The girl asked Atiye: “Tu kiye?”
“Who are you?”
We rarely ask ourselves this question, “Who am I?”
We think that yes, we know ourselves very well. But, we are wrong. To know yourself is not an easy task. You change. With each passing day, month, year, you change. We are constantly discovering something new about ourselves. Every year is filled with new experiences. From just one experience, you learn a lot. Whether it is a successful or bad experience, you learn. If you make a mistake, you learn. It is when you learn the most actually.
To live an experience - to face an obstacle - to fail - to learn, this is the cycle of life.
Yes, you change. You change to adapt to life’s circumstances. Circumstances that were made for you to learn, to discover yourself. Life’s experiences are the ones that shape you and make you the person you are. You are constantly learning, constantly discovering.
The more you experience, the more alive you feel.
- Katar Platformu Authors
Beren Saat is a very successful and talented actress. Not constantly on the screen, she chooses her roles very wisely. Lately, she took part in the second Netflix Turkey produced series. A story that caught everyone’s attention: Atiye The Gift.
Atiye is a painter. She builds her career around her passion for painting. Her art is known for a specific symbol, a symbol she never really knew its meaning. Since a young age, she draws it in different abstract paintings. One day, in Göbekli Tepe, the chef of Archaeology Department Erhan makes an interesting discovery. In one of the deepest places of the historical site, he finds the symbol sculpted on the wall (Atiye’s symbol). The news quickly spreads across the country. The fascinating discovery comes across Atiye, herself shocked by the news. She decides to go to Göbekli Tepe to check it out in person. Reaching the site, Atiye feels a strong connection with the entire area. On her way, she meets a little girl. The unknown character takes her around Göbekli Tepe undiscovered areas. Erhan finds out that Atiye is illegally entering the site, questions her and makes her leave the place. Erhan never sees that little girl.
After this visit, Atiye experiences a couple of strange events. Her family believe she has mental issues. As she begins the treatments, Erhan finds the areas Atiye mentioned in her last visit to the site. He decides to believe her and help her in this new journey. But what is this journey? We don’t know yet. However, one thing we are sure of is that, with each passing episode, Atiye makes a new discovery about herself. On their journey of discovery, Atiye and Erhan will face a lot of obstacles. We are not sure of their purpose yet.
We can’t wait for Season 2 to know more about Atiye’s life and the enemies she has to face on her journey of self-discovery!
Digital illustration by @one.line.drawing
The musical Alice, is a remake of the famous play Alice in wonderland. After various successful remakes in different cities of the world, Alice has finally landed in Istanbul!
The play stars Serenay Sarıkaya who embeds the character of "Alice", Ezgi Mola the "Red Queen" (Kraliçe), Şükrü Özyıldız as the "Mad Hatter" (Şapkacı), Enis Arikan the "White Rabbit" (Tavşan), Ibrahim Selim as the "Stayne - Knave of hearts" (Kral) and finally Merve Dizdar the "Cheshire Cat" (Kedi).
After month of preparations, the first show was brought to life on Thursday 7 of February at Zorlu Performans Sanatları Merkezi, in front of a huge crowd. The first show regrouped a big amount of celebrities that came to support the beginnings of the show and their co-actors friends. Some names that attended: Halit Ergenç and wife Bergüzar Korel, Bensu Soral and husband Hakan Baş, Onur Saylak, Öykü Karayel and husband Can Bonomo, Burcu Esmersoy, Kerem Bürsin, Ceyda Düvenci, and many more.
The play will be running at Zorlu PSM in Istanbul only and the tickets are now being sold on Biletix. Until now, tickets sold are for the months of February until June. They might open a new category for the upcoming moths (July and later) as well. So, all you have to do is keep an eye on @alicemuzikali Instagram page, as all the information are being uploaded their page.
Tickets are selling out so fast, so be quick! And I'd say you wouldn't like to miss it out. Why? Well, it's epic!
P.S: A second blogpost will be posted after we have watched the play (Can't wait!!!). So, in the meantime, if you had the chance to watch it, we would love to hear your feedback. Write it in the comment section below.
6 February 2019, actress Hazal Kaya & Director/Actor Ali Atay tied the knot in a magnificent wedding that took place at the heart of Istanbul in Fairmont Quasar Istanbul Hotel.
