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The stars of Korean Netflix drama Squid Game are now more popular than ever since the show became an international hit.

Its supporting cast has also been thrust into the spotlight, like 34-year-old Indian actor Anupam Tripathi, who starred as Player 199 aka the too trusting Pakistani migrant worker Abdul Ali.

Tripathi’s path to fame was an uphill one. He was born in New Delhi to a middle-class family and made his showbiz debut in India in 2006. He moved to Korea in 2010 after his friend recommended him to get a scholarship from the Korea National University of Arts (KARTs).

"I hid my plans to move to Korea from my parents while preparing for the entrance examination [because] they were firmly against it. They only relented after I was accepted," he said.

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