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5 Astonishing Facts About ‘Squid Game’: Indian Connect, Sequel Plans & More

A DARK, twisted take on childhood games. A combination of Takeshi’s Castle, Bigg Boss and Battle Royal. The latest Netflix sensation, Squid Game, has become a surprise hit on the streaming platform within two weeks of its release. The South Korean Series has a simple plot – 456 people, who are under massive debts and… Continue reading 5 Astonishing Facts About ‘Squid Game’: Indian Connect, Sequel Plans & More

A new show, Squid Game on Netflix, has become massively popular since it’s release on September 17.

A DARK, twisted take on childhood games. A combination of Takeshi’s Castle, Bigg Boss and Battle Royal. The latest Netflix sensation, Squid Game, has become a surprise hit on the streaming platform within two weeks of its release.

The South Korean Series has a simple plot – 456 people, who are under massive debts and desperate, are rounded up to compete in a survival game with a 45.6 billion Korean won prize money. 

The games are the kind that the participants played as kids, such as Red Light, Green Light, Dalgona Candy Challenge, Tug of War and others. Only there is a bloodthirsty twist to it. Elimination, losing or breaking of rules in the games end in participants being brutally killed.

As the Korean series takes the world by storm, here are the top 5 astonishing facts about the series. (*mild spoiler alert*)

1. It may become Netflix’s most popular show

Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said at a conference in Los Angeles, “There’s a show on Netflix right now that is the No. 1 in the world, like everywhere in the world. It’s called the Squid Game. Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure.” He added that it has a very good chance at becoming Netflix’s most popular show yet.

By many predictions, the bloodthirsty survival games series is well on its way to becoming Netflix’s biggest original series of all time, beating Bridgerton, which had 82 million subscribers tuning in within 28 days of its release.

Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure

Co-CEO Ted Sarandos
2. The show has an Indian connection

In the very first episode, we come across a man who saves the protagonist’s life, Player No 199. This character is played by Anupam Tripathi, an Indian actor. He is New Delhi-based, and has played small roles in earlier K-dramas, like Descendants of The Sun. In Squid Game, he plays a Pakistani labourer who is ill-treated by his employers.

3. Phone number shown in Squid Game is real

In the show, the participants are initially given a card with an eight-digit number printed on it, on which they have to call to confirm their participation.

The number, it turned out, belongs to a Korean man, who has been receiving endless calls and texts after the show aired. He said that his normal life has been disrupted due to the barrage of calls. 

In an even more bizarre turn of events, a South Korean presidential hopeful has offered 100 million won (US$85,000) to buy the phone number.

4. No plans of a sequel just yet 

The show ends on a cliffhanger, prompting many to wonder if there will be a sequel. 

Speaking to Variety, the writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk said, “I don’t have well developed plans for Squid Game 2… It is quite tiring just thinking about it.”

“But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors,” he added.

5. Player 067, the fiery South Korean girl, gained 8 mn Insta followers overnight

HoYeon Jung plays Kang Sae-byeok in the show which premiered on September 17. She had just 400,000 followers prior to the series release, but Jung had clocked up 1.7 million Instagram followers by September 23.