Hazal & Ali's wedding was beautifully organised. The venue was very tropical. It looked like a garden, full of colourful flowers. The walls and the dance floor were covered with printed floral materials. Also, continuing with the wedding's organisations, Hazal & Ali offered their guests a small goodie bag and thank them for taking part in the most beautiful day of their lives. Guess what was in the bag?! The most surprising and best part of this night is the donation the couple gave out to the organisation "Bir Can Bin Umut." The organisation takes care of children that suffer from a disease called Cerebral Palsy. So, instead of offering their guests chocolate/chocolate boxes, the couple replaced it with a small card (made of strong material) saying "Instead of giving you candies, we donated, on your name, money to the association Bir Can Bin Umut who takes care of children with cerebral palsy". How thoughtful of them!!!!
The wedding kicked off with the official ceremony. It was then followed by the couple's first dance. The song the newlyweds danced on is Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson, a favourite of Hazal Kaya! Later, the bride took a break and went to change her dress while everyone was enjoying great food, a nice ambiance and music by the musician Cihan Okan. Full stomachs, super energy, it's time to kick off the dance floor! All guests joined the couple on the dance floor and danced on so many traditional and new Turkish songs as well as international songs. (Few videos are posted below).
The wedding dress was designed by a very talented and popular Turkish designer, who is the best friend of Hazal: Özgür Masur. When Hazal was 17 years old, Özgür and her promised each other that, the day Hazal will get married, he will design the dress. And here they are 11 years later! The make up was done by the talented celebrity make-up artist Melis İlkkılıç. After the official ceremony and the couple's first dance, Hazal changed into a shorter dress, very fresh and sparkly, more appropriate to dance the night off.
Finally, let's have a look at the list of guests. Be prepared, it's legendary! First, we had a big number of Aşk-I Memnu' cast present: Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ & his wife Başak Dizer Tatlıtuğ - Selçuk Yöntem - Nur Fettahoğlu and her husband - Zerrin Tekindor - Baran Akbulut and the director Hilal Saral. Çağatay Ulusoy who was her co-actor in the series "Adını Feriha Koydum" was present as well, along side his girlfriend Duygu Sarışın. Ceyda Düvenci who played alongside Hazal in the series "Maral" was present with her husband Bülent Şakrak. And not to forget Bizim Hikaye's cast: Burak Deniz, Yağız Can Konyalı, Sahra Şaş, Mehmet Korhan Fırat and Mehmetcan Mincinözlü. Songül Öden, Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy very close friends of Hazal attended the wedding as well. Other famous names who attended: Sinem Mustafa Uslu and her husband, Erkan Kolçak Köstendil and his wife Cansu Tosun, Demet Evgar, Ebru Özkan, Murat Yıldırım and his wife Iman Elbani.
To conclude, it was a phenomenal night, an unforgettable wedding. And all we can do is wish this super warm-hearted, funny, living, talented couple a long life together. May they always be happy and healthy. From the Katar Platformu team, we wish you the best. Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! #hazalaliwedding
P.S: If you would like to know more about the wedding organisations (wedding planner, flower decorations and catering), leave a comment in the comment in the section below. We will make sure to provide these information for you!
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Fi is a series that stars six brilliant actors including Serenay Sarıkaya, Ozan Güven, Berrak Tüzünataç and Mehmet Günsür. It is one of the first series aired online (puhutv) and not on a TV Channel.
The series is about a psychologist that had a television show. He used to give sessions and cure people & popular stars on TV. When moving to his new house, Can (psychologist) met his neighbors: a couple Duru & Deniz. Duru was a professional dancer and Deniz was a music teacher and composer. Can fell in love with Duru.
The series is divided in two seasons. The first season, Can tried all possible ways to seperate Duru from Deniz. All what he wanted was Duru’s love. Indeed, the true identity of Can was revealed after he fell in love with the dancer. He wasn’t a psychologist but a psychopath himself!
A great journalist Özge found out everything about his past and was about to end his carreer after he ended hers. Özge’s life was very miserable. Can ended her carreer after she discovered the truth regarding his past life. She ended up working by herself to take her revenge from Can Manay. She was helped by a very rich man called Sadık Murat Kolhan. He was also a mafia man and knew all the secrets about Can’s life.
