Istanbul as a trainee lawyer to fight his father’s case, fate finds him taking its own course. He stands at a crossroads where he must choose between Feride, the judge of his father's case, and his father.

This fascinating story unfolds as it takes you back to the magical Istanbul of the 1970s with all its charm and mysticality. The city of Istanbul is beautifully portrayed to depict the historical splendor of the place and its enchanting people.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place during the 1970s in Istanbul. Mahir is a young and handsome man. He works as a shoe repairer and has a comfortable middle-class life. He lives happily with his family, his father, mother, two sisters and one brother. On the day of his engagement to Ayten, his perfect life turns upside down. His father, Nazif Kara, is blamed for a murder. His father is convicted of murdering the Chief Prosecutor and he is sentenced to death after the trial. The witnesses saw Nazif Kara on crime scene with the weapon in his hands.The Kara family's life is then turned upside down because of a wrong accusation that results in the imprisonment of Nazif Kara for what he didn't commit. Mahir never believes that his father is guilty. He tries to prove it and wants to give him his freedom. However, finding any evidence to save his father would be too hard for him. Therefore, Mahir gives up his life. He makes a plan to work with the judge of his father’s trial, so that he could investigate the case in more detail and to find the true murderer. He creates a new identity and acquaints himself as Salih, who is a law apprentice. He starts to work with Feride who is the Judge for Nazif Kara’s trial. Feride is a young and beautiful woman who comes from a rich family. She is very successful at her work. Mahir (Salih) starts to give assistance to Feride while she is doing research and investigations about the murder. Salih tries to give another perspective to Feride. He always wants to protect his father and for this reason, most of the time he expresses his positive views about Nazif Kara. As time passes, Salih and Feride fall completely into each other. However, Salih knows that this is impossible love thus, he tries to hide his love. Mahir/Salih wants to achieve his main goals. The first one is justice for his father and the second one is his love Feride.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 36 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08) 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)
2 39 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09) 16 June 2014 (2014-06-16)
3 40 15 September 2014 (2014-09-15) 15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)

Critical appreciation[edit]

Oscar winner Hollywood star Russell Crowe, enquired that he is amazed of the Karadayı series. He said that he follows it and that he's a fan of Bergüzar Korel's acting. "She can do great things in Hollywood", he added.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Actor Characters About
Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Mahir Kara (Karadayı) Nazif's son from Nihal Altun, who always valiantly struggles against injustice. A new fake trainee lawyer in court house, Salih Ipek.
Bergüzar Korel Feride Şadoğlu Judge at Court house, also the judge of Nazif Kara case. Falls in love with Mahir Kara without knowing that he's son of Nazif Kara.
Çetin Tekindor Nazif Kara (Kibar) Father of Mahir, who has been convicted of a murder that he did not commit.
Yurdaer Okur Turgut "Yaver" Akın Prosecutor of Istanbul's court. He is also part of the contraband and smuggling mafia.
Funda Eryiğit Belgin Türe Smart woman who is part of the mafia.
Fatih Al Sosyete Yusuf One of the Istanbul's mafia.
Hüseyin Soyaslan Kütük Nail
Erkan Avcı Necdet Barut Güney A black sheep in Dalyan's Raza gang, who has been involved on attack on the new market. Brother of Osman. Necdet wants him to make a university graduate. He loves Ayten.
Melike İpek Yalova Ayten Alev Mahir's fiance'.
Rıza Kocaoğlu Yasin Kibrit Ulutaş Mahir's friend. Commissioner of Istanbul's police.
Elif Sönmez İlknur Tiryaki Mahir's sister.
Şebnem Dilligil Safiye Kara Mahir's step mother. Wife of Nazif Kara. Killed by Mehmet Saim.
Diren Polatoğulları İbrahim İbo Durak Necdet's boy. He attacked the new Market.
Çağdaş Tekelioğlu Azmi Employee of Nazif Kara in the shoe shop.
Atsız Karaduman Dalyan Rıza Best friend of Nazif. One of the heads of Mafia in Istanbul.
Leyla Lydia Tuğutlu Songül Kara Mahir's sister.
Cenan Çamyurdu Erdal Engin Lawyer of Kara family.
Aslı Orcan Serra Aşık Clerk of Istanbul court. Killed by Turgut.
Civan Canova Çetin Cağaloğlu Hünkaroğlu Part of mafia.
Lila Gürmen Kerime Şadoğlu Feride's Mother
Yıldız Kültür Kader/Nihan Altun Mahir's real mother. Killed by Turgut.
Kübra Balcan Mahperi Altun Mahir's step sister, daughter of Late Prosecutor Suleyman Yilmaz. Killed by Turgut.
Ataberk Mutlu Nazif Tiryaki, Jr. Mahir's nephew, son of Iknur & Bulent. He wants to be a brave guy just like his Uncle Mahir. Killed by Mehmet Saim.
Olgun Toker Melih Şadoğlu Feride's brother. He commits suicide.
İlkin Tüfekçi Bahar Çitlembik Dündar Feride's assistant. Mahir & Feride's friend. Deceased.
Erhan Yazıcıoğlu Mehmet Saim Beyefendi Şadoğlu Feride's father. He wants to be the prime minister of Turkey. He secretly heads a smuggling mafia, forbade Feride to stay away from Salih/Mahir.
Ulaş Tuna Astepe Orhan Kara Mahir's brother. He loves Nilay/Zehra, a girl of Berdan Viper.
Deniz Şen Hamzaoğlu Bülent Tiryaki Father of little Nazif. Ilknur husband.
Emir Çubukçu Osman Güney Necdet's brother.
Asu Ezgi Taşkıranoğlu Nurten Alev Ayten's sister
Mehmet Bozdoğan Yılan Berdan (Viper) He kills his enemy with snakes. Works for Turget & Necdet.
Ozan Ağaç İsmet Ertekin
Serkan Altıntaş Yalçın
Nihat Altınkaya Sinan Koca Cetin's son. Runs a newspaper agency.
Başay Okay Süreyya Hanım She runs a bawdy house.
Perihan Erener Nilay Berdan Viper's girl. She loves Orhan
Melih Çardak Guardian Serdar
Kadir Çermik Ahmet Geveze
Erol Erarslan Şiş Kazım
Oktay Gülbay Chief Prosecutor Süleyman Yılmaz Nihal Altun's latter husband. Father of Mah Pari. Killed by Turgut.

