‘I feel like every day is survival’: Squid Game’s Anupam Tripathi on how he relates to his character

Squid Game’s Anupam Tripathi opened up about his approach to playing his character Ali Abdul on the hit Netflix show.

Tripathi, speaking with the Korean news outlet Kyunghyang Shinmun, explained the similarities he found between himself and the character.

‘I connect with Ali a lot. In reality, I go to auditions, talk about payment, and I feel like every day is survival,’ Tripathi, 32, said.

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The latest: Squid Game’s Anupam Tripathi, 32, opened up about his approach to playing his character Ali Abdul on the hit Netflix show

Tripathi said he ‘was captivated’ after getting the script and analyzing it, adding, ‘People are put on the path of life and death in the traditional children’s game, and their true nature comes out.’

Tripathi recalled his joy in finding out he had been cast for the part.

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‘Inside I was dancing all day and I felt like I was in the clouds,’ he said. ‘The day went by so fast as I spent all day telling my friends the news and dancing all day.’

Tripathi said that in preparing for the role on the Netflix show, he had ‘contemplated and thought a lot about Ali’s character’ so that he could ‘approach his character in the least cliché manner.

In action: (L-R) Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Tripathi are pictured in a scene from the Netflix hit 

Tripathi said that in preparing for the role on the Netflix show, he had ‘contemplated and thought a lot about Ali’s character’ so that he could ‘approach his character in the least cliché manner’

‘I wanted to help viewers accept why Ali was in Korea, what issues he had with the factory president, and what his family would do,’ he said.

The Korean series continues to put up massive viewing numbers for Netflix, as creator Hwang Dong-hyuk on Wednesday chat with The Hollywood Reporter about the show’s success and what he was striving for creatively with the project.

‘Well, when I began making Squid Game, I actually did target a global audience,’ he said. ‘The children’s games that are featured in the show are those that will bring out nostalgia from adults who actually played them as a kid; but they’re also games that are really easy to grasp.

‘So anyone watching, from anywhere in the world, can understand the rules of the games very easily. And since the games are so simple, the viewers don’t need to focus on trying to understand the rules.’

He said that viewers ‘can instead focus on the inner feelings and the dynamics between the characters a lot more, and then they can get immersed into the whole experience, cheering for and empathizing with the characters.’

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