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Squid Game's Anupam Tripathi aka Ali Abdul Says He 'Never Expected This Sort of Response'

By: Devasheesh Pandey

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Last Updated: October 12, 2021, 09:19 IST

Delhi-born, South Korea-based Anupam Tripathi, who plays a Pakistani migrant, Ali Abdul, in Netflix's Squid Game.

Delhi-born, South Korea-based Anupam Tripathi, who plays a Pakistani migrant, Ali Abdul, in Netflix's Squid Game.

Anupam Tripathi speaks on the success of his sleeper hit Netflix series Squid Game and put things into perspective about his character Ali Abdul going viral on social media.

Actor Anupam Tripathi has gone viral on social media after the huge success of Netflix Korea series Squid Game. The Indian-origin artist has been searched for and congratulated by millions after his character Ali Abdul or Player No 199 has become one of the major highlights of the show.

Anupam shares how his Instagram followers grew from 3000 to 3 million after the show launched on September 17, with people sharing heartwarming messages about his performance and the show.

“Till September 17, I knew about 3000 people. A few hours after the show went live, I started getting messages and that has not stopped yet. It was amazing to see my Instagram followers growing from 50,000 to 1 million to 1.5 million and so on. I never expected this sort of response and I am very happy that this happened. People were asking about Ali, my character, first and then about me."

Read: Who is Squid Game Actor Anupam Tripathi, Ali Abdul from Netflix Korea Sleeper Hit?

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Anupam has been living, studying and working in Korea for 11 years now. He is born and brought up in New Delhi, where his mother still lives. Asked how he has been able to explain his huge success to her and Anupam shares, “She is very sweet. I told her that her son is now being asked about from around the world. She was very happy for me and congratulated me. She also said, ‘Zyaada udna mat. Paanv zameen par tika kar rakhna (Don’t fly high from your success. Be rooted to the ground).’ That humility and that kind of upbringing she has given me and I am very thankful to her. All my relatives and people I know are very happy about the show and they have only great things to say."

Read: How Did Netflix’s Squid Game Become a Global Phenomenon? Everything to Know About the South Korean Show

Squid Game is 9-episode long series streaming on Netflix. In the show, Anupam’s character is one of hundreds of deep-in-debt people roped into a deadly contest based on Korean playground games.

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first published:October 12, 2021, 09:19 IST
last updated:October 12, 2021, 09:19 IST