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.
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.
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.
Unlike most of the K-Dramas whose stories are fictional, ‘The Hymn of Death’ is based on true events of the past. This drama beautifully portrays the devastating love story between playwright Kim Woo-jin (also Kim U-jin) and soprano Yun Sim-deok. It has a total running time of approximately three hours in the form of 6 episodes which is quite short when compared to a regular K-Drama. ‘The Hymn of Death’ also known as the ‘Death Song’ is a romantic tragedy drama that beautifully depicts the painful yet realistic love story. The cast is meticulously chosen which consists of Lee Jong-suk as Kim Woo-jin and Shin Hye-sun as Yun Sim-deok.
I recently finished watching W – Two Worlds for the first time – four years after its release. Coaxed into trying it despite my reservations and initial hesitation, I soon realized it was going to be a memorable one that would find a spot in my folder of ‘Best dramas of all time’.
Kim Joo-young, a character in the drama sets the perfect mood for this drama. With a beautifully woven but intense plot line and an equally remarkable acting endeavor, this drama was meant to be one of the record-breakers in viewership. This JTBC drama started airing in November 2018. This article doesn’t consist of any spoilers so you can read it till the end!
My ID is Gangnam Beauty follows the life of Kang Mi-rae, post her plastic surgery and her journey of realizing and dealing with her insecurities. It stars Im Soo-hyang as Kang Mi-rae and Cha Eun-woo as Do Kyung-seok in the lead roles. This K-Drama aired in 2018 and became an instant hit with its light but strong portrayal of the social issues like sexism and discrimination based on beauty standards.
An evocative story of an underdog’s revenge recipe set in the backdrop of a society where the ‘strong prey on the weak’ – JTBC’s ‘Itaewon Class’ is definitely not your ordinary tale of vengeance.
Sanskriti Saxena, Delhi: The 2019 KBS drama ‘When the Camellia Blooms’ focuses on the daily lives of people in a small town of Ongsan, amidst an unsuspecting threat. Oh Dong-baek is a single mother played by Gong Hyo-jin. Hwang Yong-sik is a police officer played by Kang Ha-neul.