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KARA SEVDA (BLACK LOVE) SUMMARY AND EPISODE 1

A striking story and a fairytale of love with powerful acting directed by Hilal Saral and produced by Kerem Çatay. A story full of the impossibilities and miracles of Nihan Sezin, who was born into a magnificent life that she doesn`t feel to belong to, and Kemal Soydere who is the son and the only hope of a poor family. Nihan is a young girl who is forced to give up her love for the sake of her family. She met Kemal in 2010 and when Nihan`s brother Ozan killed a woman, Nihan had to marry Emir, who was in love with her and promised to conceal this event. Nihan`s life changes in one night. 5 years later Nihan and Kemal meet and are obviously still in love with each other. However, they can’t be together because she is married to the psychopath Emir Kozcuoğlu who has no limits with doing whatever he wants. It became a love triangle with drama and mystery, secrets and plenty of love affairs.

Cast: Burak Özçivit (Kemal Soydere), Neslihan Atagül (Nihan Sezin), Kaan Urgancıoğlu (Emir Kozcuoğlu), Zerrin Tekindor (Leyla), Hazal Filiz Küçükköse (Zeynep), Barış Alpaykut (Ozan), Rüzgar Aksoy (Tarık), Melisa Aslı Pamuk (Asu), Orhan Güner (Hüseyin), Neşe Baykent (Vildan), Zeyno Eracar (Fehime), Burak Sergen (Galip), Kürşat Alnıaçık (Önder).

Hilal Saral (Director)

Hilal Saral was born on January 1st, 1971. Her mother was a cinema lover and when she was pregnant she used to watch movies starring Türkan Şoray, and she her daughter named “Hilal” because she liked Türkan Şoray`s Hilal character very much. Hilal Saral worked as a photographer for 2 months in summer vacation in high school years. She first started working as an assistant with the famous director Behlül Dal, who was her father’s relative. She started directing in 1998 with “Aynalı Tahir” (Aynali Tahir). Among famous TV shows directed by Hilal Saral are: “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love), “Kurt Seyit ve Şura” (Kurt Seyit and Shura), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei Gunei), “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (Innocent Fatmagul), “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love). In 2009 she received the Best TV Show prize at Altın Kelebek Ödülleri for the TV show “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love).  Hilal Saral has been married to Murat Ünalan since 2004. There is no information about their children.

 Kerem Çatay (Producer)

Kerem Çatay was born on November 30th, 1979 in Ankara, Turkey. His father, Ekrem Çatay is a director, his mother`s name is Nedret Çatay. It can be said that his father has an effect on his choice on his profession. He studied at the University of Bilkent at the Faculty of Economics, received a master’s degree. Then he continued his studies in Los Angeles at the University of California (UCLA) at the Faculty of Film and Television. At the age of 25 he founded a television company together with his father. Now Kerem Çatay is CEO of “Ay Yapım” film company, which cooperates with such well-known actors as Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Zerrin Tekindor, Çağatay Ulusoy. At the moment Kerem Çatay is the most titled producer of TV show in Turkey. He is known as the producer of countless phenomenally successful TV show, from 2008’s ground-breaking “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love) to “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). His most famous TV shows are “Dudaktan Kalbe” (From Lips to Soul), “Ezel” (Ezel), “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (Innocent Fatmagul), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei and Gunei), “Medcezir” (Medcezir), “İçerde” (Behind Bars), “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). Total number of films is 29 (2004 – 2016). His works include many TV shows that have phenomenal success not only in Turkey, but also in other countries of the world. Nearly all of Çatay’s productions have been sold in at least 41 countries. Çatay’s productions are renowned for their well-crafted, captivating stories based on both original screenplays and literary adaptations. People of Turkey really like his projects and several of them get attention from other countries. For example, the rights of scenario of “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love) bought and reshot as “Pasion Prohibida” by a production company from USA. Also the show “Ezel” won Special Prize in 2012, the show “Medcezir” won Silver Bird prize in 2014 at Seoul International Drama Awards. In October 2010, Kerem Çatay married Beril Göker – the daughter of the owner of “Beril HSG İnşaat”. The wedding was tremendous, there were 520 guests attending, many of whom were famous Turkish actors and actresses. Kerem-Beril couple has 2 sons. Kerem Çatay named his younger son Kuzey (the character from the TV show “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei Gunei)). He is now producing “Bu şehir arkadan gelecek” (This city will come after you) TV show.

