For Indian born Anupam Tripathi, life is no longer the same after  the immense popularity of Korean show ‘Squid Game‘. “The show suddenly became so huge that it was unexpected,” says the actor  who plays the role of a Pakistani immigrant in the series that has become the biggest original series launch in history by OTT platform Netflix.

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“We never imagined this kind of response. I still remember the day of the release, till 4 pm, my life was okay, but after 5 pm, everybody started talking about my role, and I saw the love pouring on Instagram,” added Tripathi, reports Hindustan Times.

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His role had emotions, and his mastery in craft was beautifully seen in the show. For that, he credits his roots in India, and days spent learning theatre in Delhi.  

“The love that I am getting after the show is growing every day. It feels great to be part of such a historical thing. At the same time, it (fame) is also new to me,” says Tripathi, talking about the web show that has amassed over 111 million fans in less than a month, and adds, “So, I am still observing myself, trying to express myself and enjoy it as much as I can.”

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Soon after the show,  his followers on Instagram went from 3,000 to three million in a matter of days.

Growing up in Delhi, Tripathi was always inclined towards theatre and music, and he intended to join National School of Drama (NSD). But fate had other plans for him. He won an arts scholarship and joined Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea, in 2010.

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“My journey from Delhi to Korea has not been easy, but it was fun. I enjoyed the lows as well as the highs. But I have to say that my roots in India and theatre days in Delhi helped me adjust in this different culture, and understand the language. They have helped me stay grounded and still go after my dreams in a place where my language, culture even the food has changed,” he told HT.