After Jam Loey Rak, I began to look into Aff’s series. At the end, I chose to watch Wanida. Since I couldn’t find the series with Thai language and subtitles, I actually had to watch it with Mandarin language and Chinese subtitles.
Prajak Mahasak (Tik Jesadaporn Pholdee) was living a good life, with a good job and his girlfriend Pisamai (Joy Rinlanee Sripen) who he had planned to marry. But, he did not know his younger brother, Prajuab (Kong Sorawit Suboon) had owed a large amount of debt to Dao (Pu Montri Janeaksorn). As the Mahasak family are part of the “upper class” in society, they naturally do not want words of them owing money to spread around.
Dao, has a beautiful, yet stubborn daughter by the name of Wanida (Aff Takksaorn Paksukcharoen). She can be a bit mischievous at times, but nevertheless, she still listens to what her father says. Since Prajuab cannot pay off his debt before the deadline, Dao proposes for his daughter to marry him and then he will clear the debt. However, Prajuab has a girlfriend, Pranee (Meji Pimaksiporn Wingomin). Not wanting to marry Wanida, Prajuab runs off, leaving only a letter to his mother, Madam Nom (Duangta Toongkamanee) and older brother, Prajak. Thus, Prakak takes on the responsibility to marry Wanida, since his brother ran off. He tells his mom that he will work hard for money to pay off the debt, but not wanting to see their mansion being sold and live like a normal person, Madam Nom disagrees.
Wanida’s great-aunt used to be the wife of Mr. Mahasak (Prajak’s uncle), but was accused by Madam Nom of stealing, and therefore was kicked out of the family. Although Wanida does not know why Prajak proposed to her suddenly, as they do not know each other well and had previous misunderstandings, she marries him to clear her great-aunt’s name in the Mahasak family. Prajak assures his girlfriend, Pisamai the night before his wedding that she will still be the only one she loves. Dao makes an agreement with Prajak that if he divorces Wanida before the debt is clear, he will go to court.
Prajak’s good friend and co-worker, Captain Montree (Boy Pidsanu Nimsakul) is equally as shocked about the marriage when he finds out, as Montree fell in love with Wanida at first sight. Not wanting to live in the same mansion as Wanida, Madam Nom moves out, leaving only two servants, Auntie Tung and Plai (Golf Benhapol Cheuyaroon) to stay with Prajak and Wanida.
Not wanting to explain why he married Wanida, Prajak goes out early in the morning and comes back late at night to avoid talking to Wanida. Worried about his daughter at the Mahasak mansion, Dao tells Wanida’s servant, Chuen to live there as well. When Wanida finally finds out that not only Prajak married her because of her dad, but he also has a lover, Wanida wants to move out, but Prajak forbids it. Wanida wants a divorce, but Prajak knows he cannot divorce her, as he had promised Dao.At a formal ball, Wanida stuns Prajak with her beauty, making Pisamai jealous.
Wanida meets the sibling pair Ampan (Yai Sira Patrat) and Ampai (Jaja Primrata Dejudom), who tell the good sides of Prajak on the Mahasak farm. Ampan develops a crush on Wanida as well. When Auntie Tung falls sick, Wanida takes care of her, changing Auntie Tung’s view on Wanida, as she had treated Wanida harshly before.
Madam Nom moves back to the Mahasak mansion with Pisamai, so Prajak moves Wanida, Auntie Tong, and Chuen to a military dormitory that has been abandoned for years. Prajak decides to escape from all the drama at the Mahasak mansion, so he goes to stay overnight with Wanida and the servants. Wanida does not know, but when Prajak calls Pisamai’s name instead of hers when she helps cover him in blankets, she is actually disappointed.
Madam Nom and Pisamai go to the military dorm to make Wanida feel as if she is of lower class, but Wanida wisely ignores them. At the same time, Prajak starts to side with Wanida. One day, Pisamai and Pranee go to the military dorm and try to destroy all the flowers and vegetables that Wanida planted. Because of this, Prajak helps to replant the plants.
Pranee’s mother persuades her to marry an older man who has a lot of money, as they don’t know how long it will take before Prajuab comes back. Pranee has no choice, but to agree. When her husband dies, he leaves a lump sum of money for her. Wanida invests in Ampai’s boutique. Prajak thinks Wanida told Dao about Pisamai, resulting in Dao yelling at her, but in reality, the servants were the one who informed him. This causes both Wanida and Prajak to start their “cold war”.
