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Hande Subaşi

Hande SubaşiHande Subaşi, born on February 21st, 1984 in Ankara, Turkey is an actress, known for Gelecekten Bir Gün in 2010, Anadolu Kartallari in 2011 and Diriliş: Ertuğrul in 2014 in which she played the role Aykiz - a beautiful bad ass Kayi woman who was by far my favorite cast member.

From the very first episode of the series, the character of Aykiz was in love with Turgut Alp, one of the key warriors in Ertugrul's group of warriors and definitely the closest to him.

In Dirilis: Ertugrul she was the childhood sweetheart and first wife of Turgut Alp and spiritual daughter of Hayme Hatun and blood daughter of Deli Demir.

She has an unexpected fight with Selcan Hatun resulting in her being falsely accused of murdering the unborn child of Selcan and Gundogdu bey.

When Selcan demands she be punished she is given the punishment of being lashed in front of the whole Kayi tribe 30 times.

All through the top-rated first season of Dirilis: Ertugrul, Aykiz stood up for what was right, fought bravely and endured abuse. She was the most honest and direct of the women - and definitely the strongest.

In the beginning of the second season, she died a horrendous and excruciatingly painful death, burned alive by the Mongols.

Hande SubaşiDirilis: Ertugrul went on for four more seasons with other characters playing pivotal roles, but Aykiz remained to many the most memorable.

Hande Subasi, the Turkish actress who played Aykiz, enjoyed the acclaim back when the show aired in Turkey and now, some years later, with Dirilis: Ertugrul becoming a major hit in Pakistan, she has recently acquired an all new, large fan-base - even if many are critical religious zealots.

In 2005 the Turkish actress and beauty pageant contestant was crowned the winner of the 2005 Miss Turkey competition. She appeared in several films such as Anadolu Kartallari, Gelecekten Bir Gün, and I Saw the Sun.

She played Aykiz in the TV series Resurrection: Ertugrul starring Esra Bilgic and Cengiz Coskun. She also starred as Aylin Çakar in the 2017 comedy series Bahtiyar Ölmez.

A Turkish actress and former beauty pageant contestant who was crowned the winner of the 2005 Miss Turkey competition, made her acting debut as Fidan in the TV series Kus dili in 2006.

Her mother is Saziye Alptekin. She married Can Tursan in 2012.

Subasi received massive backlash from her Pakistani fans for wearing what they called an ‘inappropriate’ dress as she shared her stunning picture in an innocuous and tasteful summer suit.

Another of the women cast in the television series Diriliş: Ertuğrul was Esra Bilgic who played Halime, was also harrassed by Pakistani religious zealots over wearing western style dresses in photos posted on Instagram.

Hande SubaşiThese creatons from the Dark Ages seem to find it difficult to separate actresses from the roles they portray in television series and in films, so they make crude and ignorant comments to them on the actresses social media pages.

Hande Subaşi, who played the role of Aykiz Hatun the historical drama series Dirilis: Ertugrul drama turned to Instagram and shared dazzling photos in a summer suit.

In response she wrote in the caption, “Time to go back home with unforgettable moments...”

Subaşi, who is better known to millions of fans worldwide in the role of Aykiz, the Kayi tribeswoman from Dirilis: Ertugrul, said she was "not happy" at being criticised for the things she does in her private life.

In an interview, the Turkish actress was asked whether she felt offended at being criticised for posting pictures that her Pakistani fans find too risqué, the actress agreed it was a sensitive issue, but added that she knew fans usually associate actors with the characters they play on-screen.

Her Pakistani fans took to moral policing 'Diriliş: Ertuğrul' stars over Instagram pictures.

"My job, though, was only to do my professional best, and to give life to Aykiz. This does not make me Aykiz," she said.

"I’m Hande. I really appreciate the admiration of my fans but I’m not happy about being criticised and getting negative comments about things that I do in my personal life."

However, the actress had positive words to say about Pakistan and said she was curious about the country's culture. Saying that it would be "a pleasure to visit Pakistan and expressed her happiness at her work being recognised and appreciated in another country."

While Esra and Hande got an earful for not being the ‘modest’ woman they saw on their television screens, Engin Altan Düzyatan was grilled on “keeping a dog indoors despite being Muslim.”

Hande SubaşiThis behavior by Pakistani men makes me wonder if they think Superman is real and whether Wonder Woman also appears on the streets of American cities with her Wonder Woman costume on...? Time to join the 21st Century gentlemen.

In spite of some having a meltdown in the comments section of the actors’ Instagram posts, many ‘embarrassed’ Pakistanis sprung forward to apologize to Subaşi on behalf of the country.

Hande Subaşı participated as a contestant in the first season of the "I Need to Sing" competition program broadcast on Show TV in 2007.

Hande Subasi was born in 1984 in Ankara. After graduating from Private Sainte Pulcherie French High School in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, he studied at Kadıköy Anatolian Vocational High School. His father's side is from Elazig.

He graduated from Istanbul University, Department of French Translation and Interpretation.

She won the Miss Turkey beauty pageant in 2005. Then she represented Turkey in the Miss World pageant and received the best national costume award.

She played the characters of Vahide in the TV series "Elveda Rumeli", which was broadcast on ATV after "Adak" and "Kusdili".

Subaşı participated as a contestant in the first season of the "I Need to Sing" competition program broadcast on Show TV in 2007.

In the summer of 2012, Hande Subaşı took part in the theater stage for the first time in the musical "Kamelyalı Kadın" staged at the "Theater Cat" theater. At the same time, he played in the TV series "Enemy Brothers" broadcast on show tv.

