Simply Irresistible – Khun Chai Puttipat
Posted on May 20, 2013
In hindsight, the powers that be (channel 3 elders that is) are probably kicking themselves right now. They knew that the weekend prime time lakorn, Khun Chai Puttipat, is in the hands of Paajaew, a more than capable director. They also knew that the storyline and script will appeal to the general public; it is after all based off of a book series, and had been received pretty successfully. But they had no idea that the combination of the aforementioned, along with a budding actor and his chemistry with his costar, could culminate into something so irresistible. It is too late to request an extension, too late to supply the demand.
But that is one of the reasons why I like Channel 3, and why I think this particular lakorn is so darn cute. Perhaps they knew all along that they have something special on their hands, but unlike channel 7, they don’t always air it before the lakorn has finished filming nor will they extend it just for ratings or air time. Channel 3 in this effect, has fueled the fire (and fever) for a character (Khun Chai Puttipat) and his actor (James Jirayu) to fans who can’t seem to get enough.
Previously it is easy to admire Krong Kaew Bunmi, because the story focused on her struggles, however as the story progressed, all attention lies solely on Khun Chai Puttipat, and his call for action. Allow me to elaborate. Khun Chai Mor, unbeknownst to him, has been understood as a man who isn’t capable of love. He is pretty straight laced, direct, and cold to ladies around him. But the proverbial love is his character arc, a pretty magical transformation to a stoic gentleman who would rather spend his time in the surgery room. The unemotional, unfeeling doctor blossomed into a mushy romantic, who is shocked to find his family and friend’s exasperated of his out of character behavior. That my friends, is my most favorite part of this show. Khun Chai Pat would look at his friend Dr. Yossawin as if he grew a second head, “what, you didn’t know?” after he told his friend that yes, he loves Krong Kaew. Then he would peer at his grandmothers with defeat and explain that he contrived for Krong Kaew to marry him, because he deeply loves her, but it is unrequited. Where did this man come from? Lol.
His hell bent, stubborn and righteous attitude is a pleasure to witness. No one or thing could stand in his way if he puts his mind to something. Perhaps that is why he is such a brilliant doctor. Even during the most uncertain of times- such as the time he had to guarantee his skills while delivering a baby in a rural home- or during the most certain of times, when he had to stand up to his grandmothers about the very essence of being a gentleman. His grandmothers raised him to be a protector of what is right, a champion of the weak, and a challenger to the authority. He could not stand by and watch a damsel in distress. As his grandmothers, how could you argue with that? It goes against his character grain to sit by and watch, the very thing the grandmothers had originally advised him to do. And to that effect, how could you not love this man, this Khun Chai?
Another recurring theme that has been woven throughout this drama is the essence of a gentlemen or gentle people. The characters who fail to exude these qualities, suffer because of it, and for those that deep down possess these qualities and later remember it, are inevitably forgiven. Take Tan Pinit for example, he prides himself for being a gentleman. His actions aren’t all that gentlemanly per se, but he truly believes that he can offer and pleasure any woman. He thinks that any woman could be purchased and lured with money. All of the women in his life are claimed that way. But he soon learns that his power and money cannot buy everything, when he meets Krong Kaew, a woman who values her dignity above all else. She would rather die than to be his mistress. It’s a sobering effect, an emasculating concept. And his true gentleman quality emerges as he would not force himself on a woman who isn’t willing, much less on a woman who belongs to another. He also discovers that he has his own true gem all along- his wife. So when he removes himself from being Krong Kaew’s admirer, and feels remorse for his actions, he too is able to redeem himself- further exemplifying that being good- being a true gentleman can and will be forgiven. On the other hand, Kraai, the son of a scout, who is beyond redemption and has no ounce of being a gentleman, is running for his life after attempting to kill Khun Chai. Although certain things in life are black and white, there are gray areas that play in the dynamics of this lakorn as well.
This weekend’s episodes closed out the conflict of Tan Pinit as well as our grandmothers who must accept their grandson’s decision, otherwise they risk losing him from their lives. There is only a couple of lose strings to tie up, Khun Chai Pat’s proposal to Krong Kaew and Marathee’s final hurrah to eliminate Krong Kaew once and for all.
