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Squid Game: Indian Actor Anupam Tripathi Wins Millions of Fans

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Meet Squid Game’s other breakout star: Indian actor Anupam Tripathi – the only non-Korean in the main cast – wins millions of fans for his portrayal of Pakistani migrant Ali Abdul










South Korean survival drama Squid Game has become the biggest show in Netflix history.

The dystopian series features some of South Korea’s biggest names, including Lee Jung-jae, Gong Yoo, and Lee Byung-hun, but it’s Indian actor Anupam Tripathi who has become one of its biggest breakout stars.

The 32-year-old won over viewers through Pakistani migrant Ali Abdul, and as the only non-Korean in the main cast, he stands out in many of his scenes.

Breakout: Indian actor Anupam Tripathi (pictured) has become one of the biggest stars to come out of Netflix’s South Korean blockbuster Squid Game

Despite his impressive on-screen skills, Squid Game was Anupam’s first major role.

Before becoming famous in the Netflix series, he largely played background characters in South Korean television dramas.

Some of his earlier credits include roles such as “Indian Worker”, “Nepalese Chief” and “Arab Subordinate”.

Thanks to Squid Game, Anupam has now become one of the most popular actors in the country, acclaimed by critics and has nearly 4 million Instagram followers.

Background: Squid Game is Anupam's first major role.  Before becoming famous in the Netflix series, he largely played background characters in South Korean television dramas

Background: Squid Game is Anupam’s first major role. Before becoming famous in the Netflix series, he largely played background characters in South Korean television dramas

Born in New Delhi, Anupam honed his acting skills for four years in the Behroop theater group under the late playwright Shahid Anwar.

According to Variety, he originally planned to attend India’s prestigious National School of Drama, but instead went to Korea to study acting at the Korea National University of the Arts with an Arts Major Asian scholarship.

He mastered the Korean language in just two years, and from there he started getting background roles in several Korean dramas, including the blockbuster melodrama Descendants of the Sun.

Background: Anupam was born in New Delhi and improved his acting performance over four years in the Behroop theater group under the late playwright Shahid Anwar

Background: Anupam was born in New Delhi and improved his acting performance over four years in the Behroop theater group under the late playwright Shahid Anwar

After struggling with small roles for a year, Anupam got his big break as Pakistani migrant worker Ali Abdul in Squid Game.

The role required the 32-year-old to gain six pounds and spend hours studying BBC documentaries about Pakistani migrants to master the character and dialect.

When Squid Game was released, Anupam was blown away by the show’s success.

“We had a feeling it would be well received, but when it became a phenomenon and sensation it was not expected – I was not prepared,” he told Variety.

Celebrity: The 32-year-old won viewers playing Pakistani migrant Ali Abdul, and as the only non-Korean in the main cast, he could take center stage in many of his scenes

Celebrity: The 32-year-old won viewers playing Pakistani migrant Ali Abdul, and as the only non-Korean in the main cast, he could take center stage in many of his scenes

He is now focusing on continuing his acting career with more roles in South Korea and acting in his home country of India.

“This was just the starting point for me. Let’s see how far I can get in a better way as an actor or in my craft,” he said.

“I’ve only made theater in India, but I want to see and find out how I’m going to do it in my own language,” he continued. ‘I would like to express myself there. That is my ultimate dream: performing in front of my own home and my own audience.’

Superstar: Thanks to Squid Game, Anupam has now become one of the most popular actors in the country, acclaimed by critics and has nearly 4 million Instagram followers

Superstar: Thanks to Squid Game, Anupam has now become one of the most popular actors in the country, acclaimed by critics and has nearly 4 million Instagram followers

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