Burak Özçivit

Burak Özçivit is one of the famous and most handsome actors of the modern Turkish cinema. He was born on December 24th, 1984 in Istanbul. He has graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the Marmara University. In 2003, Burak was elected the Top Model of Turkey and he began working with Model Agencies. In 2005, he became the 2nd Best Model of the World and he took part in the most important fashion shows throughout the world. Then, he began his acting career with the TV show “Eksi 18” (Minus 18). Later he appeared in TV shows such as: “Zoraki Koca” (Forced Husband), “İhanet” (Betrayal) and “Baba Ocağı” (Home Sweet Home). Then Burak Özçivit got a role in the movie “Musallat” (Infested). He starred in “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century) as Malkoçoğlu Balı Bey (seasons 2 & 3) during which he wore a moustache. The famous actor is one of the most wanted faces for commercials. Burak Özçivit also owns BRK’S Production. His private life is not less interesting than his career. He met his love, actress Fahriye Evcen while shooting the TV show “Çalıkuşu”. He played Kamran in the adaptation of “Çalıkuşu” novel. Their relationship drew even more attention to the TV show. Later Burak Özçivit and  Fahriye Evcen appeared the movie “Aşk Sana Benzer” (Love Resembles You) together. There were rumors that the young people dating since 2015 finally got engaged on December 24th, 2016. But that was just a proposal on Burak`s birthday party. They got engaged on March 8, 2017 in Solingen, Germany where Fahriye`s family live. He has a sister – Burçun Özçivit. His father`s name is Bülent, and his mother`s name is Ceyhan. His favorite color is black, lucky number is 7. He likes to eat kebap and midye dolma. He is the fan of “Fenerbahçe” football club. Burak Özçivit currently stars in the Seoul Drama Award winning TV series “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love) as Kemal Soydere. For this role he became Best Actor at Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards in 2016.

Neslihan Atagül

Neslihan Atagül, despite being young, is one of the best actresses of Turkey. She was born on August 20th, 1992 in Istanbul to a family of bus driver Yaşar Şener Atagül. Her father was Cherkes, and her mother is Russian. Neslihan`s father married for the second time after divorcing and Neslihan has 2 stepbrothers. Her father died in 2016. Neslihan Atagül wanted to become an actress since she was 8 years old. When she was 13, her mother took her to one of the agencies and she got her first experience in a commercial. She later rose to act in the cinema movie “İlk Aşk” (First Love). Neslihan`s acting debut in the television series was “Yaprak Dökümü” (Fall of the Leaves). She later starred in the movies “Araf”, “Senden Bana Kalan” (All is Left by You), the TV shows “Canım Babam” (My Beloved Dad), “Fatih Harbiye” (Fatih Harbiye). The latter played a significant role in her life, as she met the love of her life – co-star Kadir Doğulu. After 2 years of dating, the beautiful couple got engaged on November 26th, 2015. They got married on July 8th, 2016. Neslihan loves to travel. She enjoys playing volleyball, swimming, reading, watching movies and horseback riding. She studies at the Theater Department of the Yeditepe University. In 2007 and 2012 she was chosen Best Young Actress in “Altin Koza Film Festivali”. In 2012, she was chosen as Best Actress of the Year by “Tokyo Uluslararasi Film Festivali”. At present she portrays the character Nihan Sezin at the TV show “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love).

Kaan Urgancıoğlu

Kaan Urgancıoğlu is considered one of the most handsome actors of Turkey. He was born on May 8th, 1981 in Izmir. He studied at the Private Turkish College and at the American College. He played a leading role in the TV shows “Karaoğlan” (Karaoghlan) and “Kampüsistan” (Campusland). While filming in the series “Azap Yolu” (Cursed Road), he simultaneously studied at the Faculty of Economics. He graduated in 2007. To improve his acting skills, Kaan Urgancıoğlu went to New York in 2008. Here he began attending acting courses at the Stella Adler studio. Later, the actor received a master’s degree at Kadir Has University. Kaan also acted in some movies. For example: “İlk Aşk” (First Love), “Büşra” (Bushra), “Son Ders: Aşk ve Üniversite” (Final Lesson: Love and University) and so on. At present he is playing Emir Kozcuoğlu in the “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). Thanks to this role, Kaan Urgancıoğlu is now one of the most sought-after actors in Turkey. Kaan has a brother – Can Urgancıoğlu. Kaan loves travelling. He often shares photos of leisure on his social network accounts. It is known from the actor`s personal life that his girlfriends were actresses Berrak Tüzünataç, Azra Akın and Derin Mermerci. He has been dating Zeynep Oymak nearly 2 years. Rumors say that the couple is going to marry soon.

