A little intro
We have established the fact here that Turkish dramas are too long and take a lot of commitment and patience to watch. That does not diminish the entertainment quotient, though.
I started watching a romantic comedy İlişki Durumu: Karışık. I was watching the ones that aired in Pakistan with Urdu dubbing. There are only 33 episodes available on YouTube, which is roughly 17 Bolums of Turkish series. The episodes are not available with English subtitles, yet.
Thanks to auto-play, the next video, also a Turkish series played and caught my attention. I was so smitten by Omer that
I binge-watched around 25 episodes and did not even stop to take notes. Two years later, I suddenly remember to review the series. How time flies, huh?
TV Series: Kiralik Ask
English Title: Rental Love
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Barış Arduç as Ömer İplikçi
The protagonist, the hero of our story. He runs a shoe company and is a prodigy. His designs are to die for, his abs are to die for because we see plenty of it in every episode. Haha!
Nergis Kumbasar as Neriman İplikçi
Omer’s aunt. Greedy, plotting, evil and yet provided comic relief at times. She wants Omer to get married, get the inheritance, so she could lead a good life. Mean woman!
Levent Ülgen as Necmi İplikçi
Omer’s uncle. He is not as bad as Neriman, but he doens’t do much to stop his wife, either.
Melisa Şenolsun as Sude İplikçi
Ferdi Merter as Hulusi İplikçi
Elçin Sangu as Defne Topal
Our heroine, the good girl who is doing everything in her power to keep her family afloat. Literally everything. She even accepts an offer to marry Omer just so she gets enough money to repay her brother’s debts.
Hikmet Körmükçü as Türkan Topal
Melisa Giz Cengiz as Esra Topal
Defne’s younger sister
Osman Akça as Serdar Topal
Defne’s older brother. He is not in good company and is indebted to some goons. It is not a small amount. 200,000 liras. Now, the goons are after him and Defne has promised to repay the debt. Poor girl!
Sanem Yeles as Nihan Topal
Defne’s neighbour and friend. Later, Serdar’s girlfriend.
Kerem Fırtına as Iso/İsmail
Defne’s neighbour and good friend. He is a big help when Defne is dealing with her brother’s debt. He also liked Nihan initially, but later hooks up with Yasmeen.
Salih Bademci as Sinan Karakaya
Omer’s partner, best friend, best buddy… A flirt by nature… He likes Yasemin but later develops feelings for Defne. Who wouldn’t? Everyone must fall in love with our heroine.
Sinem Öztürk as Yasemin Kayalar
Head designer at the company. She has a thing for Omer, and hates that Koray is after her. Later, when Koray pursues Defne, she changes her stance. She ends up with Ismail, though.
Onur Büyüktopçu as Koray Sargın
The effiminate photographer… He is very close to Neriman and often works for her.
Müjde Uzman – Seda Berensel
Seçkin Özdemir – Pamir Marden
Ayberk Atilla as Sadri Usta
Devrim Yalçın as Deniz Tranba (guest)
Elifcan Ongurlar as Fikret Gallo (guest)
Ismail Karagöz as Şükrü
Hande Ağaoğlu as Mine
Ragıp Gülen as Zübeyir Taşçalan
Selin Uzal as Derya
Simge Doğanlar as Ece
Bariş Murat Yagci as Eymen
Natiq M. Dhahir as abo Alhawashim