Hercai (English Title: Inconstant Love) is a Turkish romantic television series starring Akın Akınözü and Ebru Şahin, along with Gülçin Santırcıoğlu, Serhat Tutumluer, Oya Unustası and Ahmet Tansu Taşanlar. It premiered on ATV on March 15, 2019. ATV has sold rights to air the series in various international markets, including most of Latin America and the United States through Telemundo, which premiered on June 22, 2021.
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Reyyan is Nasuh Şadoğlu’s granddaughter, patriarch of the prominent Şadoğlu family in the town of Midyat. However, she has never felt loved by anyone in her household except her father, Hazar, her mother, Zehra, and her younger sister, Gül. Reyyan has been mistreated by her grandfather since childhood because she is not his biological granddaughter, and the only reason he accepted her into the family was at Hazar’s request.
One morning, Reyyan goes out on horseback to watch the sunrise. On her way back, her horse is nearly hit by a car. Reyyan falls and loses consciousness. The driver of the car, a handsome young man named Miran, is immediately attracted to her and offers to drive her back home.
Yaren, daughter of Hazar’s brother, Cihan, is infatuated with Miran. When Miran falls in love with her cousin, Yaren swears revenge on Reyyan for stealing Miran from her and ruining her life.
Eventually, Miran and Reyyan are married. However, Miran abandons Reyyan after their first night as husband and wife, sparking intense feelings of betrayal and hatred in Reyyan. She vows to never let him forget what he has done to her. Soon, Reyyan finds out that everything Miran has told her about himself is a lie: his name, his background, his family, and the wedding. Miran’s plan all along was to gain the trust of the Şadoğlu family, marry their innocent daughter and then leave her the morning after, humiliating the entire family and thus, exacting the first part of his revenge against the Şadoğlus.
The motivation behind his revenge is the fact that Miran believes Reyyan’s father, Hazar, kidnapped and raped his mother, and then killed both his parents. He was raised by his grandmother, Azize Aslanbey, who told him since he was a child that he has to avenge the murder of his parents and uplift his family’s name once again. However, his feelings for Reyyan were real, and his actions were done against his will under the guiding hand of his grandmother. As a result, Mirran struggles to cope with what he has done to Reyyan.
As time goes on, secrets are revealed while Reyyan and Miran struggle with their feelings for each other. Reyyan is in love with Miran but is convincing herself she hates him, while Miran struggles with extreme guilt for what he has done to the one person he has truly cared about. Meanwhile, Azize also struggles to keep her control over her daughter-in-law, Sultan, and her granddaughter, Elif—who was orphaned as a child and raised by Azize—and she begins tightening her grip as the unforgiving matriarch of the Aslanbey family.
Despite his hatred for the Şadoğlu family, Miran works hard to regain Reyyan’s trust. It takes Reyyan a long time, but she realizes she cannot live without Miran. Eventually, she marries him in earnest without her family’s approval. She also believes this will end the animosity between both their families. However, the enmity between the Şadoğlu and Aslanbey families only becomes stronger, and Miran is torn between his loyalty to his grandmother and wanting to be a good husband to Reyyan. After a lot of persuasion from Reyyan, Miran agrees to chase the truth of his parent’s death himself rather than blindly believing the version Azize has fed to him.
They find a clue about the death of Miran’s parents and follow it together, which leads them to Miran’s maternal grandmother, Şükran, who Miran believed to be dead his entire life. While traveling to Istanbul, they find another lead that reveals Miran’s mother was never raped, and discover Azize bribed the police to lie in their report that she had been raped before her death. Miran breaks down and he begins questioning everything he’s been told regarding his parents’ death. Azize, angry that Miran has learned the truth, begins tracking Miran and Reyyan, making sure that any new leads they find become dead ends. When confronted by Miran, she claims that, although his mother was never raped, she was indeed murdered by Hazar. She slowly regains Miran’s trust, who believes her to be contrite. Meanwhile, Reyyan knows Azize is still lying to Miran and becomes increasingly frustrated at her inability to break Miran’s connection to his grandmother.
During this time the family rivalry intensifies. Elif, who has always been tormented by Azize’s cruelty, escapes her house marries Azat, Reyyan’s older cousin, in yet another attempt to make peace between the families. However, Elif’s efforts turn out to be in vain and she slips into a deep depression at her grandmother’s intense hatred of her husband and desire for revenge. Elif, exasperated by the never-ending fighting and a feeling that Azat will never love her the way she loves him, commits suicide.
