Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love) which is usually humorously called as Seks-i Memnu (Forbidden Sex) had its final episode on Thursday night.
The final of the series was a complete tragedy as expected. The protagonist Bihter who plays the woman who fell in love with Behlül committed suicide because of feeling miserable, helpless and guilty while Behlül was at the beginning of a new marriage with his other relative Nihal, who is the daughter of Bihter’s husband.
This series didn’t attract me any time and after many ‘why Aşk-ı Memnu is being watched that much?’ discussions, I still couldn’t find a valid reason find this series desirable.
But I am aware of the fact that, this series reproduces the stereotypes of the man who is safe in forbidden love while the woman become the scapegoat of that unethical situation.
The story was adapted from a novel written in 1925 by Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil and was thematically similar to the original text but it has differentiated itself from the original with the life style details and become a different story apart from the Bihter’s suicide in the end.
I believe it wasn’t vital to kill Bihter in the end. It could be a little more creative and surprising and less tragic.
Even though many of the pieces of art get stronger with reconciling love, sex and death; the conclusion could be different. So that this would at least not stimulate people’s reflexes to impose the all guilt on women.
Instead, the Casanova was popular among all women in the whole series while the woman was dead in the end.
Tthe last scene showed Behlül crying near his lover Bihter while recounting his ‘sins, which seemed like a typical confession. However, many people cried at that scene assuming he showed his love and regret together. He finished his lines with telling ‘Behlül again escapes’ as a symbol of his cowardice and imprudence.
Also after this last scene, the character’s future is showed. Nihal- the young girl who loves Behlül- was in depression while Bihter’s mother was paralyzed. Simultaneously, cheated but proud husband Adnan was trying to cheer Nihal up which creates a weird situation. Here, again we see the strong man prototype while all women lose themselves except “Matmazel” who was presented as a patient, honest, fair ‘lady’ in whole story.
So who got the better at the end of the story?
Maybe Bihter… She was saved from the disgrace in a way…
Probably Adnan…. He still stays calms and mentally healthy after all…
And of course Behlül who was the big reason of whole tragedy even if he cried at the end of the story.
and a comment from our Prof. Aslı Tunç:
en.habervesaire.comMy mother at the other end of the phone lowered her voice as if she was sharing a secret: “I am watching Aşk-ı Memnu’s last episode on the Internet.” I thought this popular culture craze was over the other night. But apparently being in Canada for a family visit and 7-hour time difference had not pr