Just when you might think I’m taking a break from romcoms on Netflix, I’m here to talk about another series that combines new and old ideas in romance. People laugh at me for admitting I grew up watching Hindi daily soaps on TV, but they provided pure entertainment even if they didn’t make me more productive or sharper.
Millions of people still watch Hindi series on TV or online. The content has changed over time. I’ve seen romance in Bollywood, Hollywood, and other Indian and international films. There’s a common theme in almost every movie: rich guy-poor girl (and sometimes rare poor guy-rich girl) love stories. The plot varies from film to film but generally involves how they meet, fall in love, and convince their families.
The Plot of Business Proposal:
Shin Ha-ri and Jin Young-seo were childhood best friends. Shin Ha-ri worked as a food scientist at Go Food while also helping manage her parents’ small chicken fry shop. Meanwhile, Jin Young-seo spent a lot of time with Shin Ha-ri and her family since she didn’t have the same family support – her father was a well-established businessman.
Jin Young-seo’s father forced her to go on blind dates with men from wealthy families. She refused to persuade him otherwise and instead relied on her friend Shin Ha-ri to help her get rejected after the date. Jin asked Shin to go on a blind date with Kang Tae-moo, who was also being pressured by his grandfather, Kang da-goo, to meet new women. Shin got ready for the date and prepared herself mentally for an outstanding performance.
Shin Ha-ri was acting vain in front of Kang Tae-moo, which gave him every reason to reject her. She was terrified to discover that he was actually the CEO of the company where she worked. However, she found relief in knowing that the CEO rarely spoke with common employees. Just when Shin Ha-ri thought her mission had been successful, she learned that her friend’s marriage had been arranged with Kang Tae-moo. He decided to settle down with his fake date to avoid being sent on more blind dates by his granddad.
Kang Tae-moo’s childhood friend and secretary, Cha Sung-hoon, discovered the true identity of Jin Young-seo. However, Shin Ha-ri’s real identity remained unknown. Shin Ha-ri was deceived by a friend into meeting her boss again, where she introduced herself as Shin Geum-hui (the name of a popular TV show’s female lead). Kang Tae-moo offered to pay Shin Ha-ri a large sum of money to act as his girlfriend in front of his grandfather. Despite some initial challenges, Shin Ha-ri eventually got along well with the grandfather.
Kang Tae-moo fell for Shin Ha-ri while pretending to be her boyfriend. She was a hard-working employee who stood out with her dedication and innovative ideas, taking the company to new heights. Kang Tae-moo planned to propose when he learned her true identity but chose to make it challenging for her by having her work at Go Food and pretend to be Shin Geum-hui instead of confronting her in person.
One night, while super drunk, she confessed her true identity to Kang Tae-moo and expressed frustration about hiding the truth. After learning the reality of Shin Ha-ri, Kang Tae-moo’s grandad disapproved of their relationship. He tried bribing her to leave the company or take a transfer to the warehouse. Suddenly he fell extremely sick; Kang Tae-moon took him to the US for treatment while Shin Ha-ri stayed back. A year later, they reunited and Kang Tae-moo proposed with a ring in hopes of getting married soon.
Jin Young-seo left her father’s house to be independent and coincidentally found an apartment next to Cha Sung-hoon’s place. They fell in love at first sight, but hit a rocky road after the blind date fraud was exposed. After some persuasion, they got together. Jin Young-seo decided to pursue her own business idea that she had been thinking about for a long time and left her father’s firm because he didn’t accept their relationship.
Business Proposal is a lighthearted series that’s enjoyable to watch, with some emotional moments sprinkled throughout. I particularly liked Shin Ha-ri’s character for her resilience in dealing with heartbreak from a close friend and acting too vain on a blind date. The other three characters are also intriguing. Overall, I’d rate it 4 out of 5 stars for providing entertainment during a stressful time in my life. Although there hasn’t been any news about season two yet, I hope the show continues for more seasons to come.
The only issue is that the current series tells a great story without leaving you on a cliffhanger at the finale. This makes me wonder if there will be another season of Business Proposal.
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