Netflix's new South Korean drama, Squid Game has become one of the most-watched shows on the streaming app. Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the survival series shows the characters participating in children games that turn violent quickly.
The characters either win and live on, or die trying. The show focuses on a group of highly indebted persons in South Korea and among them, there is Anupam Tripathi, an Indian actor. He plays a Pakistani migrant worker, Javed Ali and he is player no. 199.
While the series has taken the world by storm, Tripathi has managed to gain a lot of popularity for his role. Born in Delhi, the actor began his training in singing and acting in 2006. He moved to South Korea in 2010, where he attended the Korea National University of Arts after being awarded a scholarship.
After completing his course, he decided to stay in South Korea to try his luck in showbiz. Before Squid Game, he starred in various Korean drama shows and films. He made his acting debut with the Korean film Ode to My Father in 2014.
His other projects include the popular Korean series Descendants of the Sun and Hospital Playlist and the 2021 film Space Sweepers.
Anupam had to overcome the language barrier in a new country to be able to fully soak in everything that the institute he was enrolled in had to offer. In an interview with Arirang News, Anupam said overcoming cultural differences was challenging. “It’s very hard, and it’s difficult. But at the same time, I’ve always challenged myself. If I’ve come this far, let’s move one more step.”
The 32-year-old actor who is known for doing in-depth research for his roles, he even prepared hard for his character in Squid Game. In an interview, he said, "For preparation, I met people, I watched documentaries, and read articles about migrant workers in Korea and abroad.” He goes on, “For me, it’s all about portraying Ali to the best of my ability, and in the future, to play a variety of different roles so that we can see more representation across various platforms in Korea, and the world beyond.”
The actor has truly made a mark for himself in the Korean entertainment industry and his powerful role in Squid Game has got everyone talking about his acting skills so much so that there are now several fans petitioning for "justice" for the character.