The Turkish series Aile/Family is about the passionate love and Family devotion of Aslan, the head of the Izmir mafia, and Devin, the ordinary psychologist. Directed by Ahmed Katiksiz and written by Hakan Bonomo, Aile (Family) is a series where love is more powerful than any other verdict. Aile brings the action and thriller environment of the mafia into the series with each episode.
Aile(Family) follows the story of Aslan and Devin, who cross each other paths on a plane where. Aslan finds it amusing how carefree and violent Devin is. With that, they continued to cross each other paths, with Aslan getting interested in Devin’s life.
With the progression of love between Aslan and Devin, there is also a massive revolt in Aslan’s family, where Aslan’s mother, Hulya Soykan, is the main villain.
Being a hypocritical woman, Hulya plots and draw cards to remove Devin from Aslan’s life which seems to go in vain in the series. With the controversial Family drama and the passionate Love, Aile progresses the story with 8 episodes with each episode about 2 hours long.
The Characters of Aile
Aslan Soykan is the Ismir mafia head and a shrew personality with a twisted family. Aslan being, the young son of the Soukan family, takes over the family business after his father’s death and looks over the mafia business while balancing the love life with Devin and his family.
Devin Aydin is a successful psychologist who lives her life on her terms without negotiating with anyone. Being raised without love and family issues, Devin navigates through her love life with Aslan by facing Aslan’s mother, Hulya Soykan.
Hülya Soykan, The narcissistic and vengeful personality of the Soykar family and the mother of Aslan, is the reason behind everything that happens in the Soykan family and Devin’s life. Being the power holder in the house of the Soykan Family, Hülya makes everyone follow the rules and obey her.
Cihan is the older brother of Aslan and is one of the most hated family members of the Soykan family. With the chaotic family and mother, Hülya, Cihan plays tactics.
Ibrahim Soykan is the Uncle of Aslan Soykan and the Brother of Yusuf Soykan who was the previous head of the Soykan Family. Ibrahim is in constant fierce competition with the Soykan family due to his frustration and his ego to become the upper hand over the Soykan family.
25 Best Aile Facts
1. The Cast of Aile
The Aile presented the talented cast of the Turkish drama industry with Kivanç Tatlituğ as Aslan Soykan and Serenay Sarikaya as Devin Aydin as the main leads whose love story is a bliss to watch. Along with that, Aile features Nur Sürer, Yüsra Geyik, Levent Ülgen, and Nejat İşle as the leads who add twists and turns through the series.
Nejat İşle and Serenay Sarikaya are sharing the screen for the second time after they starred together in the movie Ikimizin Yerine which was released in 2016.
2. Meaning of AILE
Aile in Turkish means family or wife. The series takes its name after the meaning and is also known as “Family”.With the storyline of family and Aslan’s devotion to his wife, Devin, the series lives up to the meaning of its name.
3. Aile adapted From the American SERIES
The Turkish action-thriller series Aile has been reported to be adapted from the American series The Sopranos, which is loved worldwide.
The Sopranos story follows the life of Tony Sopranos who is a New Jersey Mopster and balances his life between his criminal works and family while taking psychiatric help because of his mental state.
4. Serenay Sarıkaya replaced Özge Özpirinçci.
According to ShowTv, Turkish actress Özge Özpirinçci was the one to play the role of Devin Akin in the series. Still, as soon as the shooting of Aile started, Özge Özpirinçci dropped out from the cast of Aile, and the role was given to actress Serenay Sarikaya.
The Produce of Aile, Kerem Çatay, said that he decided that it would not be good to bring Özge Özpirinçci and Kivanç Tatlituğ again as they worked with each other previously in the series “Yakamoz S-245” and therefore gave the role of Devin to Serenay Sarikaya.
Özge Özpirinçci, on the other hand, was surprised after getting to know about the last-minute changes in the cast.
