Aafreen Hossain, Delhi: If you have never watched any Korean drama before but are always intrigued when your friends continuously chat about them the whole day. Then worry not, just allow me to help you out there and introduce you to a whole new world. K-dramas are the Korean language TV series that have a variety of genres to choose from. After the recent Hallyu or Korean wave, Korean culture is increasingly getting popular among the youth across the world.
Sonal Naudiyal, Dehradun, Uttarakhand: Crash Landing on You is a 16-episode tvN series that stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in the lead. The romantic drama aired from December 14, 2019 to February 16, 2020, and became the third-highest-rated South Korean drama in cable television history.
Misha Bharti, Delhi: This is the drama where it all started and filled my monotonous life with so many bright colors. My journey into the world of K-dramas began with one of the most popular and renowned Korean drama ‘My Love from the Star’. I cannot forget my first experience of watching this drama that truly touched my heart, and now I am on an unstoppable journey of binge-watching K-dramas. This drama is a blend of emotions, love, friendship, fantasy, jealousy, and serenity.
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.
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.
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.