What makes you fall in love with an on-screen couple? Most of the time my love for a pairing is an extension of my love for the fictional OTP they portray (eg my obsession with Aum/Aff for a while after Jam Loey Rak), then there are those with a natural cackling chemistry that makes me want to watch them regardless/in spite of the plot (eg Great/Matt, Dome/Ploy, Weir/Mai) and of course ideally you have a couple who combines both factors (eg Ken/Ann in Oum Rak, Sawan Biang and Sood Sanaeha).
Then there’s Pong/Charebelle. Not sure if it’s obvious by now but since Dok Soke I’ve been quite the Pong/Charebelle shipper and till now I can’t quite put my finger on why. I enjoyed watching Asanai (Pong) care for Dok Soke (Charebelle) through the difficulties in her life but I didn’t care to know about their characters beyond their interaction with each other. The ‘why’ leading up to a scene didn’t matter to me, just having them together on screen was fine by me. Must be explosive chemistry then? They had chemistry but I think it’s more down to Pong’s charm ‘cos he has good chemistry with his co-stars in general and I’m neutral towards his other leading ladies. As much as I like Charebelle, I’d be the first to say her acting needs improvement. Her sweet scenes with Pong in DS becomes unintentionally funny sometimes because she looks so uncomfortable when Pong is hugging and/or kissing her that Pong ends up looking like he’s preying on an innocent young girl. lol. But! awkward acting and all, I can’t help shipping them. Do you have any odd/less popular pairings you support with all your heart?
My wish of seeing them paired up again is granted in ‘Paap Ataan (The Mysterious Portrait)’. Pong has two leading ladies in this, Charebelle and Aom. Most Pong fans are rejoicing at him pairing up with Aom again… maybe I’m the only one looking out for him with Charebelle in this. haaa. The ‘Paap Ataan’ thread on baidu has a detailed synopsis but the thread owner hasn’t responded to my request for permission to translate and post it on my blog so I’ll just do a brief summary: Pong and Aom are lovers and he promises to marry her before he leaves due to work. He meets Charebelle and marries her instead despite his promise to Aom. When Pong returns, Aom can only be the mia noi and is of course Not Pleased. She makes life difficult for Charebelle to win back Pong but accidentally causes the death of a pregnant Charebelle, thus losing Pong’s heart for good. Aom becomes a vengeful ghost who continues haunting Pong and Charebelle in their next life. Sounds a little like ‘Buang’? Not really my kind of drama but whatever, it puts Pong/Charebelle on my screen again.
Pics from ‘Paap Ataan’ opening ceremony (taken from here)
Filming! I wonder if it will be able to air within this year.