A Turkish romantic comedy starring Can Yaman and Açelya Topaloğlu in the lead roles of Yalın and Defne (respectively), İnadına Aşk (meaning Love out of Spite) catapulted Yaman to fame in 2015. There is a reason why Yaman became famous after this show.
Though the English title of the show is Love out of Spite, as far as I could understand the Turkish language, here İnadına means stubbornness.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
The story follows Defne and Yalın as they gradually fall in love after disliking each other initially. Defne, after graduating from a renowned university in Tukey, is going to start working for Arass Technology. But, she is late on the first day because her brother finds her dress too revealing. Forced to wear a dress according to her brother’s tastes, she brings along her other dress and changes secretly in the parking lot of the company. There she chances upon Yalın who she assumes to be one of the company staff. Yalın is in fact the CEO of Arass Technology but he does not disclose it. He makes fun of Defne. Why? I won’t tell you. Watch the first episode. You will know yourself. FYI, the sizzling chemistry between Can and Açelya starts from the first episode itself. Watch the show to share their journey of love.
It’s a light-hearted show (which romantic comedy isn’t?) with dollops of rib-tickling humor and (no guesses!) sweet romance. Yaman, as the stubborn, spoilt, rich guy with a heart of gold and Topaloğlu, as the sweet, sassy, smart, honest and rich girl who chatters incessantly, do full justice to their roles.
After watching Erkenci Kuş, the Turkish romantic comedy that has won the hearts of millions worldwide, I couldn’t stop myself from watching other shows of Can Yaman. (Yaman is the male lead of Erkenci Kuş). So, Dolunay (meaning Full Moon), starring Can Yaman and Özge Gürel in the lead roles, was my next stop. The series is also called as Bitter Sweet.
Dolunay revolves around Nazlı (Özge Gürel), an amateur cook and Ferit Aslan (Can Yaman), a young, successful, handsome, and organized businessman. Nazlı needs a job immediately to pay the rent of her apartment that she shares with her sister and her best friend. She accepts the proposal to work in Ferit’s house as his private cook upon her professor’s recommendation.
At the same time, she meets Deniz, whom Ferit treats as his younger brother, and becomes fast friends with him. Deniz soon falls in love with Nazlı, but she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. The relationship between these three gets even more complicated after Ferit proceeds to take custody of his nephew, Bulut, following his parents’ death. This is obstructed by Bulut’s aunt, Demet and her husband, Hakan who simply want to exploit the child for their nefarious gains.
When good stories end, they leave you wanting for more.
That was the case with me after I finished watching Aşk Laftan Anlamaz, a 2016 Turkish drama serial (broadcasted on Show TV and comprising of 31 episodes each 2 hours long). Weeks after, I am still experiencing withdrawal syndrome.