Bitter Life (Aci Hayat)

Original Title: Aci Hayat
English Title: Bitter Life
Also Known As: Tears of Roses (English), Dumou3 Al Ward (Arabic), Gor’kaq zhiuzni (Russia), Jeta e hidhur (Albania)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Episodes: 59
Broadcast Network: Show TV
Broadcast Period: December 14, 2005 – June 22, 2007
Production Company: Sinegraf
Director: Abdulkadir Ceylan Ede
Screen Writer: Aybars Bora Kahyaoglu, Soner Pehlevan, Tangul Sinav, Atilla Engin, Isa Yildiz
Mehmet (Kenan Imirzalioglu) is a poor guy who is desperately in love with Nermin (Selin Demiratar), from his neighborhood. He works as a welder in a shipyard while Nermin is a manicurist in one of the well known coiffeurs. Their only aim is to get married and have a nice home. Thus, they try to get rid of poverty by working harder each day. But, no matter how hard they try, they just never earn enough money to realize their dream of getting married and having a nice home. When Nermin gets in a term losing the hope of happiness, she comes across one of the playboys of Istanbul, Ender (Oguz Galeli). She starts to get closer to the glamorous life of Ender and edges away from the love of her life; Mehmet. She leaves her old poor life and her only real love behind and starts a new life in richness with Ender.
On the other hand, Mehmet becomes very devastated when Nermin leaves him for another man. He promises to seek revenge on the man who steals his girlfriend. Therefore, Mehmet tries to woo Filiz (Ebru Kocaaga) who is the sister of Ender. Although he still loves Nermin, he tries to camouflage his feelings and keep concretely practicing his revenge.
In this story, you will explore a tragic love story of Mehmet and Nermin. Will revenge fill the emptiness in Mehmet’s hearth? Will Mehmet go back to her first love or stay with Filiz? Will Mehmet forgive Nermin and live the rest of his life peacefully with her?
Selin Demiratar as Nermin
Oguz Galeli as Ender
Ebru Kocaaga as Filiz
Main Characters’ Other Popular Dramas
Kenan Imirzalioglu: Ezel (Ezel), Crazy Hearth (Deliyurek)
Selin Demiratar: Adanali
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  • Clorinda Leich

    Good article, Bbm.

  • fatima

    be careful
    poor nermin will die at the end! 🙁 so sad! i cried so much! mehmet will never love filiz, but he will marry her at the end

  • fatima from iran

    series is sad poor mehmet i hate narmin she is bad girl!!!!! i dont know yet what this series will end ……

  • darya

    i like it. it is a very good series.:)

  • daraksh

    I am from Iran, my daughter is crazy of Bitter life espcially KENAN. He really is handsome and good looking at times I wish he was my son-in-law. well to be honest my daughter is always beautiful she resembles Aishwarya the Bollywood actress.

    I don’t mind having his mail.
    By and wish you all the best Kenan


    what a ridiculous statement you have just made. Its not all about looks you know, what about having a good heart.
    anyone can be beautiful but what uf they treat you badly, oh but ppl like u dont care about that, just as long as they r good looking.

    And by the way, aishwarya of bollywood has had plastic surgery, shes not natural

  • Nasir ahmad

    this me nasir ahmad from afghanistan … i really love bitter life … i am very wonder about end of this drama .. i am working had in office .. my daily work is withe emails .. will any one will send me complete story of this drama in text to my Email …


    i will be waiting …

  • me too i feel bad about nermin i wanted her to marry mehmet but died sadly my elder sister she likes kenan hhhhhhhh

    • sheida

      Hello I respect your opinion but belive that nermin is not bad at all 🙂

  • rab nawaz

    I love aci hayat drama I love nermen muhmmed

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