Just when you could possibly think that I am taking a break from romcoms on Netflix, I come talking about yet another series, which is a mix of both new and old ideas in romance. I find people laughing at me with their judgements when I say I have grown up watching Hindi daily soaps on TV. Yeah, maybe they weren’t making me any more productive or sharper in brain but, it was still pure entertainment.
Millions of people still do watch Hindi series on television or on web. With time, the type of content have changed… Over the years I watched romance in Bollywood (Hindi movies), Hollywood, and also in other Indian and international languages. Not sure who came up with what first, but there is definitely a common theme in romance which I have seen in almost every other movie- rich guy-poor girl and sometimes (rather, rarely) rich girl, poor guy love stories.
This is just the common template, how they meet, fall in love, convince their families-vary from movie to movie!
Shin Ha-ri and Jin Young-seo were best friends from childhood. Shin Ha-ri was a food scientist working in a company named Go food and helped in managing a small chicken fry shop own by her parents. Jin Young-seo, daughter of an well-established business man, wasn’t so lucky in the family department…She grew up spending a lot of time with Shin Ha-ri and her family.
Jin Young-seo’s father was forcing her daughter to go on blind dates with guys coming from other affluent families. Unwilling to convince her dad, she used to take help from her bestie Shin Ha-ri, so that the guys would reject her after the blind date.
Jin Young-seo requested Shin Ha-ri to go on one such blind date with a guy named Kang Tae-moo. He too was being black-mailed by his grand dad Kang da-goo for meeting new girls. Shin Ha-ri was dressed up, mentally prepared to pull off the best performance of her life.
Shin Ha-ri acted all vein in front of Kang Tae-moo, giving him every reason to reject her. She was petrified to find out that the guy was actually the CEO of the company she worked. Her only relief was that CEO would barely talk with the common employees.
Just when Shin Ha-ri was considering the mission to be successful, she came to know about her friend’s marriage getting fixed with Kang Tae-moo. He decided to settle down with his fake date to stop his grand-dad from sending him to more blind-dates.
Kang Tae-moo’s childhood friend, who was also his secretary, Cha Sung-hoon found out the real Jin Young-seo and however Shin Ha-ri’s true identity was yet to be exposed. Shin Ha-ri got tricked by her friend to meet her boss again, this time she introduced herself as Shin Geum-hui (name of the female lead in a popular tv show).
Kang Tae-moo offered a hefty amount of money to Shin Ha-ri to pretend to be his girlfriend in from his grandfather. Shin Ha-ri got along with the grandfather after some initial challenges.
Kang Tae-moo unknowingly fell for her while pretending to be her boyfriend. Shin Ha-ri was a very hard working employee, her dedication to work and innovative ideas were taking the company to the heights- which made her stand out in her job. Kang Tae-moo planned to propose her for real, when her true identity was exposed to him.
Instead of confronting her in person, he made it challenging for her to work in Go food and pretend to be Shin Geum-hui at the same time.
One night after getting super drunk she confessed her true identity to Kang Tae-moo and expressed how frustrated she felt about hiding the truth. After the knowing the reality of Shin Ha-ri Kang Tae-moo’s grandad did not approve of their relationship.
He tried to bribe her to leave the company, or to take a transfer to the warehouse. Suddenly he fell extremely sick, Kang Tae-moon took him to the US for treatment and Shin Ha-ri stayed back. After a year they both met and Kang Tae-moo proposed her with a ring in hopes to get married soon.
Jin Young-seo, on the other hand, left his father’s house to be independent. Coincidentally she found an apartment next to Cha Sung-hoon’s place. Even though it was love at first sight for both of them, they hit the rocky road after the blind date fraud was exposed. After some persuasion, they too got together. Jin Young-seo’s father didn’t accept the relationship, so she left his father’s firm and thought of working on her own business idea- which she had in her mind for long time.
Business Proposal is a light-hearted series. It’s definitely fun to watch with some emotional moments here and there. I loved the character of Shin Ha-ri, her resilient nature, her dealing with heart break from a long-term close friend or acting way-too-vein in the blind date. The other 3 characters are interesting too.
I’d give it a 4/5 rating for giving a good time during a tensed situation in my life. I hope that there would be more seasons to the show even though haven’t heard any news of season 2 yet.
Only thing is, the series as it is seems to tell a great story, it doesn’t leave you on a cliff-hanger on the series-finale… so makes me question, whether we will get another season of Business Proposal.