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Squid Game: A Dystopian Korean Drama Featuring a Pakistani Migrant Worker

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Popular Netflix series Squid Games is a dystopian survival drama about unfortunate people trapped in debt who enter a series of six survival games. The losers die while the single winner takes away 46.5 billion (US$38 million) South Korean won. One US dollar is equal to about 1,200 Korean Won.

Anupam Tripathi as Ali Abdul in Squid Games

One of the characters in the series is an exploited Pakistani migrant worker named Ali Abdul who just wants to send money home to help his family in Pakistan. Ali's role is played by Indian actor Anupam Tripathi. Tripathi has previously played other foreign characters in the genre often referred to as K-drama. Squid Games has achieved top ratings around the world in spite of its very violent content. It is the top-rated show among Netflix subscribers in Pakistan.




Squid Games has brought to light high levels of inequality and household debt in South Korea. The total household debt in the country exceeds its entire GDP, among the highest in the world. By comparison, formal household debt in Pakistan is just 4% of its GDP, according to the IMF. It can be explained by the fact that the availability of mortgage financing, car loans and credit cards is very limited in Pakistan.


Only 14.6% of household debt is owed to banks, and the rest to informal sources like family and friends. Researchers Sajid Amin Javed, Wajid Ali and Ifra Baig at SDPI (Sustainable Development Policy Institute) have analyzed four rounds of the HIES segment of the Pakistan Social and Living Standard Measurement (PSLM) and data from the PPHS (covering the 2005 to 2016 period), and found that 20% of households in Pakistan are indebted.

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The actor is South Indian. He looks Dravidian af. He doesn’t look Pakistani at all. The ignorant *** Korean casting director is obviously blind.
 

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The actor is South Indian. He looks Dravidian af. He doesn’t look Pakistani at all. The ignorant *** Korean casting director is obviously blind.

He is Bengali from West Bengal, India.
He is friends with Pakistani girl Sadia Rind, youtuber who married Bangladeshi guy. They were all friends in Korea. She now lives with her husband in Dhaka.
 

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The actor is South Indian. He looks Dravidian af. He doesn’t look Pakistani at all. The ignorant *** Korean casting director is obviously blind.
I know right
That Korean casting team should visit PDF to understand a scientifically proven fact on this forum that Indians and Pakistanis are racially very different. Anyone who hasn't visited PDF still thinks otherwise. That's sad.
 

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I don't understand what's the fuzz about this series ? its not some piece of art or crazy twisted story.
 

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Isn't South Korea part of the Capitalist "Free World" where suicides because of indebtedness are freely acceptable as is acceptable homelessness, hunger, deaths because of diseases that were not treated because of lack of money, other such things ?

He is friends with Pakistani girl Sadia Rind, youtuber who married Bangladeshi guy. They were all friends in Korea. She now lives with her husband in Dhaka.

Googled her. YT thumbnails show her in closeups with a dog. Yuck !
 

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This has a more or less similar plot to that Emraan Hashmi starrer Gangster (2006). This was the film debut for Kangana Ranaut. Then lately she sold her soul to the RSS and acting as their mouthpiece now. Very sad.

 

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This has a more or less similar plot to that Emraan Hashmi starrer Gangster (2006). This was the film debut for Kangana Ranaut. Then lately she sold her soul to the RSS and acting as their mouthpiece now. Very sad.


I read the story and it is a good one and the film was well-received but in what points do you equate its story with the South Korean serial ?

And yes, it is sad what has become of Kangana.
 

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Popular Netflix series Squid Games is a dystopian survival drama about unfortunate people trapped in debt who enter a series of six survival games. The losers die while the single winner takes away 46.5 billion (US$38 million) South Korean won. One US dollar is equal to about 1,200 Korean Won.

Anupam Tripathi as Ali Abdul in Squid Games

One of the characters in the series is an exploited Pakistani migrant worker named Ali Abdul who just wants to send money home to help his family in Pakistan. Ali's role is played by Indian actor Anupam Tripathi. Tripathi has previously played other foreign characters in the genre often referred to as K-drama. Squid Games has achieved top ratings around the world in spite of its very violent content. It is the top-rated show among Netflix subscribers in Pakistan.




Squid Games has brought to light high levels of inequality and household debt in South Korea. The total household debt in the country exceeds its entire GDP, among the highest in the world. By comparison, formal household debt in Pakistan is just 4% of its GDP, according to the IMF. It can be explained by the fact that the availability of mortgage financing, car loans and credit cards is very limited in Pakistan.


Only 14.6% of household debt is owed to banks, and the rest to informal sources like family and friends. Researchers Sajid Amin Javed, Wajid Ali and Ifra Baig at SDPI (Sustainable Development Policy Institute) have analyzed four rounds of the HIES segment of the Pakistan Social and Living Standard Measurement (PSLM) and data from the PPHS (covering the 2005 to 2016 period), and found that 20% of households in Pakistan are indebted.

Related Links:

Haq's Musings

South Asia Investor Review

Credit Suisse Wealth Report 2016

Pakistan's Trillion Dollar Economy Among World's Fastest Growing

Pakistan: A Majority Middle Class Country

Karachi School of Business and Leadership

State Bank: Pakistan's Actual GDP Higher Than Officially Reported

College Enrollment in Pakistan

Musharraf Accelerated Development of Pakistan's Human and Financial Capital

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Riaz Haq's YouTube Channel

PakAlumni: Pakistani Social Network






I have been to Pakistan over 40 times. He looks about as much Pakistani as the president of Somalia looks Italian.
He is Bengali from West Bengal, India.
He is friends with Pakistani girl Sadia Rind, youtuber who married Bangladeshi guy. They were all friends in Korea. She now lives with her husband in Dhaka.




That doesn't make the indian actor look Pakistani.
 

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The actor is South Indian. He looks Dravidian af. He doesn’t look Pakistani at all. The ignorant *** Korean casting director is obviously blind.
Yee he should have casted Nordic men to represent Pakistan. I don't see much difference from this guy, just another brown face.
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Why is it that any role of "Pakistani" in movies is mostly played by those damn indians? My God some of them really are spineless creatures with no dignity or honor.

It's insulting and disgusting for us Pakistanis that our role is played by the enemy.
 

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Isn't South Korea part of the Capitalist "Free World" where suicides because of indebtedness are freely acceptable as is acceptable homelessness, hunger, deaths because of diseases that were not treated because of lack of money, other such things ?



Googled her. YT thumbnails show her in closeups with a dog. Yuck !

USA is a capitalist but you will see more homeless in DC than other cities. In fact there is a huge homeless shelter next to Federal building.

Dogs are also God’s creation and they show emotions just like human and other animals. We don’t suppose to hate them. Having them In the house and pakie & napaki is another discussion issue.
 
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