In the second season, Can & Duru became a couple and got married. A lot of actions happen as Duru, day after day, started to discover Can’s identity. Can was still crazy about Duru and would do anything for her to stay next to him. Özge was still trying to end Can’s life and put him in jail. Can had one support after the death of his only parent Eti. His support was his assistant Bilge.
Duru discovered everything and with the help of his old love Deniz, faced all difficulties.
Fi çi is a very deep series. Beautifully written scenario, the story is interesting and really catchy. I would recommend any of you to watch it: not boring, quick, no big drama and continuous actions.
Let me start by saying that the first Turkish series I have ever watched was Aşk-I Memnu. Let me also add that, to this date, Aşk-I Memnu is not the best series I have ever watched. However, the series will forever have a special place in my heart. Why? Because I have met the most talented actress on the planet. Well, when I watched her as Bihter, I was shocked by the special talent she had. She was so elegant, so classy, so strong. At that time, 8 years ago, when I was 11 years old, I fell in love with the strong woman Bihter was. After the last episode of Aşk-I Memnu, I have placed Beren Saat as my idol and role model in life.
Beren Saat, an international star. Aşk-I Memnu was indeed the debut of her career around the world. She became so popular because of this series that nowadays she is recognized by the Middle Eastern people as “Samar” (Bihter) or “Fatma” (Fatmagül). Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? is again one of her most popular series. After watching Beren as Fatmagül, I was convinced that this woman is the most talented actress I have ever came across. I started loving and respecting her much more. She played very difficult and sensitive scenes and managed to nail it! This woman overwhelmed me with her acting.
Beren Saat became a big part of my life. I started watching a lot of Turkish series. I became curious to know more about the Turkish culture and its language. I started randomly learning some Turkish words that I, funnily, used to translate on Google Translate. I couldn’t wait for her upcoming series and the successes she was going to achieve. I prepared myself in all the possible ways to any next project she was going to do. Then, eventually, Intikam was released. I tried to watch some episodes in Turkish where I pretended in front of my parents that I totally understand what they were saying. Well, obviously I wasn’t. I only knew basic, few words but I was so proud of this little knowledge that I had. I felt like these words, if I ever get the chance to meet Beren, would be enough to express myself. And she will be so proud to see one of her foreigner’s fan speak her language, even if its random words.
I always wondered: Is Beren one of those stars who fully supports her fans? It was 2013 back then. Instagram was one of the newest social media platforms. I had my private account and I thought “Sarah, why don’t you add a second one dedicated to your idol?”. And that’s what I did, June 2 2013, @BerenSaatIsMyIdol was created. Through this page, I would be sharing my love for Beren, I will be showing the world how much respect and admiration I have for this woman. I started sharing Intikam’s pictures. Indeed, the series was still airing during this time. Obviously, I loved the character she was playing. Well, the two characters actually: Yağmur & Derin.
Days after days, I started gaining more followers. I honestly was never aiming for followers. All I wanted is to share Beren’s talent as far as I could. This obviously needed followers but I never did put effort on gaining them. However, all the effort that I have put was on the content I used to share. Maybe this was a wrong strategy. Maybe if I promoted myself better I would have reached a huge number of followers now, after 5 years. I am at 24K to date, which is comparatively less to any other account that have opened way later after me. But you know what? I am so proud of this number of followers that I have reached and I send much love and respect to them.
When I first opened this page, Beren wasn’t on Instagram yet. If I am not mistaken, she was one of the latest Turkish stars to create a page to herself. When she went online, 24th of April 2014, this was probably the best day of my life. I was now able to communicate with her, to share my love and she was finally able to see it. I was now able to know how much Beren is supportive to her fans. And let me tell you something, surprisingly, I would have never imagined her to be that supportive. I was overwhelmed by the love and support she shows to her fans. Indeed, few months later, on the 22nd of July 2014, Beren followed me. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe that she will be seeing all my posts on her feed. What a day it was! I started paying more and more attention to the content I share and, on the 31st of December 2014, on New Year’s Eve, another amazing surprise happened. That day I woke up and I find out that Beren has reposted my picture. She also added in the caption: “Thanks @berensaatismyidol happy new year.” Words can’t express that feeling. The feeling of a fan being noticed by her idol, the feeling of a teenager seeing an appreciation post to her work, from her idol! It was a dream. The best gift I could ask for. I entered the year 2015 with so much love and happiness in my heart. I was super excited for all the upcoming work I will be sharing on my account.
