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“Korean Version Of PALAT”: K-Drama Youth Of May Reminds Indians Of DDLJ

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A Korean drama named Youth of May has grabbed the attention of many Indians after a particular scene that reminded them of the famous Bollywood film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

In the fourth episode of the show, Hwang Hee-tae (Lee Do-hyun) and Kim Myung-hee (Go Min-si) bid farewell to each other. When Kim turns away from Hwang, he hopes her to turn back. He is seen chanting “look back, look back” because apparently, that is how her love for him will be confirmed. Kim doesn’t disappoint and turns back to look at Hwang. He then confesses his love for her.

This scene reminds many of the popular ‘Palat’ scene from 1995’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge film. Famous Bollywood star and Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are in a romantic conundrum when Kajol has to leave him and board a train. Khan’s character Raj hopes for Simran to turn back and keeps saying under his breath, “Palat, Palat” (look back). When she turns back, Raj is confirmed that Simran does love him back.

Indian social media were seen talking about the Youth of May episode as they said that it gave them “DDLJ vibes”. Some called it the Korean rip-off of a famous Bollywood trope and felt offended by it while others rejoiced that a K-drama took inspiration from a Hindi movie. The scene made some k-drama fans in India closer to the Hallyu, the k-drama wave.

The k-drama features other stars Lee Sang-yi and Keum Sae-rok in lead roles. Youth of May according to its director Min-yeob is based on “universal stories of love, sadness and hate among people” during the chaotic times of May 1980.

“It’s not about a specific incident. It’s about the stories of the people who lived during that time,” the director added.