Hande Subaşı married Can Tursan on August 25, 2012 in a ceremony held in Suada. She applied to the court for divorce on February 4, 2016.

Hande SubaşiThey asked the judge for another chance to save their marriage. However, despite all their efforts, they could not save their marriage and divorced.

Engin Altan Düzyatan portrayed Ertuğrul Gazi in the TV series "Diriliş: Ertuğrul Gazi", which started on TRT 1 on December 8th, 2014, while Esra Bilgiç portrayed the character of Halime Hatun.

In other roles, names such as Kaan Taşaner, Didem Balçın, Serdar Gökhan, Hülya Darcan, Levent Öktem, Hakan Vanlı, Serdar Deniz, Turgut Tunçalp, Mehmet Çevik, Cavit Çetin Güner, Hande Subaşı and Osman Soykut made for an amazing cast.

More than five years since Aykiz’s sad screen death, Hande’s career has moved on from the never-ending grasslands inhabited by the Kayi tribe.

She is now starring in a musical play, Sevmekten Oldu Desinler, which translates into ‘They Died Because of Love’, and chalks the story of a poor woman who pursues her dream to become a singer.

There is a lot more to Hande Subasi than the fiery tribeswoman, in traditional headgear, fighting the Mongols in Drilis: Ertugrul. At the end of the day, she says she’s still Hande, not Aykiz Hatun

“It’s the sort of role that I always wanted to portray,” shares Hande, who acts as well as sings in the play. She has also just worked on a music single which will be releasing soon.

It’s all a far cry from Aykiz — but while die-hard Ertugrul fans may find this difficult to fathom, there is a lot more to Hande Subasi than the fiery tribeswoman, in traditional headgear, fighting the Mongols.

Hande SubaşiShe won the Miss Turkey pageant back in 2005 and, ever since then, started building her acting career. “I feel very lucky that my dreams have come true.”

“Turkey and the Ottoman empire have a rich history full of heroes whose stories are worth telling,” she stated.

“People are curious to know more about these heroes and Dirilis: Ertugrul tells the story of the events that laid the groundwork of the Ottoman Empire’s foundation.

This is one of the main reasons why the series became so popular. And while I hadn’t expected the show to gain international recognition, it didn’t surprise me when it did.

Especially in the case of Pakistan, we may have different cultures but we are connected through the same religion. I can understand that, just like the Turkish audience, Pakistani viewers must also have been able to empathise with the characters.”

Aykiz’s death was heartbreaking for Ertugrul’s many fans. Was saying goodbye to the character also sad for Hande?

“Of course. I was upset to say goodbye to Aykiz. I loved her just like everyone else. I think people enjoyed watching her relationship with her father, and especially her love for Turgut.

It made it even sadder to say goodbye to her,” she reminisces. “Even personally, what I loved most about Aykiz was her love for Turgut, and how she was willing to do anything she could to protect it. She was brave, determined and spoke the truth. I think that I am similar to her in these ways.”

Hande SubaşiHow did she prepare for her role as the fierce warrior woman? “The role definitely required some preparation as Aykiz was very skilled. I took horseback riding, archery and swordfighting lessons.

I personally enjoy active sports, so I enjoyed learning these new skills. Even my favourite scenes from the show are the ones that include action, fighting and horseback riding.”

Hande recalls, “However, if I had to pick out a specific scene as my favourite, I would say that it was the one where Ertugrul forgave Turgut because it was very significant for Aykiz and Turgut’s future together.”

We move on to discussing her interactions with other members of the cast. Evidently, Hande and the other four women playing pivotal roles in the series all shared a trailer.

“I was especially close to them. Esra Bilgic, Didem Balcin, Hulya Darcan, Burcu Kiratli and I would share food and hang out together in between scenes. Hulya Darcan, or Hayme Ana from Ertugrul, was like a mother to us, just like in the show.

“The set itself was extremely big. The team had created places and conditions dating back to a different time period, as well as costumes and décor. It was all very impressive.”

We drift back to present day and a slightly more sensitive issue. Ertugrul’s cast may have enjoyed their sudden extreme popularity in Pakistan but they have also had to endure some good old-fashioned Pakistani social media trolling.

Fans have frequently gotten offended when their favourite characters have posted a personal picture that they find too risqué, or completely in contrast to their Ertugrul avatars.

Hande SubaşiThey have proceeded to make snide comments at worst (‘Are you Muslim?’) or offer kindly advice, expressing their disappointment. Does Hande feel offended by this?

“This is actually a very sensitive issue and it could be discussed for hours,” she says. “To sum it up, however, I know that, everywhere in the world, people tend to associate the characters they love with the actors or actresses who play that role."

"My job, though, was only to do my professional best, and to give life to Aykiz. This does not make me Aykiz. I’m Hande."

"I really appreciate the admiration of my fans but I’m not happy about being criticised and getting negative comments about things that I do in my personal life."

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  • Gelecekten Bir Gün (2009)
  • Güneşi Gördüm (2009)
  • Anadolu Kartalları (2011)
  • Defne'nin Bir Mevsimi (2016)
  • Propaganda Ana 2 (2016)
  • Aşk Uykusu (2017)

Television Series

  • Adak (2006)
  • Kuşdili (2006)
  • Elveda Rumeli (2007–2009)
  • Elde Var Hayat (2010)
  • Düşman Kardeşler (2012)
  • 1 Kadın 1 Erkek (Guest)
  • Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Guest)
  • Merhamet (Guest)
  • Diriliş Ertuğrul (2014–2015) (season 1)
  • Bahtiyar Ölmez (2017–2018)
  • Baht Oyunu (2021)



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