Mommy’s little princess, Daddy’s sweetheart, her toys’ best friend, a rosebud that her grandmother deems worthy of Queen Elizabeth’s son, and Turkey’s big sister Perran Kutman…
Born in Istanbul, in 1949. She had a lonely childhood. A star who was raised in the bosom of her grandmother… Kutman’s discovered her ability to do impressions during her longtime friendship with toys, and she later studied at the conservatoire and set her heart on theater. She made her stage debut in 1967 at Ulvi Uraz Theater. In her own words, she learned to respect the wooden stage from her teacher Ulvi Uraz. She pursued her acting career in Nevra Serezli theater company during 1969, and in Sezer Sezin’s theater company during 1973. She found the love of her life in 1980, while working with Müjdat Gezen. Perran Kutman ended her theater career with Artists’ School in 1987 and set her heart on Yeşilçam. She began her film career in 1971 with My Mother-in-law Is On Vacation, co-starring Müjdat Gezen. She drew attention with her performance in From The Village To The City, The Stupid Millionaire, and The Chaos Class. But Girgiriye was a true milestone for her, which would later become a film series. Her character Sabayat has become a part of our lives now. She won the public’s heart with her impeccable comedy performance in this film. There’s certainly a reason why seeing her makes us smile. In 1987, she appeared on TRT as Sister Perihan, surely an unforgettable character. Sister Perihan is one of us, the big sister of our neighborhood, sometimes funny, sometimes crazy, but always warm-hearted. Kutman has popularized the character so much that even the street in Kuzguncuk, where the series was filmed, has been named Perihan Abla (Sister Perihan). She won the Golden Butterfly Award for Best Comedy Actress in 1987. Then she won our hearts once again with her character Müstesna in Girls’ Dormitory. She has become an iconic comedy actress now. But with her performance in the notable TV series Şehnaz Tango, co-starring Erdal Özyağcılar, she’s proved once again that she’s a great character actress. Kutman and Özyağcılar became one of the most memorable TV couples. Following the series A Woman, A Man and I’m Sorry, Leyla, she portrayed another iconic character, Teacher Afet, in the series Social Studies. She starred in The Crazy Royal, My Dear Nazan, and Ah, Neriman in 2010. Perran Kutman touched our hearts with every character she portrayed and gained a permanent place in the public’s heart.
All people of Turkey are a bit like Şener Şen, and Şener Şen is Turkey. Born in Adana, in 1941.
His real name is Ali Haydar Şen. And his father is famous actor Ali Şen. But unlike his father, Şener Şen didn’t turn to acting at first. After finishing high school, he had a number of different jobs; a minibus driver, a street vendor, a primary school teacher… These jobs gave him the chance to meet many people from all walks of life that he’ll portray on his acting journey. He began his acting career as a stage actor in 1967 and worked at the Istanbul City Theater for 13 years. But his true passion was for the cinema. Besides working as a dubbing artist for years, he also played small parts in films. Sometimes he was the man who gets beaten up, and sometimes a passerby. But one day, he crossed paths with Ertem Eğilmez. And he portrayed The Chaos Class’ legendary gym teacher Badi Ekrem, leaving a tremendous effect on the audience. Badi Ekrem was the first step for him in becoming a prominent comedy actor. He later proved to be a great character actor with his roles in Milk Siblings, Şaban, Son of Şaban, Tosun Paşa, Feyzo, The Polite One, The King of The Street Cleaners, and Davaro, co-starring Kemal Sunal. He landed his first lead role in 1983 with The Baggy Trousers Case. Then he surprised the audience with The Honest One, one of Turkey’s first black comedies. The Honest One won wide acclaim among the audience. Then he starred in The Broken Landlord. Who hasn’t been touched by his selling vegetables in the streets, yelling “Potatoes!”? It was followed by two unforgettable movies, The Billionaire and Mr. Muhsin. In 1988, he starred in Turkey’s first-ever absurd comedy movie Arabesque, and later in The American. Şener Şen has become so well-accepted and loved by the public that his contributions unarguably made people embrace this genre. Such that, people formed long queues in front of the movie theaters when Arabesque was released. In 1996, he starred in The Bandit, which is regarded as a revolution in Turkish cinema. He displayed his prodigious talent on the big screen with his role as the bandit. The man who made us laugh all those years were portraying a completely different character now. It was a film that people once again flocked to see, and another box-office hit. Şener Şen had appeared only on the big screen until then, but now, he was starring in the series Second Spring, co-starring Türkan Şoray. And the duo became one of the unforgettable TV couples. And he continued to fascinate us with his impressive performances in Lovelorn (2004), For Love and Honor (2007) and Hunting Season (2010). His awards include: Best Supporting Actor/The King of the Street Cleaners (1978 Antalya Film Fest), Best Actor/Mr. Muhsin (1987 Antalya Film Fest), Best Actor/Lovelorn (2005 Antalya Film Fest & 2008 Yeşilçam Awards). Besides these awards, he also won our hearts with every role he played. After receiving the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself in 2016, he delivered a speech that showed us what it means to be a true artist.
