Netflix’s Bihter (2023): A Modern Twist on Forbidden Love and Tragedy in Turkish Cinema

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BIHTER: A FORBIDDEN PASSION

Release: 2023-11-16Genre: DramaDuration: 113 minsBudget: $ 0
Overview

Amazon Original movie from Turkey unlocks a new perspective on Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil’s novel, Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love). Explore the love by diving into the thoughts of the heroine. Bihter sees marrying rich but elderly Adnan an escape from societies labels. However Bihter is engulfed by desires for Behlül, a relative of Adnan. Bihter is the story of passion, infidelity, courage, and cowardice.

BIHTER: A FORBIDDEN PASSION

Release: 2023-11-16Genre: DramaDuration: 113 minsBudget: $ 0
Overview

Amazon Original movie from Turkey unlocks a new perspective on Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil’s novel, Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love). Explore the love by diving into the thoughts of the heroine. Bihter sees marrying rich but elderly Adnan an escape from societies labels. However Bihter is engulfed by desires for Behlül, a relative of Adnan. Bihter is the story of passion, infidelity, courage, and cowardice.

Netflix’s latest release, “Bihter” (2023), takes viewers on a captivating journey through the forbidden and tragic love story of Bihter and Behlül. This Turkish romantic drama is a remake of the iconic series Aşk-ı Memnu (2008) and stars Farah Zeynep Abdullah and Boran Kuzum in the lead roles.

The film, produced by TAFF Pictures and directed by Mehmet Binay and Caner Alper, follows the tumultuous love affair between Bihter Yöreoglu (Farah Zeynep Abdullah) and Behlül Haznedar (Boran Kuzum). Set against the backdrop of late 19th-century Istanbul, the story unfolds as Bihter, trapped in an unhappy marriage, falls in love with her husband’s young nephew, Behlül. Their forbidden love becomes the central theme that defies societal and familial pressures, driving the plot forward with intense drama, passion, and tragedy.

The original Aşk-ı Memnu series (2008) played a pivotal role in the Turkish drama boom, gaining global recognition and paving the way for the popularity of Turkish dizi dramas in international markets. “Bihter” (2023) promises to reimagine and revive this legendary tale, exploring themes of forbidden love, duty, and the complexities of the human heart.

The film features a talented cast, with Farah Zeynep Abdullah taking on the challenging role of Bihter and Boran Kuzum portraying the charismatic Behlül Haznedar. The casting process involved auditions from notable actors like Furkan Andıç, Boran Kuzum, Halit Özgür Sarı, and Serkan Çayoğlu, with Boran Kuzum emerging as the best fit after a test shoot with Farah Zeynep Abdullah.

Scheduled to start filming on March 15, the Netflix original “Bihter” is expected to premiere by the end of the year. The film’s release is highly anticipated, as it brings a fresh perspective to the timeless tale of forbidden love, exploring the inner turmoil of its characters and the intricate dynamics of love and duty.

As fans eagerly await the release of “Bihter” on Netflix, the film promises to captivate audiences with its compelling characters, intense plot, and a modern take on one of Turkish TV drama’s most complex love stories.

Stay tuned for the release of “Bihter” on Netflix by the end of 2023, as it promises to be a heart-wrenching and memorable romantic drama that redefines the boundaries of passion and societal limitations.

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