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Episode 62!

Another brilliant episode that was more engrossing than most movies these days! It was soothingly wholesome & multilayered in the way it approached & focused, turn by turn, on two different types of swords, on values & principles that went – must have gone – into nourishing the roots of the plane tree, that, at this point of narration, was still relatively young. The values & principles that made its roots so strong that the tree itself stood tall and firm, despite innumerable challenges, for the next six centuries.

Here are few of my thoughts in no particular order.

The Sword Of Retributive Justice: Qisas.

Loved how this scene played out from the time Cercutay handed Osman Bey Bamsi’s two swords to the distracted but deft way Osman Bey spun them, one at a time, their blades swishing through the air even as Bamsi’s memories began to play out in his mind (and later, on our screens).

From the memory of the time Bamsi did his special double sword flourish before bringing them down to execute Aybar’s murderers – to Osman retracing his movements in Soğut, spinning & flourishing them (Cossack double sword flourish performed with amazing aplomb. It was lit 👏), before bringing them down to chop heads off murderers of Bamsi, Abdul Rahman & numerous other innocent men, women & children.Taking their lives – and saving the lives of the people they would have surely killed if not executed.

This execution sequence followed by Edebali’s thoughtful sermon on Qisas took this scene to the next level in showcasing the rationale, the logic, behind Qisas or retributive justice.

The Two Swords Of Osman Ghazi, The Sword of Justice & the Sword of Goodness: “Be patient, my Bala”.

Osman Ghazi, who is depicted as a semi-holy person in many early chronicles, always God-conscious & always attempting to follow the footsteps of our beloved prophet (pbuh), passes on this invaluable piece of advice, which he himself learnt from Kumral Abdal, which he himself tries his hardest to follow, to his beloved, his kindred spirit, Bala.

Basically telling her with the help of a story: Deal (try your best to) with those who hurt you, those who wrong you, whether intentionally or unintentionally, with the sword of goodness.

Give them benefit of doubt. Forgive them. Be kind to them.

Because that’s what changes hearts, enables peaceful dialogue, mends relationships & brings people together. And most importantly, keeps one in Allah’s good books.

Although there is no legal requirement to forgive in the Quran, in matters of Qisas, or retributive justice in Criminal Law, (it’s still encouraged however), there may be a moral imperative to forgive, in all other matters, as an imitation of Allah’s boundless mercy. ‘Forgive, so you may be forgiven’.

In following our beloved Prophet’s footsteps, believers should even forgive(or try their best to) those who have not asked for forgiveness. Even enemies.

The Qur’an describes believers as “Those who avoid major sins and acts of indecencies and when they are angry they forgive.”[42:37]

Similarly, another surah asserts, “If you retaliate, then let your retaliation be proportionate to the wrong that was done to you. But if you endure patiently, indeed, it is better for the patient” “Be patient. Your patience is only because of help of Allah. And do not be grieved by them & do not be distressed by what they plan”.

It was absolutely brilliant the way scenarists juxtaposed these two concepts – justice against forgiveness.

Two different contexts.

Two different swords – the sword of retributive justice vs the sword of goodness.

I was really impressed by how competently Kumral Abdal’s story was used to tie together three different scenes, how seamlessly one scene blended into the next – to tell us that (barring cases of abuse or oppression or extreme injustice of-course) it’s the sword of goodness & kindness & empathy & forgiveness and not that of retributive justice, not ‘an eye for an eye for every small insignificant matter’ that keeps families together and societies healthier.

It’s what nourishes the roots of the giant plane tree.

By Allah’s name, Al Adl, the Just: The Sword of Coercion or Injustice can not be justified in any situation.

Another favorite scene. I love how Edebali is settling into his historical role as the first Qadhi or Judge of the Ottoman Empire. I love how Boran learned his lesson, how Osman Bey forgave Boran & volunteered to pay the fine on his behalf & how the Byzantine landlord, moved by his justice decided to sell his property to him.

Osman Bey, Çok Yaşa: The many layers & facets – the fearsome warrior, the just ruler, the shrewd tactician, the brilliant strategist, the gentle lover, the kind & thoughtful husband…

Most importantly, Osman Ghazi the extremely effective & intelligent leader.

Osman Ghazi is portrayed as a dynamic mobilizing leader and an extraordinarily effective & sincere orator. He is someone who is not only able to communicate with passion & enthusiasm, and influence people and their decisions, but also instill in them, faith in his cause, belief in his vision, and passion for his beliefs.

He is also portrayed as someone whose personality is not just strong & dynamic but also uniquely charismatic – someone who has great interpersonal skills & even greater charisma. Someone who is not just able to get himself noticed & respected & followed, but also loved.

Burak Özçıvıt as Osman Ghazi:

I really believe, that in getting BO for this role, MB hit the casting jackpot. Here’s why.

Burak Özçıvıt seems to be genuinely charismatic and possesses great expressive energy that is uniquely his in real life too, and that is probably why he is able to project – seemingly effortlessly – these qualities on screen as well.

