Doctors #AToZChallenge

Doctor Crush/ Doctors

You never know who would influence you so much that it changes the course of your life itself. When you meet them for the first time, you just know the person’s about to bring out the best in you.  Years later, you realize what a miracle it was to have them in your life.

The role of a teacher or mentor is great- the one person that can show you the path you’d want to follow, the one person who can change your perspective and your life if you ever allow. In ‘Doctors’ the female lead character played by Park Shin Hye is influenced by her homeroom teacher to make something out of her life, and leave behind the careless wayward ways. You are lucky if you have a guide, who shows never tells; who acts never preaches and in turn inspires you to take the reins of your own life. He saves you from your own self-imposed doom, the reckless and uncertain future. He gives you something to look forward to in life- a dream, a wish to fulfill, an aim to work upon, and an ambition to chase. He lets you into the world of your own talents and passions and teaches you how to use them productively. In ‘Doctors’ too I really do love the role of the teacher.

My personal favorite scene- life feels awesome, a blessing.

It’s a medical drama, set in hospitals showcasing the life of medical interns, junior and senior surgeons and other medical professionals. It has a very detailed professional backdrop and the story is about the journey in the life of the female lead from being a nuisance in teenage years to being a well-acclaimed doctor. It’s about female friendships that thrive in the toughest times; about repressed love from the past that knocks on your doors once again ten years later; about healthy ambition and competition in the medical world and about the under the table secrets and corruption in the higher hierarchies in the hospitals. It is also about love, heartbreak, and jealousy that thrive amidst all this.

The leads
Hindi Equivalent: Though ‘Sanjivani’ and ‘Dil Mil Gaye’ are some of the noteworthy ones in Indian Medical Drama, I don’t really remember it that well. There was another that had the similar feel as ‘Doctors’ towards the start and the leads had an age gap of more than 10 years- ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’- tough it lost its freshness soon and became stereotypical.

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