THE PERFORMANCE | Since discovering Burcu Biricik in Hayat Şarkısı, we have remained huge fans, particularly because of her chameleon-like abilities to fit into any role that comes her way.
During her multi-episode arc in Kırmızı Oda, the über-talented actress showed her fantastic dramatic chops yet again in bringing her character, Boncuk, to life. Boncuk, like other guest-star characters before her, had experienced a traumatic event that thrust her life in a downward spiral, hallucinations included.
Leading up to the character's swan song, Boncuk had made several stops to Doctor Hanım, the show's lead shrink, and in the course of her visits, we learned some chilling details about her childhood. Having a non-judgemental outlet, by way of Doctor Hanım, that listened to what she believed to be real temporarily brought Boncuk out of her own little world. In that world, her unresolved childhood trauma had created an alternative reality where she was to be given away to another groom, and her suitor-to-be and his family were to show up any day.
As her story progressed, Boncuk's imaginary partner, a lad named Can, eventually shows up adorned in all the elements that made her feel happy, and most importantly, safe, thus further blurring the lines of what is real and what isn't for Boncuk.
As Boncuk became more and more aware of her surroundings, Burcu hopped from one acting range to the other, taking us viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride along the way. In Can, Boncuk had found comfort, and as she danced away her sorrows in the arms of an imaginary Can, her eyes were opened to a new Can-less reality. With the character's greatest nightmare – Can's disappearance – eventually coming through, Burcu was awarded an opportunity to shine, and she did so –– phenonemally.
With every line delivery, every thoughtful twitch, Burcu flawlessly inhabited Boncuk's trauma from start to finish, and in doing so, she brought us to uncontrollable tears. In true Burcu fashion, she did a remarkable job connecting us to Boncuk on a personal level, in turn, having us revisit our childhood for traces of unresolved traumas that may subconsciously be manifesting in our lives today.
When you have an actress as brilliant as Burcu Biricik on a show as brilliant as Kırmızı Oda, the end result is, of course, pure brilliance.
What more is left to say but Iyi ki varsin, Burcu Hanım.