Osman Ghazi’s expansive hand & arm gestures, that some people go to great lengths to criticize!, and that I personally love, is reflective of that same expressive energy. It is a subconscious mannerism – an uninhibited expression by a person who is not only passionate but also supremely confident in his own skin.

And interestingly enough, these hand gestures- gesticulating – is not only observed in Osman Ghazi, the character, but also – to a lesser extent – in Burak Özçıvıt, the person as well, in his real life!

Burak Özçıvıt, with his critically acclaimed acting range, brought in, apart from his rather insane superstardom of course, exactly what an unforgettable portrayal of Osman Ghazi needed – His various layers, facets & complexities, his transformation from a reckless boy of 18 to a powerful Bey – to a mature wise ruler – to ultimately a majestic Sultan in the coming seasons.

All things considered, this was an absolutely phenomenal episode! There were several other amazing scenes that I didn’t mention but that were absolutely top notch in terms of direction & script & plot/ arc progression.

Looking forward to the last two episodes of S2 & the big WAR!!!




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Kurulus Osman team again did a good job. Just like the appearance of a Sheppard in episode 76 was a smooth and heart touching but, full of devotion and strength event. So was the arrest of Sheikh Edabali in episode 77. Only a few levels greater. A man of his stature did not lie to save himself from dungeon and held his grounds. That was epic and depicts how Ottomans real spirit was and where they got their strength from. I would reiterate that Faith, devotion, character, and selflessness was the reason that Osman was able to bring a scattered nation into a huge powerful empire.

Role of his companions and elders was admirable. Their love for each other is beautifully depicted in the scenes when Osman visits his sick Alp before even going to visit his pregnant wife, whoo is his first true love. Such a passionate, full of empathy leader is always loved not only by his people but by all knowing ultimate supreme power, Allah Subhan watt Allah.

This episode was comparatively gentler and had a delicate touch too. Turgut and Marie’s wedding and before that exchange of dialogue between Osman and Kosses were the highlight of Muslim tradition.

Gundoz and Osman’s brawl was a humane touch too. As was Sheikh’s disciple protecting him from the torture by throwing himself on Sheik Edabali when Wazir Alem shah’s goon starts his lashing.

This episode was full of struggles and fights with bit less intensity. It could be because Osman bey came out of Inegol unharmed and accomplished or because it had a few romantic scenes between Turgut and Marie or Cherkuty and crazy girl. Even Shekh Edabali is released without much harm, Kunor and Kosses are one step forward to learning Osman bey better to make an alliance with him. All in all it was bit relaxed, with a good clifhanger that left us all wondering how it will end with Osman bey and Wazir under his sharp sword.

History is my favorite subject and Kurlos Osman has brought it all as a reality to enjoy it in picture. Hard to wait for the next one.

Written by: Romana Nisar.


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Kurulus Osman Season 3 Episode 76 Review by Romana Nisar.

This Historic drama team deserves a round of applause for bringing the important characters of History to light. Making all those participants in the building of Ottoman Empire seen and felt in 21st century.

The way Osman thinks and then persues his plans is unparallel to any other drama. He was seriously wounded but did not lose his mind. Quick thinking saved him and thus all things related. He seeks refuge in the mine, treats his wounds, and the way he Thanks Allah after eating that measly food, (the snake) and the water dripping down the cave wall, was epic.

God is everywhere for everyone, but only the chosen ones can see. He did remind me of King Bruce of Scotland who gathered his courage from a spider. When defeated and lost everything.

In grand things of His plans, only a man with faith, character, discipline, hard work, and loyal friends can achieve what Kurlos Ossoman did. We must appreciate Mehmat Buzdaak and his team of writers for showing the struggles he went through. Nothing comes easily in life. The bigger the goals, the bigger the price.

Another important factor that caught my eye was the character depiction of the traitor, Wazir Elishah. A contrast of character we see more in Muslim history. A cunning, conniving, plotter and power hungry selfish man in the role of Wazir Elishah who will eventually fall down because a brave man of faith, who only thinks about his nation never fails. Men like Osman go through hard ships of betrayal and temporary set backs by selfish people but in the end, victory belongs to them.

One who conquers NFAS, conquers all. Wazir Elisha is not stupid but since his motives are selfish, he will get nothing but shame. Lesson of ummah is to use your talent for the uplift of all. When we all work together, we attract more people in persute of greater goodness. When we want only personal gains, even our friends leave us. That’s how Osman is gaining more support from Cosses and soon we will see Cunar joining him too.

I must not forget another twist in the story. Gundoz and Aisha helping Wazir in his plan to handover Marie to Nikola. Gundoz has good intentions but made a very bad choice. A real leader has to keep his wits about. That’s what Osman is. Wisdom does not come with age. He was youngest of three and built an empire over 4 continents. He had a very wise head on his shoulders, a heart of gold and nerves of steal.
What a pleasure to watch history made in 11th /12th centuries as if it’s happening now. Or maybe it will.

Written by: Romana Nisar.


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