Awards[edit]

The major award (often dubbed as the Turkish Oscars), the Altın Kelebek (Golden Butterfly awards), Karadayi won it in 5 different categories. Karadayi also got nomination in International Emmy Awards, 2014. Along with the nominations of lead actors Kenan İmirzalıoğlu and Bergüzar Korel.[3]

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
Golden Butterfly Awards 2013[4] Best Drama Series Karadayi Won
Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
Best Directors Uluç Bayraktar & Cem Karci Won
Golden Butterfly Awards 2014[5] Best Scenario Eylem Canpolat & Sema Ergenekon Won
Turkey Radio Awards 2012 Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Ayakli Gazete Awards 2013 Best Drama Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Drama Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
Best Series Of The Year Karadayi Won
Best Directors Uluç Bayraktar & Cem Karci Won
Best Negative Role Actor Yurdaer Okur Won
Best Supporting Actor Rıza Kocaoğlu Won
Best Supporting Actress Melike Ipek Yalova Won
Magazine casusu 2013 Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
12. Magazinci.com Awards Best TV Series Karadayi Won
4th Antalaya Awards 2013 Best Actor Of The Year Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best TV Series of the Season Karadayi Won
Golden Lion Awards 2013 Best TV Series Karadayi Won
Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
MGD.Altın Objektif Ödül Töreni 2013 Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Golden Lion Awards Best Supporting Actor Rıza Kocaoğlu Won
Best Production Company Ay Yapim Won
Yerel Ve Bolgessel 2013 Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Engelsiz Yasam Vakfi 2013 Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Quality Awards 2013 Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
GQ Awards 2013 Man of the Year Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
RTGD - Medya Oscar Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
5.Ayaklı Gazete Awards Best Period Drama Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Period Drama Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
Best Period Drama Karadayi Won
Best Scenario Sema Ergenekon & Eylem Canpolat Won
Best Period Drama Supporting Actor Rıza Kocaoğlu Won
Best Period Drama Supporting Actress Melike Ipek Yalova Won
Best Directors Uluç Bayraktar & Cem Karci Won
MDG 21.Altın (Golden) Objektif Awards Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Best Actress Bergüzar Korel Won
Best TV Series Karadayi Won
Best Performance Funda Eryiğit Won
11. iletişim ödülleri İstanbul Aydın Üniversitesi Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Bilkent Television Best Actress Berguzar Korel Won
Halic University 2014 Berguzar Korel Won
Quality Magazine 2014 Berguzar Korel Won
Yildiz Tenik University 2014 Berguzar Korel Won
Yildiz Tenik University 2015 Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Bilkent Television Ödülleri Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Engelsiz Yasam Vakfi 2013 Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won
Mersin Altın Palmiye Ödülleri 2015 Best Actor Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Won

International broadcasters[edit]

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