No matter what time of day or night, when you turn on Turkish television you are quite likely to be in the middle of Kadir Inanir film. This is no surprise since this actor starred in 182 films ( as well as 7 television series. Obviously, despite having to work with some poor material throughout his career, this is an actor that enjoys his profession.
Probably one of his best films, Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim, (The Girl with the Red Scarf) based on the novel, "Yol Arkadasi," by Chingiz Aitmatov, won the Golden Orange award for best director and won second place for best film in 1978. Not a masterpiece, to be sure, but certainly above average in terms of acting and storyline. Inanir, in this film, stars with another famous Turkish actor, Turkan Soray.
When a passing trucker sees a girl wearing a red scarf and falls in love with her, he names his truck after her. Later he marries her. In so doing, he rescues her from poverty. He loses his driving job because of an illegal act of kindness and is forced to become a mechanic. His despair having driven him to drink, the woman finds living with him unbearable, and he turns to another for comfort. She herself leaves home and meets a gentle man whom she comes to care for. Later, she is confronted by a choice between her husband and the new man. She leaves the decision up to her son, and he chooses the best possible man to be his father. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide
His classic good looks have allowed him to make the sometimes difficult transition from early romantic leads to character actor today. For your contributions to Turkish cinema, Kadir Inanir, we salute you.
Below is a short clip from one of his films, which can give you a general idea of his appeal and charisma.