Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Tune in for Love, formerly known as “Yoo Yeol’s Music Album”, is a South Korean romantic movie, released in 2019, that portrayed how love matures over the years as the couple meet, part, and meet again owing to their circumstances. The movie has Jung Hae-in and Kim Go-eun starring as the main leads and is directed by Jung Ji-Woo. This movie is a beautiful ode to the era of the 1990s, as the story is set in that time period.
Anushree Taparia, Hyderabad: Post Post Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, also known as Goblin, I was awestruck by the lead actor Gong Yoo, so I decided to watch his other works. This is how I chanced upon Coffee Prince, also known as The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, that aired way back in 2007. Based on a novel of the same by Lee Sun-mi, the drama stars Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in the lead.
Sonali Sharma, Tezpur, Assam: Girl group MAMAMOO’s Ahn Hye-jin, better known by her stage name Hwasa, took the fans by surprise when she joined the original soundtrack lineup of SBS’s The King: Eternal Monarch and released her first-ever solo OST titled ‘Orbit’ on April 19, 2020.
Abhipsha Rana, Kolkata, West Bengal: Extracurricular is a K-drama released on Netflix on April 29, 2020. The story revolves around the life of a high school student who gets steeped into the world of serious crime and illegal activities and starts living a double life while mitigating the crime world and high school.
Seema, Delhi: K-drama Strong Woman Do Bong-soon is an extraordinary tale of a girl, Do Bong-soon, who is born with a superpower that is passed down to her genetically, but she must keep it a secret. This show is a commendable take on gender roles. As the roles are reversed, Do Bong-soon finds herself take up the job of a bodyguard, assigned to protect the CEO of a gaming company against an unknown threat, while simultaneously struggling to protect her loved ones from another danger that is lurking in the town.
Gauran Sharma, Delhi: Hospital Playlist, a medical drama is one of the best coming-of-age dramas that has realistically portrayed the lives of doctors while retaining the charm of each character’s personality. I have recently finished watching it. It aired from March 12 to May 28, 2020.
Sanskriti Pun, Delhi: A masterpiece in itself, this drama won the Korea Brand Awards in the K-Culture Pride category and also fetched numerous awards at different award shows. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a 20-episode series that aired in 2016. It narrates the tragic tale of a young girl from the 21st century who is transported to the Goryeo Dynasty and finds herself caught between the politics that governs the royal household.
Tahoora Charfare, Pune, Maharashtra: It’s about the time, when we take a look towards a new and fascinating form of entertainment and watch something beyond the conventional sappy serials. The interesting world of K-Dramas will leave a cultural impact on you, and in no time it will grow on you, and leave you more and more interested.
Hotel Del Luna is a 2019 fantasy and comedy series that narrates the story of the residents of a mystical hotel located in the heart of Seoul. A place not meant for humans but ghosts and spirits preparing for their journey to the afterlife, the hotel is managed by a short-tempered woman who has been compelled to cater to the dead. Starring Lee Ji-eun (IU) and Yeo Jin-goo in the lead, Hotel Del Luna became the highest-rated drama TvN drama in 2019.
My K-Drama journey began with the highly popular Descendants of the Sun that aired in 2016. Starring Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo in the lead, the 16-episode series garnered attention and praise upon its release. It was my friend who suggested watching the drama but declared upfront, “You will love this show, but Yoo Shi-jin (the character played by Song Joong-ki) is mine.” At that time, I brushed off the claim with a nonchalant, “Yeah, whatever. It is just a character. Relax.” But little did I realise that I was soon to be a part of this beautiful journey and be charmed by what I was about to watch.