Zerrin Tekindor

Zerrin Tekindor is a Turkish actress and painter. She was born on August 5th, 1964 in Burhaniye. She graduated from the Theater Department at Hacettepe University State Conservatory. After graduation she worked at the Adana State Theatre and Ankara State Theatre for years. She performed in numerous plays such as: “Çamaşırhane” (Laundry), “Ferhat ve Şirin” (Ferhad and Shirin), “Dünyanın Ortasında Bir Yer” (A Place in the Middle of the Earth). In 2003 she moved to Istanbul to work at the Istanbul State Theatre. She won an Afife Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in Comedy. Besides her theatre career, Zerrin Tekindor also studied painting as a special student at the Bilkent University School of Fine Arts between 1990-1994. She acted in TV shows such as: “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love), “Yaprak Dökümü” (Fall of the Leaves), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei Gunei), “Kurt Seyit ve Şura” (Kurt Seyit and Shura), and movies such as: “Pek Yakında” (Coming Soon), “İkimizin Yerine” (For Both of Us), “Kırık Kalpler Bankası” (Bank of Broken Hearts). At present she plays the role of Leyla Acemzade at the TV show “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). Zerrin`s actress career has an impact on her paintings. She mainly paints the heroes of many plays she acted in. Since 1994, she has held 9 personal exhibitions. Zerrin Tekindor and actor Çetin Tekindor married and divorced twice and they have a son named Hira. They are friends now and their friendship is admirable. When Zerrin and her boyfriend needed help about their house Çetin were there for them. Also they lived London for a while for their sons’ education.

Hazal Filiz Küçükköse

Hazal Filiz Küçükköse is a beautiful Turkish actress. She was born on February 9th, 1988 in Mersin, Turkey. She got her high school education in Ankara. Küçükköse, who studied at the Department of Biology at the Science and Literature Faculty of the Kırıkkale University until the third semester, is now continuing her undergraduate studies at the Department of Chemistry of the Science Faculty at the Ankara University. She also continues to take private acting classes. Hazal Filiz Küçükköse has acted in TV shows such as: “Deniz Yıldızı” (Starfish), “Beni Affet” (Forgive me), “Kalbim Seni Seçti” (My Heart Chose You), “Günahkar” (Guilty). She has been giving life to Zeynep Soydere character in “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love) TV show since 2015. Hazal is married to Tuan Tuanalı since 2014. The couple met in 2009 at the film set. Hazal Filiz Küçükköse has a twin sister – Deniz Küçükköse. Both sisters like theater, cinema, music and taking photos.

Barış Alpaykut

Barış Alpaykut is a Turkish actor most known for this role Ozan Sezin in the drama “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). Barış Alpaykut was born on July 20th, 1987. He was born and raised in Istanbul. His family always supported him in his decision to become an actor. He graduated from Istanbul University. After getting acting and theater education, Alpaykut started his acting career first by appearing in commercials. He made his acting debut in 2010 the TV series “Bir Zamanlar Osmanlı” (Once Upon a Time in Ottoman). The young actor also acted in such TV shows as: “Sakarya Fırat”, “Kurt Seyit ve Şura”, and “Medcezir”. But “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love) brought him true fame. In this TV show he stars with Neslihan Atagül and Burak Özçivit. Alpaykut, who has been specializing in Japanese martial arts in a private educational institution in Turkey for 15 years, is also one of the few foreign students of the private samurai school of 600 years in Japan. “I want to draw attention to the fact that the art of war is not to be confused with kick boxing, boxing or ring fighting.” – Barış Alpaykut says. His hobbies are swimming, football, fitness, aikido, judo, horseback riding and salsa. One of the beloved actors of young Turkish girls is single and has no girlfriend. One of the interviews he said he would like to try himself in cinema as well. Let`s wish him good luck.

Rüzgar Aksoy

Rüzgar Aksoy is a Turkish actor and voice actor. He was born on January 1st, 1981 in Mersin. His family later moved to Istanbul. Rüzgar is a graduate of the Haliç University Conservatory. Between 2008 and 2010 he acted at the TV show “Adanalı”. He is currently bringing life to the character Tarık at the TV show “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). He also stars in movies such as “Annem Uyurken” (While Mom Is Sleeping), “Karakol” (Police Station), “Türkan” (Turkan). He is not married and claims he has no girlfriend. But in 2016 he was seen with the actress Çağla Demir, who plays Tarık`s wife Banu at the TV show “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). Rumors said that the couple on the screen is now a couple in real life. Rüzgar Aksoy has a dog named Bucky. The actor says he once had a cat, and keeping an Akita Inu dog as a pet is something different. “Bucky makes me feel how amazing to adopt a child could be” – Aksoy said in an interview.

Melisa Aslı Pamuk

Melisa Aslı Pamuk is a Dutch-Turkish actress and model. She was born on April 14th, 1991 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. She began modelling when she was just 14. She enrolled on a Psychology degree at University of Amsterdam but abandoned it later das she wanted to start her modelling career. Melisa won the title of “Best Promising” in Best Model of Turkey 2009. She also won the title of Miss Turkey 2011. As the representative of Turkey, she competed in Miss Universe 2011 in Brazil but was not lucky. Her height is 176 cm, body shape is 85-62-90. Melisa is fluent in Turkish, English, Dutch and German and speaks a bit of French. She acted in a Dutch movie “Dat zit wel snor” as Hayal. Melisa also played the role of Gülgün in the movie “Köpek” (Dog) and in the movie “G.D.O. BlackCat”. Her boyfriend`s name is Tolga Sala. They have been dating since 2015. Melisa`s father is Kadir Pamuk. Her family lives in the Netherlands.

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