Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo Shock: This Squid Game Actor Appeared In Descendants Of The Sun

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Squid Game has been the talk of the town since it was released on Netflix on Sept. 17, 2021. The South Korean survival drama television series did not only feature interesting characters as its action-packed scenes also earned generally positive reviews from numerous viewers around the globe.

Among the most interesting characters in the Squid Game series is Ali Abdul, played by Indian actor Anupam Tripathi. Recent reports suggested that Anupam has a connection with K-drama superstars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

So, how is Squid Game star Anupam Tripathi connected with Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo? Were they co-workers before? Keep on reading to know more.

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Squid GameActor Anupam Tripathi Used To Work With Song Joong Ki And Song Hye Kyo

Hindustan Times reported that Squid Game was not the first K-drama project of Anupam Tripathi. The news outlet revealed that the Indian actor was actually a part of the 2016 hit South Korean drama series titled Descendants of the Sun, where Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo were the lead stars.

It was learned that the New Delhi-based actor appeared on Descendants of the Sun Episode 6. At the time, Anupam played a man who was injured during a strong earthquake. Song Hye Kyo's character, Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, helped him in that specific scene.

While Anupam Tripathi's exposure in Descendants of the Sun was brief, it is, apparently, a huge thing for him already as he was able to work with two of the most popular K-drama stars at present – Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. Aside from that, he also became a part of one of South Korea's most successful television projects in history.

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Filipino Actor Carlo Aquino Misses Chance To Be Part Of Squid Game

Meanwhile, aside from Anupam Tripathi, Filipino actor Carlo Aquino has also been hitting headlines lately after he revealed that he was supposed to star in Squid Game. The 36-year-old award-winning actor took to Instagram to share that director Hwang Dong Hyuk had offered him a role in the series.


Carlo reposted a story from DJ Rico Robles, which revealed his missed role in the successful Netflix series. The La Vida Lena star divulged that he was supposed to portray Abdul Ali or Player No. 199, a Pakistani migrant worker in South Korea who was forced to enter Squid Game to help his family after his employer failed to pay his delayed salary.

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The Filipino actor revealed that the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were the primary reasons why he missed out on becoming part of Squid Game. If his casting pushed through, Carlo Aquino would have joined Christian Lagahit, another Filipino actor, in the survival-themed television series.

Most, if not all, fans can recall that Christian appeared on Squid Game Episode 4 called "Stick to the Team," wherein he helped some of the main cast in the deadly tug-of-war game. Fortunately, Seong Gi Hun, Cho Sang Woo, Kang Sae Byeok, Oh Il Nam, Abdul Ali, and the rest of their team were able to ace the game and proceed to the next round.

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