Life was same for me every sunday morning.Wake up a little late,have some breakfast,watch DD(DoorDarshan Public Broadcaster of India).But,one day I noticed something unusual.A fighting sequence so well choreographed that I could hardly take my eyes off of it.Well i was a kid,almost 12-13 years old and was used to watch only DD at that point of my life so the fighting sequence struck me instantly.I thought it must be a movie but as i watched it further it turned out to be a Korean Drama dubbed in Hindi.The title was “समुद्र के बादशाह” (The Emperor of the Sea).The famous Historical Drama totally grew on me,exciting plot,some amazing fight sequences,great OST,high production value.Further it was dubbed in hindi which made life easy for a young 12 year old me.I would now wait for sundays,it was broadcasted at around 10 am so had to wake up early.
My joy doubled during that period when DD started to broadcast another Historical Korean Drama “घर का चिराग”(Jewel In The Palace).This time my family joined me in too as it was aired in the 8-9pm slot on weekends.It became a routine and everyone in my house would complete/leave their chores to catch a glimpse of one of the finest show of the recent times.Everyone i talked to in school(people who still had DD as their primary source of entertainment) got addicted to the drama.My friend and i would discuss the story and sing the opening track.
We thought that the dramas would go on and on for years just like our Desi daily soaps(i like’em too) but they ended and so did my short affair with k-dramas.After few years we got DD DTH Dish installed at our house.It only had 59 channels and one of them was KBS World.I thought it was just another random foreign channel airing only news and stuff and ignored it completely.But my sisters somehow figuered it out how it worked and got hooked to it.After that our life was completely changed.It was like winning a lottery of k-dramas for me.KBS also was kind to us and broadcasted some of the old hits like Emperor of The Sea and I’m sorry,I love you.We watched a bunch of shows, I can’t even remeber the names right now.The one i would like to especially mention is the Boys Over Flowers.That show totally blew our minds.On Orkut we had a small community of people who liked KBS world, would talk about it day and night.The OSTs of the show were so refreshing to us that it instantly made us fall in love with them.As we explored further we got to know about k-pop,idols,bands,actors.Sadly our short lived happiness was over when KBS stopped broadcasting in India.I still remeber the days,we sat in front of our TV and waited for something to air on it.We waited few days , we thought it was some technical issue but things never changed.We signed some petitions,wrote some mails to get the channel back but nothing happened.Like always we were left with no choice but to accept or fate.We could not even get to complete the BOF series.You can not understand the amount frustation we went through.
Somehow,after few months we got to know that KBS has re-started its broadcast in India but this time it was on a private DTH.I somehow was able to convince my parents to get me the new DTH and they agreed.My obsession with K-drama continued without any interruption.The emergence of K-pop on global level also helped me meet many K-drama followers in India.We switched from Orkut to Facebook.Have a larger fan base now.I also continued with my passion for k-dramas by putting up a blog.
K-dramas have a very large audience now in India.You can find DVD/CDs of your favourite dramas easily.I don’t know the number for how many people watch KBS but its still being aired so i assume it has a fair amount of viewership.The North-East states have a very huge base for korean dramas.BBC once did a little story on it and now i’m here writing this for Korean Cultural Center In India.I never imagined that my small little encounter on that sunday morning will lead me to set up this blog or meet new people,cover songs in Korean language ,watch korean movies.I would like to thank KCCI for holding this event.
Link to the BBC story:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-11525715
Synopsis Summary for The Musical Episode 1
Go Eun Bi is a student of medical university, but she is hooked on and fascinated musical theater. She always imagines herself performing on stage when in the classroom and school. Her idol is the famous musical actress Bae Kang-hee. When watching Kanghee live performance, she is touched by her singing and drops the tears.
After the performance, Bae Kang-hee encountered the president (chairman) and the son of president, Hong Jay. The president seems like want to match Kang-hee and Yoo Jin as a pair.