Stories are the lodestars that can teach us how to live this life. I always picked the characters I played carefully so they’d serve the common good. For many years, I waited for a story I truly wanted, and which might be considered suicide for an actor. I always believed that the societies in pursuit of good, righteousness and beauty would always live in peace. And I accept this award in the hope of contributing to our social peace.
The Wild Heart of television…
Everyone wants to make their life a story worth reading, and Osman Sınav’s life is a long story definitely worth reading.
Sınav’s life began in Burdur, in 1956. After graduating from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts’ Painting Department, he studied textile design in the same school. His writing journey began with copywriting, and he founded Sinegraf in 1984. Upon turning his name into a brand with hundreds of commercials he made in three years, he made his first TV film The Death of A Reporter in the same year. And it was followed by A Day of Sultan, False Dawn, Small World, and Nobody To love. However, Sınav’s first memorable series Super Dad brought a breath of fresh and warm air to television. Directed by Sınav, Super Dad imprinted itself on the minds of the whole nation and still continues to warm our hearts to this day. His 1994 film The Liar won him the Golden Orange Award for Best Director, and Mehmet Aslantuğ won the Best Actor award for his role in the film. He subsequently made the series Edgy Hours, Blue Dreams, and The Melek Building. In 1998, Sınav left his mark again with his film The Guerrilla. Year 1999… While the country was being stirred up by organizations, deep state formations, and political crises, a brave outcry spread into our homes through television. “Hayda rinnarinnarinnarinanay…” This melody was embraced by the entire nation. Because we are all Wild Hearts a little. We are all against this system a little. Osman Sınav created a legend, and Wild Heart introduced us to Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, one of Turkey’s most prominent young actors. Wild Heart: Boomerang Hell was released in 2001 and became a big box-office hit. As the industry’s most innovative person, Sınav’s next series, Bread and Butter, was utterly different than his previous work. During the years when, once again, everyone was afraid of speaking up, Father Nusret won a special place in our little hearts, reminding us the things we forgot and keeping the whole nation in contact. And short after, Turkey’s highest rated drama series Valley of the Wolves aired. Shedding light on the country’s agenda by focusing on the mafia and deep state, it became a cult show that led us to conspiracy theories. However, even after stepping down as the director of Valley of the Wolves, he went on and made the film Opening The Doors, based on a story by Mustafa Kutlu, and then he adapted Metin Erksan’s cult film Bitter Life for television. Bitter Life, starring Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, gained nationwide attention as well. Following his 2007 film Pars: Operation Cherry, he made the series Pars: Narcoterror (2009), Rebel Against All (2009) and Swift Years (2009). In 2012, he touched our hearts again with his film Long Story based on another story by Mustafa Kutlu. With the series Sakarya Fırat, which aired on TRT from 2009 to 2013, the whole country held a 71-minute moment of silence for our unsung heroes. Following the series The Red Apple (2014) and Love Out-of-spite (2015), Osman Sınav once again created a legend with his latest series You Tell All, Black Sea (2018).