After reviewing movies and books I am eager to write review of the famous T.V series of Turkey, Kara Para Ask starring  Engin Akyürek as Ömer Demir ,Tuba Büyüküstün as Elif Denizer, Erkan Can as Tayyar Dündar.

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The Story:

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, like 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.

Omer is eager to be involves in a homicidal case, so his dear friend Arda decides to take him on a recent report. The report features two unknown victims murdered in a car on the edge of a cliff. Once Arda and Omer arrive, Omer is devastated when he sees Sibel in the passengers seat, with a bullet through her head. Beside her is Elif’s father, also dead.

During her father’s funeral, Elif is threatened by a group of men who force her to reveal where the diamonds are. Elif then discovers her father was actually the thief of diamonds worth millions of dollars, and now that he is dead she must find them and deliver the diamonds to them. If she doesn’t, they will kill her family. She decides to keep this a secret from her family, because she doesn’t want to worry them.

When Elif’s little sister Nilufer goes off to study abroad, she and Elif are kidnapped and taken to a shack, where a psychopath named Metin asks them to reveal where the diamonds are. Obviously, Nilufer has no idea about the diamonds, but Fatih decides to keep Nilufer and use her to pressure Elif. Elif is knocked unconscious and taken into the forest, where Fatih explains he will keep Nilufer as his prisoner until Elif finds the diamonds, but if she contacts the police he will kill Nilufer.

As time progresses, Nilufer and Fatih fall into a complicated love and marry.

My Review

I watched the episodes, 1-54 on youTube, each 2 hours long. I would like to thank Anamara Shaikh channel for uploading the series with English subtitles so that viewer like me who doesn’t understand Turkish language can also enjoy the series. It took me almost a month to finish the series. I even watched two to three episodes in a day. The reason is obvious –  Engin Akyurek.

I first watched this handsome dark haired Turkish actor in Fatmagul T. V series. It wasn’t love at first sight of course but I fell in love with the character Karim he portrayed in the series and eventually became a fan of his. That’s the reason I picked up his series again after a gap of three years. And I wasn’t disappointed watching him in action as a Police Investigating officer in the series. But that’s about it.

“Kara Para Ask” meaning “Black Money Love” started with a crime scene which really kept me glued to my 4G smart phone. I watched episodes after episodes every day and it slowly drew me in towards the plot of the series. From just watching Engin Akyurek I started loving Omer Demir, the character played by Engin and Elif, the designer, played by Tuba Büyüküstün. I watched the mysteries unfold and the other characters taking shape in the story who were equally loveable. With each new episode the series promised me a new hunt and a bigger thrill and all of them equally balanced by love pairs, Omer – Elif, Fatih – Nilufer, Arda- Pelo, Merth – Demet. And equally powerful were the badies, Tyyar Dunnar played by Erkan Can and Huseyin played by Barak Tamdogan. Equally  fantastic were the supportive roles played by characters Mileke, Aunt Evan, Asli and Nedret. I loved the shades Nedret, played by Isil Yücesoy, portrayed in the series. From hair stylist to dress designer to set designer everybody here need an applause from me, the viewer.

But I want to rant about the writers of the series.

Oh come on man ! Where do you think you were steering the boat? You made me watch the whole series for nothing? I want to rant.

What started as an interesting crime thriller turned out to be a stupid illogical romance saga between two confused souls who can draw strength only by hugging each other. And that too in the middle of something very important. And that too from a police officer who leaves behind everything to run to his lady love? Oh come on. It’s pretty hard to digest.

After a certain period, the story had gone haywire. In one scene the actor is running after the clue like a mad man and the very next scene he is cooning his Ashqki to his lady love. The story shows the antagonist to be a very powerful rich man but his end was so naive. I really felt I missed so much. On top of that you left the main plot unattended. The justice to the crime was not done. It showed it was so easy to get away with crime and it was even easier to commit one. Every other person was doing a crime and that too for money or for family. Do you want me to believe this? The Istanbul police department was shown with so much glitches that it seemed the country was ruled by mafia rather than the peace loving citizens.

And the most important part, how can you ask someone to give up passion for love? How can love be so demanding? If all the policeman and armed forces personnel think like this or have a girlfriend or wife like the character Elif only God can save them. The story portrayed the character Elif as the most confused, poking and attention seeker in the story. Why couldn’t she handle her own problems in the proper way in the first place and who does she think she is?? I still could not understand why all the other person in the series was after her – Angel faced. I wish I got something after wasting so much time on internet. Tyyar Dunnar – why was everyone after his kidney I don’t know. Every time he was shot it was always his renal organ getting hurt. Was it very difficult to give him a decent death through the justice to show the evil eventually is brought down. Why were all the fathers in the series shown in bad light? Was there never an end to it. Introducing a character and then killing him or her for no reason doesn’t invoke any thrill. All the bad things can be overcome by love and justice but not love alone. You got to pay your price. Getting away with three murders is not done and neither is getting away with other crimes.

Every story has a beginning, middle and an end. And that’s how you plot your story. This series had a terrific beginning, a very confused middle and an out of the box ending.

Engin Akyurek you disappointed me as Omer Demir. Hope to see you in a  more substantial role next time.

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