Wanida also uses Montree to make Prajak jealous. Wanida has a school gathering, but she hides it from Prajak. At the end, Prajak finds out from the servants and go to surprise Wanida. But, he gets the surprise instead, as the teacher praises Wanida and she does the traditional Thai dance perfectly. When Prajak gets promoted, they must give the military dorm back to whoever gets Prajak’s position, so everyone moves back to the Mahasak mansion. Madam Nom and Pisamai treat Wanida as if she were a servant.
Prajak wants to invite Wanida to be his partner to a national dance competition, but he does not know how to ask. At the end, he builds up enough courage to ask and they practice every afternoon. When Pisamai finds out that Prajak asked Wanida instead of her, she cuts up the Wanida’s dance gown. Prajak misunderstands that Wanida does not want to go with him, but it is actually because she needs more time to find another dress.
When Wanida secretly goes to the beach with Ampai and Ampan, Prajak goes to find her, but angers her. Wanida rides off with a horse. Worried, Prajak looks for her, but ends up lost and faints in the rain and Wanida is only able to find him the next morning. Wanida takes care of Prajak because he is sick from staying in the rain for so long. By this time, both of them have developed a sense of love for each other that they cannot deny. Prajak says he wants to spend some time with her, as they are eventually going to break up and he wants to have some good memories. They go to the beach, bike together, explore the forest, and have dinner together.
When they come back from ‘vacation’, the mini-house that Wanida stayed in is damaged by Madam Nom and Pisamai, forcing Prajak and Wanida to stay in the same room. Outraged, Pisamai and Pranee go to the boutique and try to mess up the dresses they made. Knowing that he has fallen for Wanida, Prajak tries to distance himself from Wanida and forces himself to remember that Pisamai is actually the one he loves.
Prajak accidentally injures Wanida while trying to move Mr. Mahasak’s portrait. He takes care of her until she is better. Madam Nom tries to challenge Wanida by asking her to plan everything for her 60th Birthday celebration. But, Wanida does it very well. Once again, Madam Nom tries to embarrass Wanida by exposing her family roots, but it turns out people sitting at the same table all owe debt to Dao. Pisamai is jealous when Prajak asks Wanida to dance with him instead of her. Pisamai was going to seduce a drunk Prajak, but Prajak ends up in the wrong room.
On their family vacation to Bangpayin, Wanida and Prajak go to the temple that houses the ashes of the deceased Mahasak family members. Wanida finds evidence there to prove her great-aunt’s innocence. But it starts to rain really hard, so Prajak and Wanida must stay there until the weather gets better. Pisamai goes to find them, but because they are stuck inside the temple, Wanida has to climb out from a window to open the door for them.
Prajaub comes back, as he has earned enough money to pay off his debt. But, he does not forgive Pranee, as he has fallen in love with a girl from his workplace. This means Prajak can divorce Wanida. Both of them do not want to say the final farewell. Wanida leaves with all her belongings before Prajak comes home from work. Prajak goes to seek Wanida, but Wanida forbids herself from seeing him.
Pisamai tries to commit suicide so Wanida and Prajak would pity her, but Prajak tells her their love no longer exists. When Pisamai and Pranee finally realize the Mahasak brothers do not love them anymore, they change their attitude towards Madam Nom.
At a formal gathering, the truth is finally revealed that Wanida’s great-aunt was innocent. Madam Nom thanks Wanida for not exposing her as the person who accused her great-aunt. Madam Nom also accepts Prajuabs’s new girlfriend. Montree starts dating Ampai. Prajak and Wanida remarry each other, this time for love.
I really liked this lakorn, almost everything about it: the costumes, the characters, and the actors/actresses that were in it. We have Wanida (Aff Taksaorn Paksukcharoen) who is a symbol of strength and patience. Although she knows both her and Prajak (Tik Jesadaporn Pholdee) have fallen in love with each other, she continues to persuade Prajak to spend more time with his girlfriend, Pisamai (Joy Rinlanee Sripen) as Wanida does not want to cause any misunderstandings between them. Prajak is a true gentleman. He tries hard to distance himself from Wanida as he promised Pisamai that he will love her only. But at the end, both Prajak and Wanida cannot deny the love they have for one another.
It is unclear when Prajak fell in love with Wanida, but it must have been for her sincerity, her generosity, and her kindness to everyone, although she is quite stubborn when it comes to fight for the truth. But at the same time, Pisamai cannot take the blame entirely, as she only wanted the person she loved to continue to be her lover and not someone else’s lover.
This is almost like a Romeo and Juliet story, except the two lovers are forbidden to love one another because of Prajak’s lover. But, it’s a happy ending nevertheless.
Tik and Aff truly portrayed Wanida and Prajak so well in the series!