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The drama series spreading like fire ‘Mera Sultan’ originally known as Muhteşem Yüzyıl meaning Magnificent Century has earned itself quite a reputation. The awesome cinematography, melodramatic script amplified by the amazing sets and direction teleports you back to that fantastic tenure of kingdom. I have it from best sources that even the male population is watching this soap opera. If  the captivating history it tells does not interest them, the divas definitely do instead! ;) Meryem Uzurli happens to be the biggest star for obvious reasons!

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It has earned disapproval from the ‘Ghairat Brigade’ including the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who severely criticized the series. Historians and journalists are not impressed by the failing accuracy and perception of the great Ottoman Ruler Sultan Suleyman. Hence, it got even more buzz,that being said, fact remains it has taken the world by storm! Not only Turkish audience but muslims and non muslims alike have taken a great shine to it. By the time when 6th episode was aired, blogs and websites had gone crazy over the details of costumes and baffled by the magnificent cast itself.

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Mera Sultan takes us through the life of the Great Ottoman Ruler, whose victories on battlefield rival those of the Great Alexander himself, from a more personal perspective. Wars and such are mentioned though not the main focus. The prime stage is the Harem of the Sultan and the great personalities who influenced his life.

Although there are beauties like Valida e Sultan and Khazina Sultan; what it really comes down to is the tug of war between Team Mah e Doran and Team Huram. Personally everyone knows of my fetish for redheads so it may not come as a surprise when I side with Huram’s character. However, the first few episodes when Hurem was still garbed in peasant cloths she didn’t look like much. But once in that fabulous red dress with that cleavage I am pretty sure I know how Sultan Suleyman felt. No wonder he forgot about every other beautiful and willing consort available in his palace.

For all the people who are interested in a less censored version of the series may find them online or apps for their i-pads and such. Let me simply say the cleavages aren’t the only action your missing ;) During every episode one is at the edge of the seat holding breath for dear life to see Huram Sultan out manuever every trap and obstacle coming out on top (guess I know how she likes it) :P But I suppose the audience loves that her beauty is parralleled by her ambition, the complete package. Even though not shown in the series Huram is on best of terms with great political figures outside the palace including Kings. Her documented letters through history to such Kings show a woman of great intellegence and wit.
Although Hurem Sultan has a great variety of wardrobe my favorite are the red, purple and once yellow gown she wore. It’s safe to say the Sultan went from the skinny Mah e Doran to the more curvy Huram :P Can’t really blame the guy!

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Mah e Doran on the other hand is in her own right a great strategist who gives Huram run for her money on several occasions. She has a great corset figure with that waist which makes you lust after her  I wont give any spoiler alerts on who wins out of the two in the end but it rather does end tragically as both sides end up losing people important to them.

The plot in my opinion is more interesting than series like Desperate Housewives or The Tudors since all the killing, blaming, jealousy and revenge is on a whole new level. No one is afraid to cross limits to become Queen and moral issues over killing is so out of the window! lol

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The men in the series are not to my taste; baldness does put one off. However many aunties and girls are impressed with the Sultan as long as he wears a turban :p The character of Sultan Suleyman is played to perfection by indeed a great actor. He not only emanates power through orders but has great expressive eyes on that face! Personally older version of Prince Mustafa was a disapointment but on the other hand Bali Saab is one hunky man :p

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In all fairness it’s expected that women will create havoc and declare war when there is only ONE man to satisfy their sexual hunger in the palace seeing that all male servants within the premises don’t really fall under that category ;)

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