After the death of Elif, the enmity between both families cools. Miran and Reyyan, fed up with both families, decide to move to Istanbul permanently. Azize, who needs Miran as a pawn in her revenge, sets Miran up to shoot Azat while Reyyan watches from afar. This causes the hatred to come back in full force. Azat’s life is saved by a stranger who befriends the Şadoğlu family. He hides his real identity as he is actually Aslan Aslanbey, the true heir of the Aslanbey family. Azize faked his death and kept him hidden to protect him from the rivalry between the families.
Yaren, tired of Miran and Reyyan’s undaunted love for each other, reveals to Reyyan out of spite that Hazar is not her biological father. Reyyan, angry at her family for lying to her, escapes to Miran’s maternal grandmother’s home. Miran and Hazar follow Reyyan, hoping to calm her anger. When they reach Şükran’s home, they discover a recording of a conversation between Miran’s mother, Dilşah, and a friend, in which she confesses her love for Hazar, and tells her friend that Azize is trying to force her to marry her son. Miran takes the tape and finally accepts that Hazar did not kill his mother. He then learns that it was his father, Mehmet, who tried to kill Dilşah and Hazar and later killed himself.
Meanwhile, Aslan is working with Reyyan’s real father, Mahfuz, who has come back to help his daughter expose Azize. However, Aslan becomes obsessed with Reyyan and loses focus. He attempts to kill Miran out of jealousy and nearly succeeds. Upon a second attempt, he ends up causing his own death. At the same time, Fusun Aslanbey, Azize’s sister-in-law, returns and reveals to everyone Miran is not an Aslanbey: his real father is not Mehmet Aslaneby, but Hazar Şadoğlu. Upon learning this, Miran reaches his breaking point. He takes Reyyan with him and they move into a rural cottage to escape their reality.
When Miran learns the truth, Hazar makes attempts at building a relationship with his son, but Miran is not interested. Later, Miran plays the rest of the tape he took from his mother’s room. In it, she tells her friend she is pregnant with Hazar’s child; she wishes for it to be a boy, and plans to name him Miran. Any doubt Miran had that Hazar is his real father disappears. Meanwhile, Reyyan comes face to face with her real father and accepts his only request—that she let him hug her. Upon seeing her forgiving her own father, Miran turns to Hazar and accepts him as his father.
Nasuh begins chasing the reasons for Azize’s strong hatred of his family. He discovers her real name is Ayşe, his first love. He confronts her and asks her why she hates his family. Azize shares their past, including the child they had together, and their plans to get married. However, one day, Azize woke up to find her house engulfed in flames and fainted from smoke inhalation. When she woke up a few days later, Nasuh’s mother informed Azize that her entire family, including their child, died in the fire. Nasuh’s mother tells Azize that Nasuh has remarried, and blames her for their child’s death. Feeling betrayed, Azize decides to get revenge. Her original plan was to punish Hazar by taking away his daughter. However, after Mehmet killed himself, her hatred intensified and she plotted a plan for vengeance using Miran. Nasuh is shocked and explains to Azize that his mother had told him Azize died in the fire, which is why he remarried. Nasuh also tells Azize their child never died, but is the same Hazar whose life she has been trying to destroy.
To show how remorseful she is for her sins, Azize reveals that Miran’s mother, Dilşah, is alive. Having been locked away from reality for so long, Dilşah is struggling mentally to adapt to her new life. Miran, however, is overjoyed at being reunited with his mother. Meanwhile, Reyyan, upon seeing Azize’s state and learning the origin of her hatred toward Hazar and Miran, convinces Miran to forgive Azize.
Reyyan, now pregnant, is told by her doctor that she will not survive the birth of her child, so she wishes Miran to have his entire family by his side should she die during childbirth. While Miran struggles to cope with the possibility of losing Reyyan, Hazar is still in shock after learning Azize is his mother.
When Reyyan goes into labor, she slips into a coma. Meanwhile, Hazar is killed. Miran is wracked with grief over losing his father and the possibility of losing Reyyan, leaving him unable to find any joy in the birth of his son. Reyyan eventually wakes up from her coma and is devastated when she learns of Hazar’s death. After being discharged from the hospital, Miran and Reyyan move into the cottage with their child and grieve together. The series ends with the families moving on from their pasts and the rivalry finally over.
Ebru Sahin as Reyyan Aslanbey
Ebru Şahin (born 18 May 1994) is a Turkish actress and model. She made her cinematic debut with the movie Kan Parası and had a brief role in the TV show İstanbullu Gelin. She is known for Hercai.
Akin Akinözü as Miran Aslanbey
Ayda Aksel as Azize Aslanbey
Macit Sonkan as Nasuh Sadoglu
Serdar Özer as Cihan Sadoglu
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