Squid Game actor Anupam Tripathi on the show’s immense popularity: “I was not prepared”

South Korean-based Indian-born actor Anupam Tripathi, who became a world-famous name thanks to Netflix’s survival drama Squid game said he was surprised by the immense popularity of the show. Tripathi plays Ali in the Netflix series.

The show, which has become a global phenomenon, is a creation of Hwang Dong-hyuk and is about a Hunger Games-type competition that attracts ordinary people in debt and promises them a lot of money by winning. But the consequences of the loss are deadly – literally. Anyone who doesn’t move on to the next round ends up dying.

Speaking to Variety, the actor, who grew up in New Delhi, said: “We thought it would be well received, but when it became a phenomenon and a sensation, it wasn’t expected – I didn’t. was not prepared. “

Anupam added that its popularity skyrocketed after the show premiered. “I still remember, September 17th, 2021 at 4pm my life was fine, but after 5pm it got huge, gigantic – all of a sudden everyone messaged me and it was ‘Ali’, ‘Ali’, “he said.

Anupam’s character Ali is a poor immigrant from Pakistan who participates in the competition to provide for his family after his employer denies him payment for his services. The actor also revealed how he prepared for the role. He said that when he was picked he didn’t have the right body shape and had to put on weight, as Ali is known on the show for his strength. “I put on 5 or 6 pounds and at least looked like someone with power,” he revealed.

Anupam’s “ultimate dream” is to perform in India as he told the post: “I’ve done theater only in India, but I want to see and explore how I’m going to do it in my own language. I would like to express myself there. It’s my ultimate dream – to perform in front of my own home and my own audience. “