5. Kivanç Tatlituğ got admitted to the Hospital during the shooting of Aile
While shooting for Aile, during a scene, Kivanç Tatlituğ got worse and was rushed to the hospital. According to the doctors, he had food poisoning and was discharged within a day or two.
6. The reason why Hülya Soykan Became the Villain and a Vengreful Women
Hülya Soykan, The head of the house, is a woman of vengeance who can do anything to anyone who comes her way. She makes the rules to be followed and not to be broken, and those who break the rules get the taste of the power of Hülya Soykan, but there is a reason behind it.
Hülya, when married in the Soykan family at a young age Yusuf Soykan was made to follow a set of rules and had a hard time in marriage because of the treatment received from the family, which turned her into a narcissistic woman who loved to have the power of controlling everyone.
7. The Perfect Family Of Aslan
When Devin first met Aslan, she asked Aslan about his family, to which Aslan said he has a normal loving family, which is ironic as the series progressed and Devin learned about Aslan’s Family Soykan’s, it is nothing but a family of monsters, and mafia.No one in the family was normal, and everyone had the dark truths and ways of them which gets unfold in the series.
- Aslan Soykan, The younger one, had a split personality with anger issues and criminal ways.
- Hülya Soykan, The most dangerous woman in the Soykan Family and has a twisted personality and is obsessed with Aslan.
- Tolga Sayici, The Son-in-Law of Soykan and the double sider who leaks the insights of the family to the news and a betrayer to his wife.
- Ceylan Soykan, The daughter, is an ungrateful brat and goes on with her life without caring about family and reputation.
- Leyla Soykan Sayici, the wife of Tolga Sayici, is the one who hates her mother and the family rules yet is obliged to follow them.
- Ibrahim Soykan, the uncle of Aslan, is in the mafia and runs a barbeque. With dark methods and interference, he is the biggest threat to the Soykan family.
- Cihan Soykan is the brother of Aslan and the man who is termed a black hole of the Solykan family.
- Seher Soykan, the eldest member of the Soykan family, suffers from severe depression and is the lady who started the hate and vengeance in the Soykan family.
8. The Table
The table is one of the most important rituals in the Soykan Family. The table, which is nothing but the dinner table, is meant to be the most important thing, and no one is allowed to be late for the table, get up from the table in the middle, or miss it.
According to Aslan, His dad Yusuf Soykan wrote that the person who gets up from the table is eaten by the jackals.
9. The Rules of Soyakan FAMILY
The Soykan family is known for its rules. There were a set of rules which were also known as the Soykan Family Constitution.
Some of the rules which everyone had to follow were:-
- No one is allowed to miss the table or to be late for the table
- No one is allowed to post anything regarding the family on social media and have an account.
- No one is allowed to talk about work on the table.
- Every member who joined the family after marriage had to sign a marriage contract.
- The daughter-in Law of the family is not allowed to speak to the workers in the house.
- The cars were to be driven by the drivers, not by family members
10. Blood will shed if you perform treason with Soykan Family
Soykan is a family with a foundation of bloodshed. Hülya Soykan is a woman in the Soykan who can do anything to the person who comes after her family or children. She doesn’t solve the problems with words or meetings but with guns.
When Aslan’s ex-girlfriend Aysel approached Hülya regarding her abuse and being beaten by Aslan, she made Aysel into the accident by making her diverted into a deserted place, making her realize that it is of no use to threaten the Soykan.
Even Hülya is behind the death of her daughter Leyla Lover Denise whom she didn’t like, and she didn’t want Leyla to go against her.
11. The truth behind Cihan Soykan Birth
Cihan Soykan, the brother of Aslan and the son of Hülya Soykan, was thought to be a child of Hülya and Yusuf Soykan but it is not the truth.
Hülya had a love affair with Ibrahim Soykan, who is the brother of Yusuf Soykan, after her marriage, and Cihan is the child of Hülya and Ibrahim and not of Yusuf.
