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Emergence of K-dramas In India


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.

Emperor Of The Sea

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.

Jewel In The Palace

 

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

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SS501 Heo Young Saeng’s Words on my lips


Words on my lips by Heo Young Saeng is from the drama Fermentation Family.Hope you’ll like it.

Crime Squad


Title: 강력반 / Kangryukban / Crime Squad
Chinese Title : 强力班 / 重案组
Also known as: Homicide / Detectives in Trouble
Genre: Action, crime, police
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-07 to 2011-Apr-26
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

 

Synopsis

This drama focuses on a group of detectives in the Seoul Gangnam Police Homicide Division who solve crimes based on real life cases with their variety of skills and investigative methods. At the forefront of the team is the impulsive and hotheaded detective Park Se Hyuk and the cold, commanding police chief, Jung Il Do. Park Se Hyuk’s passion for his work and rough personality results in a tendency to take action first before thinking later, in contrast with Jung Il Do’s by-the-book style. However, his greatest weapon is an instinctive knowledge of a criminal’s tricks and mental workings that he gained from his father, the legendary thief, and his own childhood in the streets. Together with the other members of a special team formed to catch Lupin, a notorious burglar, he juggles work with his own personal quest to find his father and confront his older brother, a crooked detective.

Cast

Song Il Gook as Park Se Hyuk
Lee Jong Hyuk as Jung Il Do
Song Ji Hyo as Jo Min Joo
Park Sun Young as Heo Eun Young
Sun Woo Sun as Jin Mi Sook
Sung Ji Roo as Nam Tae Shik
Kim Joon as Shin Dong Jin
Jang Hang Sun as Team Leader Kwon
Lee Min Woo as Lee Dong Jin
Oh Yong
Baek Seung Hee
Hwang Kwang Hee (황광희) (cameo)

Cast Description

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Jung Hae Ryong
Producer: Yoon Sung Shik (윤성식), Lee Eun Jin (이은진)
Director: Kwon Gye Hong
Screenwriter: Park Sung Jin (박성진), Heo Ji Young (허지영)

Episode Ratings

 

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2011-03-07 1 6.7 7.5 (20th)
2011-03-08 2 6.3 (<7.7)
2011-03-14 3 6.9 (<8.4)
2011-03-15 4 7.3 (20th) 8.1 (19th)
2011-03-21 5 6.7 (<8.9)
2011-03-22 6 7.4 (<8.6)
2011-03-28 7 8.1 (19th) 8.8 (17th)
2011-03-29 8 8.6 (16th) 9.7 (14th)
2011-04-04 9 7.7 (20th) 8.1 (19th)
2011-04-05 10 7.8 (17th) 8.5 (13th)
2011-04-11 11
2011-04-12 12
2011-04-18 13
2011-04-19 14
2011-04-25 15
2011-04-26 16

 

Source: TNS Media Korea

Notes

Kim Seung Woo was originally cast in the role of Jung Il Do, but dropped out for personal reasons a month before the show’s premiere and was replaced by Lee Jong Hyuk.

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Official Site

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Watch Online with Chinese Subtitle

 

[Fancam]Ku Hye Sun @ 2011 Seoul Motor Show Fansign Event


 

Lee Min Ho – Twitter Update 05/04/2011


http://yfrog.com/gycmmoxj

 

Lee Young Ae Confirmed Pregnant


This was a very well kept secret – until her father spilled the beans!

The folks at Lady Kyunghang magazine first reported that Lee Young Ae was pregnant in their August issue, citing the actress’s father as the source. Lee’s agency was then forced to confirm that the actress was in fact four months pregnant.

“It is true that she is pregnant and we were going to inform the press at an adequate time because this is when a pregnant woman is most cautious but it seems like the news has gone out through her father,” the agency official stated in an interview with Asia Economic Daily.

In the magazine, Lee’s father said that the very elated family only recently found out about the pregnancy, and that they did not know the sex of the baby yet.

Lee Young Ae is well known for her role as Jang Geum in the 2003 hit drama series, “Dae Jang Geum”. She is currently getting a doctoral degree in cinema and theater at Hangyang University. She is also doing some light work on the side, appearing in television commercials. Lee wed in Hawaii last year, to a Korean-American businessman.

Source: Asiae and  Soompi

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