Adapted from the South Korean drama, Mianhada Saranghanda – translated as “I’m sorry, I love you” – Bir Ask Hikayesi centres around a young man named Korkut Ali (Gohar Ali in the Urdu version) played by Turkish actor, Seckin Ozdemir. Korkut has led a very unfortunate life: he was left at the doorstep of an orphanage by his parents in Istanbul, adopted and abandoned again by his foster parents, readopted by another couple who lost their lives in a road accident after moving to Germany. Since then, the young boy had been on his own, living on the streets of Stuttgart and turning to crime to make himself a living.
After his long-term girlfriend, Asli (Ashley, in the Urdu version) dumps him in favour of a rich businessman, Yilmaz, who was like his elder brother, Korkut is heartbroken. On their wedding day, a shooter attempts to kill Yilmaz, but accidentally two bullets catch Korkut, instead. Both bullets are caught inside his brain; while doctors manage to remove one bullet easily, the other one is not removed because the risk was too high. Because of the bullet, Korkut is predicted to die soon. With no other purpose left in his life, Korkut leaves Stuttgart for his native Istanbul, and vows to find his mother – not to find comfort and love in the last days of his life, but to seek revenge.
When Korkut arrives in Istanbul, he, with the help of a TV program, manages to find part of his family: his twin sister, her son and their caregiver. Korkut’s twin sister, Emine (Amna), played by Gunes Sayin, suffered an accident at a young age, after which she became mentally unstable. She and her son, Umut (Umar) – played by child actor Taha Yusuf Tan – sell snacks on the street to make themselves a living. The dismal state of his sister’s life fuels Korkut’s desire for revenge even more.
Meanwhile in another, more prosperous quarter of Istanbul, a famous singer, Gonul Karanli (Gulnar in the Urdu version) – played by the famous Turkish singer, Zuhal Olcay – and her son Tolga – played by Yamac Telli – are living the life of dreams. Popular around Turkey, Gonul and Tolga are treated like stars everywhere, and seem to have the perfect life – but they, too, have some deep and dark secrets that, despite their attempts, could not stay buried for too long. In a quarter abutting their expansive home, lives Gonul’s trusted driver, Tahsin – played by Ayberk Pekcan – and his family, including his eldest daughter, Ceylan – played by seasoned Turkish actress Damla Sonmez – who is also the heroine of the story.
Soon all three of these stories become tightly intertwined with only one common denominator: Korkut Ali.