Korean dramas, popularly known as K-dramas, are taking the world by storm, and audiences here in Bangladesh are not immune to the allure. For years, aside from home-grown tele-fictions and movies, most Bangladeshis have adored American TV shows and Indian serials as their source of entertainment.
But with the boom of the Hallyu Wave, which refers to the global popularity of South Korea's cultural economy exporting pop culture, entertainment, music, TV shows and movies, and the easy access to Netflix, the young generation of Bangladesh is getting more and more invested in K-dramas. Despite the name, not every K-drama is a dramatic show, though many of them have suspenseful elements to keep viewers intrigued.
When I asked my fellow Bangladeshi K-drama fans about the reason they were drawn to the genre and why they fell in love with it in the first place, most of them said they got introduced to this form of entertainment through their friends and family and instantly fell in love with the intense and heart wrenching plots, the relatable family and friendship dynamics, the catchy songs, and most of all, the talented actors. K-dramas often have specific scenes of "fan-service", which are included specifically for the fans to swoon and squeal over, where a male actor might be showing off his physique or the female protagonist may be beating up the bad guys, breaking gender stereotypes. These shows usually have 16 to 20 episodes, jam-packed with plot twists and shocking reveals. They are easy to binge watch in a day or two, which leaves viewers craving for more.