12. Yagmur Akin Bitter Past
Yagmur Akin, the sister of Devin, is the one who is shown as a supportive yet a girl of mysteries in the series.
Yet the mystery of her past unfolds in episode 7, where it is learned that Yagmur was an escort for Serhat Koruzade and had witnessed a murder while she was with Serhat as an escort which put her life in danger, leading to a war between the Koruzade and the Soykan family.
13. The happiest day of Cihan Soykan.
Cihan Soykan approached Devin for therapy sessions as he is not mentally stable after Yusuf Soykan’s death and family issues. When Devin asked Cihan in one of the sessions what was the happiest day in his life, Cihan replied that the day he died.
The story Cihan told Devin is that in childhood, when Cihan and Aslan went missing and went home, Hülya hugged Aslan tightly, that he nearly broke his ribs while Hülya slapped hard on Cihan’s back twice. Cihan craved the love of Hülya and tried hard to get acknowledged by her. When Cihan was beaten to death by his friend when they called him ignorant, Hülya hugged in in the hospital and said to him Cihan, you died.
Cihan told Devin, That day was the happiest day in his life; he wanted that moment to never end and even pretended to be dead in a hospital just to receive Hülya’s love.
14. Rice With sauce-The prejudice
When Aslan and Devin went to the seaport after the flight, Devin and Aslan had a bowl of rice to which Devin added sauce and told them it turned out tasty, don’t be prejudiced. When Aslan and Devin split their paths, Aslan at Volta, with his friends, ate the rice in the same manner, and when asked by his friends, Aslan answered the same way, which Aslan’s guard already knew why he did. So the rice with sauce was the start of Aslan and Devin’s love sparks.
15. Aslan Had severe migraine
Aslan was suffering from severe migraine and took medicines for it, but when the migraine got out of control, Aslan, in order to handle himself, turned into a monster and beat anyone to death. Aslan’s migraine is one of the biggest reasons behind his uncontrollable anger and frustrated personality.
15. Secret relationship of Ceylan and Atilla Ozilmaz
Ceylan Soykan, the daughter of Hülya Soykan, had a relationship with Atilla Ozilmaz, who is Aslan’s friend and business partner and a shrewd man. It is shown that Ceylan is always on the phone talking to someone and never reveals who it is, but Later on, it turns out to be Atilla or Ati.
Atilla though is using Ceylan to get the inside information on the Soykan family and Devin.
16. The reason Why Devin chose to be a psychologist
When Hülya asked Devin why she chose to be a psychologist as a profession, then Devin said that her reason was simple “To save people from their own families,” which was an amusement for Hülya.
According to Devin’s mother, Devin chose to be a psychologist because, as a child, she liked Funerals more than birthday parties which had unhappiness, and the profession of Devin is also based on the Unhappiness of the people.
17. The marriage contract of the Soykan family
As soon as the marriage of Aslan and Devin got fixed, Hulya came up with the marriage contract. According to her, it was necessary for the safety of Devin as well as for the family, but the marriage contract was not just a simple one.
Hulya, with her lawyer, made the contract not for the marriage to make sure that it hurts Devin’s ego so that she refuses to be a part of the Soykan family. The terms listed in the contract were:-
- All the wealth will belong to the owner, i.e., Aslan Soykar.
- If somehow Devin ad Aslan gets divorced, then Devin Akin will not ask for the compensation.
- All the accounts of Devin Akin after marriage will be under supervision.
- In the event of Divorce, Aslan Soykan will have custody of the child, and Mom Devin Akin, will only be allowed to meet the child if Aslan Soykar allows it.
- Under the Agreement, Devin Akin agrees not to enter establishments that are connected to the place of work of the Soykan Family.
- Devin Akin was not allowed to work in any business owned by the Soykan Family.
- In the event of the death of Aslan Soykan, Devin has to leave the Soykan family.