Unfortunately, few days later, 6th of January 2015, Beren unfollows me. I was heartbroken. I was so angry towards her. All I wanted is close my page and stop everything. Luckily, I had made amazing friends via this account, they were here for me and supported me to the maximum. After all, this page was my other half, I couldn’t close it that easily. @BerenSaatIsMyIdol continued running. Later, I had realised that the big number of posts I used to share per day were the reason behind the unfollow and I totally respect her decision as a star.
So, this is my story with Beren. A personal story that means a lot to me. All the roles she has played are very special to my heart. My favorite? It’s definitely Ela in Benim Düyam.
I have achieved almost all of my goals. I got the chance to see her at the Murex D’Or 2016 in Beirut but never talked to her. The last wish on my list is to one day meet her and have a small chat with her about her carrier, her achievements, etc.
What a woman! The prettiest, the sweetest, the kindest, the most talented, the funniest, the strongest, the closest to her fans. For the world, she is one of the most talented actresses and a woman that made Turkey known worldwide. For her fans and family, not only she is an icon but also a woman of a kind. She is a special woman by her big heart, her smart brain, her love for others and her support to others. I am so proud to be one of your fans and I will forever be. To an icon in this world, to my inspiration in life, to my role model, to my big sister and favourite woman, to the woman you have become, to the woman you will be, cheers to many more!
P.S: My page is running as @OBerenSaat. "She is Beren Saat"
In this episode of Çukur, Sultan Anne is furious. She can't stand the fact that she is paralysed. All she wants is take her revenge and the revenge of her son from Medet and Vartolu. She orders to kill Medet but Selim arrives at the last minute and save him. Selim says very strong words to his mother. Sultan Anne, and after realising she has no choice, decides to call her eldest son Cumali and tell him to take Koçovalı's revenge.
Idris went to return Medet to Vartolu. Surprisingly, he finds out a lot of Çukur's men at Vartolu's house. He is furious and went back home. He goes crazy on Selim, who was actually responsible of all these men. Selim, extremely angry leaves the house to go see Nazım. However, he doesn't mention that he will be joining their team.
Vartolu, with the help of Emrah, joins all Çukur's men and plans a very strong attack against Idris and his family. He goes crazy after he heard that Saadet is getting married. He wants this plan to be executed as soon as possible: burn the biggest weapons storage of Çukur.
Yamaç meets Emrah. At the store, the ex-police man tells Yamaç very weird stories about Sena. Yamaç was shocked and went to ask Sena's mother, who also confuses him with her words. Yamaç realises that Sena wasn't sleeping at her mother's house the day before and went to find her.
Sena went to see her old lover after he was injured. The guy is a drogue dealer and has a big problem with the mafia. He asks Sena to help him. Sena went to ask Vartolu for help but he refuses. One of Saadettin's man, under the control of Emrah, helps her. She went to save her ex-boyfriend but she actually enters into deeper problems.
Those were the highlights of this episode. As for next Monday, what will happen to Yamaç after entering the burning place? Will Sena be able to save herself from the problems she is surrounded with? Will Selim join Nazım's clan? Will Saadet get engaged?
This episode of Çukur included very sentimental scenes, family scenes.
Sultan Anne had a successful operation but unfortunately she was paralysed. However, the doctors said she might walk again. When she was coming out of the hospital, Çukur's people were waiting for her. On the streets, everyone was screaming: "Çukur evimiz, Sultan anamız!" They were all so happy for her recovery.
On the other hand, she was really angry about her situation. She said really harsh words to her husband and son. Sultan Anne wants absolutely her revenge from Medet!
Indeed, at night Yamaç caught Medet and brought him to his mother. Will she order to execute him?
It is Karaca's 18th birthday! Sena enjoyed a lovely day with her and Akşın. In one of the shops, she met her brother Emrah, who told her confusing and scaring words about Yamaç. At night, the entire family celebrated Karaca's birthday.
Salih or Vartolu Saadettin started producing drugs again. Also, he made a really dirty plan with Nazım Bey to destroy Çukur. Everything is going as they planned for it. Emrah is helping them. As they desired, Çukur started falling apart. The question that everyone is asking now: Will Selim join them and help them destroy his own family?
