Squid Game, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, has currently topped the global rankings on Netflix Inc. It is a South Korean survival drama streaming television series very similar to the American action film, the Hunger Games.
According to data from streaming rating firm FlixPatrol, it is also the first Korean drama to maintain the No. 1 spot in the U.S. on Netflix. The series comprises only 9 episodes which only proves that the K-drama is in a league of its own when it comes to television series.
Released on the 17th of September 2021, the squid game narrates the story of a group of people who put their lives at risk in a dark and mysterious survival game with a 45.6 million prize set for the winner. The show stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo and Wi Ha-joon in lead roles.
The group compromises a Pakistani character, Abdul Ali, played by an Indian actor, Anupam Tripathi, who has appeared in various South Korean television series and films.
In the series, Abdul Ali (No.199), a Pakistani worker, enters the game to provide for his wife and baby after his employer refuses to pay him for months. We won’t give you any spoilers as to how the fate of the player escalated in the 9 episode series, but we can highlight the fact that his character has won the hearts of many fans on social media.
Here is How Twitter Has Reacted After Watching After Watching the Series:
ali abdul was hands down the best character in squid game he was so wholesome and he was so kind
— mina's gf (real) (@magicsooya) September 21, 2021
Fans appreciated Ali’s character for being innocent, human, and honest. “The history of drama and the actor nailed it with that depth in his expressions,” said a Twitter user.
a necessary appreciation tweet for Ali in Squid Game cause we don't talk about it much?? He literally slayed his role which is one of the most human and innocent characters in the history of kdrama & the actor nail it with that depth in his expressions. *claps* pic.twitter.com/XumsC7mCfD
— Anne. (@seoulofmischief) September 20, 2021
He was the most unproblematic character on the show!
Ali is the most unproblematic & best character of squid game. Fight me!
I want Justice for him!! pic.twitter.com/lc9RZfgwJJ
— 𝙆𝘼𝙄𝙏𝙐𝘽𝙀 🐻 Ali best boy (@tuchicafan88) September 19, 2021
The player was also making waves on the popular social media platform TikTok as fans celebrated Anupam Tripathi’s acting skills.
— sol 🧩 (@softseob) September 18, 2021
Definitely a fan favorite!
best character on the show, no contest https://t.co/ozx8SuRYXP
— Alexis (@ohgeezlexi) September 26, 2021
Spoiler alert ahead: Ali’s death had a major impact on the fans following the show closely
SQUID GAME’s Mantra: “Everyone is equal while they play this game. The players get to play a fair game under the same conditions.”
How is it equal when Ali died thru cheating of Sang Woo? Gi Hun won thru cheating over the old man. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/KIuEUCe0JQ
— liliqueen (@liliqueen09) September 18, 2021
Many are demanding director’s justice for Ali’s character
i just finished the squid game and all i’m gonna say is ali deserved the world 😭 pic.twitter.com/9Y8TKpeemP
— sara (@saraa_oz) September 20, 2021
Fans aren’t ready to hear anything negative about Ali’s character
me to anyone who has anything negative to say about ali in squid game pic.twitter.com/Ox4dbQABG8
— 평화 | rayn🌤 (@kpopxkdramas) September 19, 2021
The character is described as “wholesome and selfless but naivety got the best of him,” said a user.
so so wholesome and selfless but naivety got the best of him 💔 https://t.co/sdokT2Ll4d
— Ty (@thraakthr) September 26, 2021
Watch the trailer of the show below:
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