Korean serials, the Tamil way

Updated - November 02, 2014 12:18 pm IST

Published - November 02, 2014 02:39 am IST - CHENNAI:

A shot from Korean serial 'IRIS'

A shot from Korean serial 'IRIS'

For connossieurs of world cinema, Korean films are somewhere on the top of a list of favourites. More recently, even Korean serials seem to have found their fans in Chennai.

Pudhuyugam channel could have scarcely anticipated such an overwhelming response to its move of telecasting a Korean serial dubbed in Tamil. But it sure has been popular, and the channel has reportedly gone on to run two other Korean dramas.

The popularity of this fare is pretty obvious, considering the series plays at two key night slots.

“These are romantic comedies, action stories, essentially. And, in my opinion, a huge change from most of our Tamil and Hindi serials, with the plotting and sinister scheming. They seem so refreshing in comparison,” says Priya, a young teacher. She says she was a big fan of IRIS, an espionage drama that had a fair dose of romance.

As for Kamala, a senior citizen in T. Nagar, she got hooked through sheer chance, while browsing. “I watch serials in all languages, even in Telugu which I do not understand. I also watch all the Hindi serials dubbed in Tamil. So, why not Korean? Of course, it is meant for a younger audience, but for me it is time-pass in the evenings,” she says.

A couple of months ago, another series, a romcom, Playful Kiss was introduced. The television channel’s website is already flooded with requests from viewers to upload the serial on YouTube so they can catch missed episodes.

The K-Series, as the channel has branded these serials, certainly are not ‘mega’. “That they are (relatively) short and sweet is one of the draws,” Priya adds.

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