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Squid Game star Anupam Tripathi gets emotional seeing his close friend Park So Dam cheering up for him; talks about his family’s reaction to his popularity

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Squid Game star Anupam Tripathi made an eventful guest appearance on South Korean talk show MBC’s Radio Star, where he talked about his family’s reaction to his skyrocketing popularity and even danced to the Squid Game theme music with Noze of Street Woman Fighter. The actor also talked about his friendship with Parasite star Park So Dam.

Squid Game star Anupam Tripathi gets emotional seeing his close friend Park So Dam cheering up for him; talks about his family’s reaction to his popularity

In the December 1 episode of the show, the host asked Tripathi about what it felt like catapulting to global stardom through his hit series Squid Game, and the actor replied, “I still remember this so clearly. On the day Squid Game was released-September 17, 2021- around 4 o’clock, I had about 3,000 followers [on Instagram]. Then, one hour, two hours, and three hours later-with each hour that passed, my [follower count] kept going up. Eventually, it reached 4 million.”

According to Korean tabloid Soompi, the Indian-born actor also shared that his family’s response was really great. His mother was so happy and proud, and told him to be humble and those first words to him were like a blow that got him thinking clearly again. Tripathi teared up while seeing the video message that Park So Dam left for him where she can be heard saying, “Anupam! I still remember how incredibly nervous I was when I first went on ‘Radio Star,’ so I filmed this video message because I wanted to cheer you on even a little bit. I wanted to say congratulations and that I’m so, so happy that you’re receiving so much love and support. Let’s be healthy in both mind and body, and let’s work for a long time while having fun! Let’s go, Anupam!”

Last week, during her own guest appearance on the same show, Park So Dam mentioned that she had gone to college with Anupam Tripathi and heaped praise on the actor for his positive personality and infectious energy.  The actor got emotional over his close friend’s words and responded, “Yes, because for my first play in college, [Park So Dam] and I were in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ together. She played Juliet, and I played a servant, and we became really close then.”

Anupam Tripathi went on to share the heartwarming story of the time he had first been grateful to Park So Dam back during their college days. “I still remember the first moment [we met],” he recalled. “It was during orientation, and I didn’t speak Korean well yet. Because I didn’t eat meat, [Park So Dam] brought me a vegetable scallion pancake during a meal and said, ‘Oppa, eat this.’ I still can’t forget the taste of that scallion pancake, and even now, it remains alive [within me]. She was that kind of sunbae [senior]. Even today, she sent me a message saying, ‘Good luck [on “Radio Star”], oppa!'”

He concluded by turning to the screen and shouting, “So Dam sunbae, I love you!”

Anupam Tripathi played the role of Ali Abdul in the hit Netflix series Squid Game which garnered him worldwide recognition along with the series itself becoming the Netflix's most-watched series with the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracting more than 142 million member households and amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch, outperforming Bridgerton as of November 2021.

Also Read: Squid Game star Park Hae Soo to play Berlin in Korean remake of Money Heist, meet the entire cast


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