Hong Jae Yi returns from New York. Previously he was a talented musical composer, but now he starts to compose popular songs, all these seemed to be because of Bae Kang-hee. Jay Yi seems like afraid that if he continue to compose music for musical theater, he may meet with Kang Hee. So to avoid her, he gives up musical.
The day Jae Yi returned, he drinks with friends and drunk, lying on the side of the Han River. Go Eun Bi practices treble while walking, and stands beside the river to sing continuously, worse of all, sing badly. Jae Yi is awaken by her voice. Jae Yi tells her not to sing again, as she has sang wrongly and sounded wrongly. Eun Bi asks who is Jae Yi, why want to control how she sings. Jae Yi says he is the one who wrote the song. Eun Bi unbelievably asks is he the musical composer Hong Jae Yi, but continue to ridicule him that if he is Hong Jae Yi, then she must be Bae Kang Hee. Jae Yi rebuffs her that in short, a people as not talented as her don’t even can be a musical actor in dream.
Eun Bi is stimulated and hurt by Jae Yi’s words, decided to put down everything, she takes leave of absence from her study for one year to go and fulfill her dream of musical theater.
A year later, while working Eun Bi also participates in audition, and has failed for more than eighty times. There are only two more weeks away before she has to return to school, and her family is forcing her to quickly restart the study again. So Eun Bi is anxiously looking for opportunity, and finally saw in the newspaper that the musical of Bae Kang He “The Queen” is recruiting male choir actor. In order to participate in Kang Hee’s musical, Eun Bi decides to posing as a guy for audition. She is see through by Yoo Jin during the audition process. On the way home, she bumps into Sa Bok Ja (Christine played by Park Kyung-lim). Bok Ja says she just back from New York, and can teach Eun Bi singing and acting. But actually she herself is not a formal musical performers, and she also use the excuse to stay in Eun Bi’s house.
The musical “The Queen” is met with greet success, after discussing with the troupe on cooperation matter, investor Yoo Jin decides to give up on creating own musical, and to buy read-made works, and to hold an open audition to select and recruit actors and production staffs.
Yoo Jin, Yoo Jin’s girlfriend Seo Ra-Kyung, Bae Kang Hee and director have a meeting together. When discussing about the assessment for the selection activity, Kang Hee remembers Jae Yi.
Sa Bok Ja drunk at the dinner, Jae Yi forced to bring her home, while he calls Eun Bi who stays together with Bok Ja to come. Eun Bi calls Bok Ja as “teacher”, and is laughed by Jay Yi. After Jae Yi knows her intention to be a musical actress, he gives her a musical score, let her try to sing. On the sheet music there is no lyric, Jae Yi says can sing as she please according to her own experience.
Eun Bi compiles her experience during the audition and sing, Jae Yi feels that it’s good, and let her do it again. This time Eun Bi sings about the incident of meeting with Jae Yi one year ago. Jae Yi who is playing piano also recalls the event at that time.
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English subbed version is available for download from asiancinema.com
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For the ones who wants to watch it live, you can try the following links:
Link 1 (please use IE to open this link and you need to install an ActiveX (TVAnt) for first time viewing)
Link 2 (this is Gorealra offiicially launched by SBS, it’s a silverlight player so you might receive request to install/upgrade silverlight in your browser before watching)
* I am not sure if the above links work in every country but you might wanna try them if interested. Enjoy watching!
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Actress Goo Hye Sun showed off her bizarre side through a new selca.
On September 2nd, she tweeted “This night at 9:55 is the first broadcast of ‘The Musical‘. I’ve been working for this drama for a long time. I hope it goes well… Like this,” and attached the above photo.
In the picture, Goo Hye Sun is smiling brightly in front of the camera. However, her smile appears distorted in the picture.
Netizens responded with, “Goo Hye Sun can become broken like that“, “The best of bizarre photos“, and “Goo Hye Sun’s new image“.
Source: TV Daily via Nate