Removing yourself from being a fangirl for a moment and putting your feet in Krong Kaew’s shoes- which is hard because hello, it’s so easy to fall in love with Khun Chai Pat- but we will be able to better understand her cause for concerns of her suitability for Chai Pat. At its simplest bare bones, this is a story about class. Krong Kaew is a realist and one with a grand dignity as well. She knows that outside of their “relationship” they have to consider others as well, their family and friends, the judgey society. She also has a strong knack for desiring to build herself, proving to herself that she has something to offer to someone. Krong Kaew believes that she relies so much on Khun Chai Pat, but one day, what if that changes? What if he can no longer (or unwilling) to provide the things he used to provide for her? Deep down she is terrified; she believes a relationship must have a giver and a taker. She has been doing all of the taking. And she doesn’t think or perhaps isn’t confident that true love surpasses all. And this is when Chai Pat will come in, he must make her realize that she has given him more than he’ll ever need: love. I know, I am such a sappy romantic! But it’s so true in this elegantly scripted lakorn. He must make her understand- because this time words are equally important as actions- and Chai Pat will have to take out all of his aces to convince Krong Kaew that they are meant to be together.
And I am so stoked for the finale, the final moment of truth where Chai Pat declares his love to Krong Kaew. Yeah, I’ve been drinking too much of this Kool-Aid. Clearly any fangirl of Khun Chai Puttipat is regretting to see this lakorn end so soon, I mean 10 episodes, that’s like having so much fun at the bar and getting cut off. What do you mean it is last call? Can’t this lakorn go on and on? But there is a silver lining after all, we’ll see them do a real smooch in Ronnapee’s story, and hopefully see more of their cameos in the two Gents series to follow.
So way to go author of the novel, the lakorn production team, channel 3, Paajaew, and most importantly, Nong James Jirayu and Bella Ranee- you have made this lakorn simply irresistible.
(Pic cred to FB Khunchai Puttipat)
Awesome job at this! If I didn’t not watch Khun Chai Puttipat I would so watch ot now. The way you described this and you do a super good job at writing
Aw thank you Mysue. Happy lakorn watching!
So true Fia!!!! Way to sum it up;). I also find myself gawking any James. He has that Nadech quality that is simply irresistible. Thank you and have a fantastic day!
You have a fantastic day too Reathanakw! Thanks for your feedback 🙂
I’ve gotta check this out after my exams. I enjoyed the first one with Grate and Pream since I have a bias towards Mint Nutwara but haven’t gotten to Pope & this one yet. I keep hearing good things about it and your review has just further made me want to watch it.
Thanks Katherine xoxo. I completely fangirled over both Chai Ruj and Chai Pat- do check them out when you get a chance. Good luck with your exams!
I’m like addicted to this lakorn and completely in love with James Jirayu (his my second JJ, first on is Jaejoong from JYJ).
There has been a lot of comparison between James and Nadech, I mean seriously their talented in their own right. I just find James more appealing than Nadech, his such a DORK (the BTS clips from this lakorn kills me! XD)
This lakorn is like a fariytale in a sense that, she comes from a poor background and he is a rich but ‘cold’ aristocrat who falls completely in love with her. I love the fact that his cold, very rigid personality completely changes when Kaew comes into his life. You know how girls have an attraction for bad boys because they think that the guys would change for them. It’s kind of like that with Khun Chai & Kaew, it’s more of a positive and much needed change for our Khun Chai. I love his smile and corniness, it’s adorable!
Although I’m sad to see it end this week, we will hopefully (I better see them) in the last 2 instalments of this series. I don’t like lakorns dragging, it really does ruin the whole thing for me. I guess it is a blessing in disguise that Ch3 is one of those company that finishes their lakorn before airing.
I cannot wait for James next project with Punch, this lakorn is important for his career. It will show people that he is the real deal and that he wasn’t just popular because of his character in Khun Chai Puttipat.