Kiralık Aşk is one of the best comedy Turkish series. It was aired on Star TV from June 2015 till January 2017. It was divided in two seasons. The series received really high ratings. The twist the scenario presented caught everyone's attention and this is clearly why it gain all this popularity.
Kiralık Aşk was aired every Friday. I think it is a very well placed date since everyone would be home after a long hectic week at work. People would definitely want to watch something light and funny, and guess what? Kiralık Aşk is the solution!
The story is mainly about a poor girl Defne that needs money to save her brother from mafia. After getting in touch with Neriman (Ömer, a famous shoe designer's aunt), she decided to enter the job as Ömer's assistant. This wasn't only her job but she also had to let him fall in love with her. The struggle was real as she had to face the differences between her and the rich man. To found out more, you will have to watch it!
Kiralık Aşk is a love story between a couple: Defne & Ömer. A couple that I really appreciated. Their bond was really cute and their extreme different characters made them so special. Not only DefÖm (Defne & Ömer) had a strong bond, but I can say each and every single actor in the series had a special bond with someone: Koriş&Nero, Isso&Defne, Koriş&Ömer&Sinan, Nero&Necmi, Serdar&Nihan, Ömer&Sinan, ... I swear every single one in the series had a special bond with the other and this is by far my favourite part in the entire series.
For Comedy / Romance lovers, I highly highly recommend you to watch this series. You will thank me later ;)
Çukur's 24th episode was entitled "alla beni pulla beni". It is a Turkish song by Barış Manço. In this episode, "Sutlan Anne" was shot by Medet, "Vartolu en güvendi adam". The shot happened when he tried to take the gun from Nedret's hand, while she was trying to kill Vartolu.
The episode's location is mainly in the hospital, where the entire family is waiting to hear some good news about their mother. Also, Çukur's people are very angry towards Medet and went with Muhyedin to take him from home and punish him on all the mistakes he has done so far. Vartolu tries to protect his man when Yamaç interferes and asks Vartolu to take Medet and go away.
In the hospital, Yamaç acts very strangly with Sena. Yamaç finally faces her and asks her why she has lied on him concerning her brother Emrah. She ends up telling him everything.
On the other hand, Saadet feels the guilt after all these events and decide to leave the house and Çukur. She spends a beautiful day with Salih. But the dream came to an end, Idris Baba comes to pick her up.
In the last scenes, Sultan Anne wakes up. However, she doesn't feel her legs which means she might be semi paralysed and not be able to walk again. Also, Vartolu is very angry towards his dad and Çukur's people. He regroups his man and says: "it's time to show Çukur who we really are". The conflict is about to start again.
"I spent most of my days inside because of this series: from the 31st of July, till the 21st of August 2017. 20 days. 20 days of so many excitements, actions, stress, love … My review on #İçerde will be very personal and subjective. The story that the scenario presents is very sensitive. Since I was a little kid, I would always dream of building an orphanage. In that dream, I would collect all the poor kids from the streets and put them in one safe place, where they will learn and embrace their passions. İçerde's entire story is about a kid "Umut" that was kidnapped by the mafia and had to work in the streets and collect money. After years, his big brother went back to search for him. He became part of the mafia just to save his brother and bring him back home.
Umut is a very lonely guy. He struggled a lot in his life, he faced many difficulties. Despite being loved by Eylem and Füsun Teyze and despite being part of Celal's family, he was still lonely. He didn't belong to any of them. All what he ever dreamt of is to find his own family, and live with them, forever. I had so much compassion to this human being. Through him, I clearly understood how important family is. I understood that the love your family gives you is not comparable to any kind of love. It is special, unconditional, unique. A kind of love that gives you strength, happiness, well... everything.
Family is everything. Family comes first, always. This is the message İçerde transmits to us, the biggest lesson of the series. Wherever you look, you will find family: Yusuf Müdür's family, Celal's family and of course Füsun's family. The last scene is absolutely amazing. Despite the fact that Umut is in prison (well sorry I spoiled you here), you can clearly see the happiness he is living. Not only his happiness, but his entire family's! Umut might be in prison, he might not be with them every day, but he is there! and they are here for him, no matter what! This is family!
If you are a person that loves action / thriller series, then you will really enjoy İçerde. Don't forget to take a deeper look to the message the series transmits, it will profoundly touch you.