The television show Ghar Ka Chirag which means Lamp of the House is a Hindi version of the famous Korean television show named Dae Jang Geum. It is also popularly known as Jewel in the Palace. Lee Byung-hoon directed the serial. In Korea, the show was cast from 15th September 2003 to 23rd March 2004. However, in India, it aired on the channel DD National from 2007. It also gained a lot of popularity here. In Korea, it is the 10th highest rated drama serial of all times. The show is about an orphan girl who works as the kitchen cook. Later, she goes on to become the first female physician to the King.
The story’s background is in a time when women did not participate much in the society and its affairs. In this situation, the young cook Jang-geum moves ahead in life as she learns new things. She experiences things. Jang-geum goes to discover new tricks in cooking and later takes to medicine thus finding ways to cure the King of his illnesses. The story is not fiction but rather on the real story of Jang-geum the first female royal physician in the Joseon Dynasty. The show progresses with time as it showcases the effort of the protagonist.
The lead is played by Lee Young-ae who is an intelligent but introverted woman with a surging enthusiasm that allows her to be different from the rest. Since the time she loses her parents, she suffers a lot but overcomes all difficulties with her strong determination and perseverance. As strong-willed as she is, she strives to fulfill her goals. She is someone who will never look back. It is her skill and knowledge that lets her grow and become successful. She maintains her integrity and ethics and goes on to become the first female physician to the King. That is the reason why she was named Dae which means ‘the Great.'
The story of the show is highly inspiring. This is one of the many reasons why it was so famous in India and gained so much viewership when it was aired on Doordarshan. The show has also seen a lot of commercial success. It worked a lot in countries like China, Taiwan, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and many others including India. In Korea, the show even won many awards especially for acting. In India itself, Ghar Ka Chirag is one of the highly recommended shows on the Doordarshan channel.