I’m keeping my eyes on Rak Sud Rit too, now that I know James will be headlining it. By the by, I just had to giggle and relate to Punch. During an itnerview, James said he has been following her work (since she’s a singer too) ever since he was- then he recovered quick enough not to mention how much older she is. Lol. Hey, nothing wrong with admiring the talent and crushing on a young actor 🙂 I’ll be the p’sao (older sister) cheering him on!
I think part of the reason why this lakorn is soooo addictive and good is partly because it’s only being run for 10 episodes. Because so many dramas start out really well but end up with a long and boring middle. With Khun Chai Puttipat you have the amazing combination of cast, script, director and timing that has managed to make this into such a hit. I’m kind of really bummed that Khun Chai Puttipat will be ending this week, but at the same time I know that this lakorn probably wouldn’t have been as good if they had decided to extend it.
Like they say short and sweet.
but I’m definitely going to miss my weekly dose of james j eye candy and fan girl moments :'(
Oh indeed, when you only have 10 episodes to play with, you have to make each one count. I’m with you, we’ll totally miss the adorable duo.
It is also because of the pair too James and Bella…
Wahhhh thank you Fia!!! Even though I am so sick these last two days I had to see if you did a summary of last week’s episodes and you did! We are so lucky to spazz and fan girl alongside you…I too am now a fan of James J and Bella (she is fantastic in the role!) I hope she gets just as much attention as he does…I will definitely check out her other lakorns to see how she does chemistry wise with other actors.
Although I am sad to see it end so quickly I know that was part of the draw and increased “fever” we all knew we would have to get off this ship fairly soon.
I think the story, acting, directing, and sure fire chemistry added to the total package of this show. I’ve read on other forums and blogs saying this show is like crack LOL I have to agree!
I will definitely have withdrawal symptoms…My heart is just bursting with love for Khun Chai Pat and Krong Kaew…I have totally bought into their happily ever after…They both rock my boat!!!
I’ve waited a long long time to feel this way about a lakorn and it’s been many years since I last went this crazy! My hubby doesn’t understand my fascination hahaha. There is so much more I can say but I’d rather go re-watch each of their scenes (happy sigh).
She is quite good in Pon Prom Onlaweng if you wanna check it out- that is her first nang’ek role. I’ve recapped it and thought she was adorable as Tanyong.
Hi Fia! Thank you for all your posts. I’m still debating whether I want to read this entire post (and spoil the 2 episodes for myself before watching the episodes with english subs). I just wanted to shout out that your recaps of Pan Rak Pan Rai brought me here, and ever since then I’ve been lurking around happily getting my fix. Thank you!
I’m seriously fan-girling on James J. I’ve had the Supap Buruth Jutathep series on my “to watch” list (but wasn’t sure if I was up for a period lakorn at the moment) but thanks to your blog and how much you loved the first 2 parts of the series, I started watching it. Oh boy, I’m glad I decided to watch it. The only downside to being this crazy is waiting for the episodes and subs.
I did watch Bella in Pon Prom Onlaweng and I enjoyed it. Both her and Boy were really amazing in the lakorn, but I think Nong Unda (?) was the cutest.
Best wishes and thank you!
Lol thanks so much for leaving your feedback despite not wanting to get too spoiled 🙂 The third story with Jirayu if anything, compels some serious fangirling!
I’m always curious to learn how readers find their way here, and glad that pan rak pan rai (the adorable toomtam) led you to my blog. I hope that you’ll continue to find things you like reading about. Happy lakorn watching/reading my dear! Thanks again for leaving a comment and for your kind words!
First I’d like to say hello. I know your site quite long but i usually don’t give comments. I have to thank you a lot. Now i don’t have time to watch anything coz i’m writing my final paper and soon i have finals. So your site is like a blessing ^^. I am heavy drama addict and now i really can’t just leave everything and watch stuff so thank you ! when i have time i will watch this lakorn.
Hello back at you. Good luck on your final paper and I hope you can join us soon 🙂 Cheers!
Hello fr CA..Thank God I found this site, your writing summary so intrigues to me for a Thai nonspeaker but love Thai’s food and dramas. I like this cute drama same as Prissana and many other love stories. Thank you and I will be hanging around your site for more recaps.