- During Marriage, Devin is not allowed to use any social media and not to post anything regarding Soykan Family.
- The marriage will be terminated if Devin tells anybody about the agreement.
- If Devin is found to be cheating on Aslan, she has to pay at least $10,00,000 to the Soyakan Family.
18. The Black roses-Meaning
When Cihan went to Devin to convince her to take therapeutic sessions with him, Cihan bought black roses, to which Cihan said The black roses are very gentle, and if their petals fall, then they change color in the same minute, they are crucified.
He added that no one understands them and leaves them to die, and if you put them in water, they live for two daysCihan by. Black Roses wanted to tell Devin that he is on the verge of death and wanted to live.
19. The meaning of writing on Aslan Mirror
When Devin went to the private home of Aslan for the first time, she came across a sentence written in Turkish on the mirror in front saying “Dunyanin En Teehlikeli Hayvani,” which is translated in English as ” The World’s most dangerous Animal.”
Aslan told Devin that it was a prank by her sister Ceylan.
20. Aile focus on various mental Heath problems
Aile not only focuses on family controversy and issues but also on mental health. Every character in Aile has one or the other mental health issue caused by stress and a broken family. In Devin’s family, her mother suffers from Bipolar disorder, and her sister from borderline personality disorder.
In the Soykan family, Yusuf Soykan had depression and died after he committed suicide.
Aslan had anger issues and migraine, Aslan’s brother Cihan suffered from depression, and grandmother Seher also had severe depression and denial of the fact that her son Yusuf was dead.
21. The reason why Aslan was called Lion in the series
In the series, the ones close to Aslan and even Aslan Calls him and refers to him as “Lion.”Most prominently, it is said by Aslan Uncle Ibrahim.
The reason why they call him Lion is that in English, the meaning of Aslan is actually “Lion,” and Aslan’s name was given to resemble that.
22. Reason why Hülya send the Name tag to Devin
The chairs of the table in the Soykan Family have the name tag of each family member stating which chair is shared by which member of the Soykan family, and only the chairs of the Soykan family have tags and are allowed to sit on the table.
Hülya sent a gift box to Devin which had the name tag of Devin as ” DEVIN S.” Devin found it disrespectful; Devin told Aslan that his mother Hülya was disrespecting her by making her surname of no meaning and Devin scratched the name tag, converting it to say only “DEVIN.”
On the other hand, Hülya knew that Devin would reply aggressively if she sent her the name tag and wanted to add more fire to the relationship between Aslan and Devin.
23. Reason Why Ibrahim Soykan was Threat to his own Soykan Family.
Ibrahim Soykan, the brother of Yusuf Soykan and the mafia, was jealous and on constant watch of the Soykan family. Ibrahim though from the Soykan family, hated the fact that his brother Yusuf was made the head of the main family and not him, which he hated even after Yusuf Soykan died.
The Other reason was that Hulya chose Yusuf instead of him. Ibrahim constantly meddled in the business of Aslan making sure none of his business plans of Aslan fulfilled.
24. The meaning Behind Leyla Soykan Tattoo
Leyla Soykan on her Right arm has a tattoo saying “Saudade,” which is a Portuguese term meaning – The feeling showing the exaltation of loss by love and longing, but it is also used as a term to describe happiness and sadness at the same time.
25. The Massive response to the story of Aile
Ever since Aile was released, it gained a lot of popularity. With an impressive storyline and a beautiful love story of Aslan and Devin, in the first episode, Aile received a rating of 5.89 and made it into second place at the top charts of EU and ABC 1 with a rating of 8.31.
Aile is an action thriller Turkish series with a love story of Aslan and Devin, which immerse you into the mafia world. The series, with its action, family drama, and not to forget its captivating background music, makes the whole viewership environment outstanding. Aile is not only one of the best Turkish dramas of 2023 but also a Drama that teaches what a family is and the virtues as it navigates through family controversies.