Hyderabad: Korean dramas or K-dramas have taken India by storm ever since the country went into one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns last year.
According to a Netflix report, between 2019 and 2020, viewership of K-dramas in India had increased by 370 per cent. Between March 2020 and March 2021, six K-dramas, including the second season of Kingdom, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, and Crash Landing On You, were on Netflix’s “Top 10 Trending” list.
For many, the affair began with one of the 500 Korean offerings available on Netflix: Boys Over Flowers, Descendants of the Sun, Reply 1988, Kingdom, and Sky Castle.
According to fans, K-dramas are better than Indian soaps since they are not too long, not too short. There are usually only 16-20 episodes. The shows look very Indian in their mood and emotions.
India’s Zee Group-owned satellite service provider Dish TV launched a daily package for 1.3 rupees (less than 2 cents) where customers could access Korean dramas dubbed in Hindi. Popular streaming platform MX Player offered K-dramas dubbed in Hindi and two regional languages, Tamil and Telugu.
Amazon Prime too recently caught the K-wave in India announcing ten Korean shows including popular titles like True Beauty, The Penthouse, and Mr. Queen, which are not available on Netflix.
New K-dramas to watch in December
1. Our Beloved Summer
Parasite’s Choi Woo-shik and Kim Da-mi of Itaewon Class are teaming up for a very different kind of story in the romantic comedy Our Beloved Summer. Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera – and into each other’s lives.
Watch it on: Netflix
2. The Silent Sea
The Silent Sea is Korea’s first-ever moon-set drama. Featuring Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, and Lee Joon in the main cast, this eight-part drama promises to boldly go where no other K-drama has gone before. The story is set in the near future where the earth’s water and food supplies are threatened by desertification. A team is formed by the space agency to travel to the moon and retrieve a mysterious sample from an abandoned research station.
Watch it on: Netflix
Snowdrop is known to be adapted from the handwritten notes of a man who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea. In 1987, a man covered in blood jumped into a female college dormitory when tear gas blasted like fireworks. Then, a female student tries to hide him and takes care of him. Since then, they have developed a romantic relationship.
Watch it on: Disney Plus
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