Hello Julieng, thank you for your kind words! I hope you’ll enjoy your time here and hope to see more of you around! Happy reading, oh and lakorn watching 🙂
where can i watch this khun chai pat series in english subbed?
Thank you Ms. Fia.
(There, I got your name right this time 🙂 )
Know what, I was grinning the whole time I was reading your blog because I remembered my fangirl moments of Chai Pat’s story too. 😀
Like Cindy said, short and sweet. 😀 😀 😀
Thank you again for sharing your mind Ms. Fia.
Looking forward to more of your blogs. 😀
Alright. I am so aware that I am so late with this lakorn but still commenting coz I love this lakorn so much! They are my favorite couple. I actually disliked Keaw after watching it for like countless of times already but after reading your review… made me have second thoughts. that yeah.. maybe Keaw is just too of a realist that she knows her place compared to Chai Pat’s class.One thing I loved about this is that Chai Pat is the most direct among the brothers. He speaks his mind. And when his younger bros asked him if he loves her, he hesitated for like a millisecond but bravely confirmed he loves her right after. I loved the part when he told his grandmas that he registered the marriage already and that it is a one-sided love b/c Keaw doesn’t love him (poor Khun Moh). His grandma asked if he was asking permission but damn.. I loved this part so much, he courageously told them, “I am not asking for your permission I am telling you”. Damn… when he said that I’ve realized, this character, this Doctor really knows what he wants in life, he knows what and who can make him happy. He doesn’t care for any prejudice that people will think of him, just that he knows he loves her and that is all that matters. And the way he handles Marathee is so admirable! “I am certain I’ve never acted that I like you nor want to marry you”. And this line got me more, “I love Krongkeaw. I want to stay with her forever”. And this is from a man who has never been in love and only lived his entire life in the operating room.I loved everything about him. I loved all his jealousy. When Dr. Yodsawin took Keaw to that Than Chai Kerk party.When he made Keaw leaned on his chest while they were in that remote area. And his piano playing displaying his mood at that moment. Chai Lek and pee were like, Let me sleep! LOL XD And his ear to ear smiles while dancing with Keaw at the party. When his grandmas asked him to teach Marathee how to dance, he said he forgot but with Keaw he suddenly knows how to. Oh my.. Khun Chai Puttipat is such a wonderful character.
Alright. I am so aware that I am so late with this lakorn but still commenting coz I love this lakorn so much! They are my favorite couple. I actually disliked Keaw after watching it for like countless of times already but after reading your review… made me have second thoughts. that yeah.. maybe Keaw is just too of a realist that she knows her place compared to Chai Pat’s class.One thing I loved about this is that Chai Pat is the most direct among the brothers. He speaks his mind. And when his younger bros asked him if he loves her, he hesitated for like a millisecond but bravely confirmed he loves her right after. I loved the part when he told his grandmas that he registered the marriage already and that it is a one-sided love b/c Keaw doesn’t love him (poor Khun Moh). His grandma asked if he was asking permission but damn.. I loved this part so much, he courageously told them, “I am not asking for your permission I am just telling you”. Damn… when he said that I’ve realized, this character, this Doctor really knows what he wants in life, he knows what and who can make him happy. He doesn’t care for any prejudice that people will think of him, just that he knows he loves her and that is all that matters. And the way he handles Marathee is so admirable! “I am certain I’ve never acted that I like you nor want to marry you”. And this line got me more, “I love Krongkeaw. I want to stay with her forever”. And this is from a man who has never been in love and only lived his entire life in the operating room.I loved everything about him. I loved all his jealousy. When Dr. Yodsawin took Keaw to that Than Chai Kerk party.When he made Keaw leaned on his chest while they were in that remote area. And his piano playing displaying his mood at that moment. Chai Lek and Chai Pee were like, Let me sleep! LOL XD And his ear to ear smiles while dancing with Keaw at the party. When his grandmas asked him to teach Marathee how to dance, he said he forgot but with Keaw he suddenly knows how to. Oh my.. Khun Chai Puttipat is such a wonderful character.