Squid Game viewers set their eyes on the notable characters in the series, and one of the stars who stole the spotlight was the Indian actor — Anupam Tripathi.
In the series, Tripathi played the role of a Pakistani immigrant named Ali. The character joined the survival game to earn money for his family when they immigrated to South Korea. Ali put his life on the line after losing hope when he suffered from toxic and discriminatory treatment while working in a small Korean film.
As the character showed compassion in the series despite the hardships, Squid Game viewers immediately searched for his name and praised him for his works.
Internet users in South Korea even began sharing photos with him alongside a heartfelt caption about their encounter with the humble man.
Who Is Squid Game Actor Anupam Tripathi?
The Indian-born actor initially began his career in his home country in 2006. In 2010, he moved to South Korea when his friend recommended attending the Korea National University of Arts (KARTs) through a scholarship.
Life was never easy for Tripathi after his move. In fact, he faced issues in learning a new language and adapting to a different culture.
"I spent 10 years in Korea as a student and a theater actor with the thought of persevering every day," he said, as reported by Yonhap News (via India Times).
His family disapproved of him working as a theater actor and studying as they wanted him to focus on his education first. However, the 32-year-old chose to move forward and landed on different projects.
Actor Anupam Tripathi's Projects Aside From Squid Game
Tripathi landed his first significant role in 2014. He scored a spot in Ode To My Father, which stands fourth among the highest-grossing films in South Korean history.
He then starred in other K-dramas, including Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-Kyo on Descendants of the Sun. He also appeared on Joong-ki's Space Sweepers earlier this year.
Amid his success, the actor carries heartbreak as his father can no longer see him bloom in the industry.
"My dad would have been happy to see [my success], but he passed away in 2017 (...) He would have been delighted," he said, per TodayOnline.