Netflix’s first unique Indian series Sacred Games offers a lucid and more linear version of events described by Vikram Chandra in his 947-page novel of the same name. Chandra’s 2006 novel had some of the most flamboyant descriptions of the city of Mumbai and its denizens ever committed to the page. Chandra’s kaleidoscopic classic follows the labours of Mumbai police inspector Sartaj Singh to unknot the mystery behind the suicide of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde. The initial four episodes of Sacred Games aired on 29 June 2018, with the bursting season of eight episodes released on Netflix on 6 July across 191 countries; it had subtitles in more than 20 languages. It gained mostly encouraging reviews from critics, with particular ovation for the performances and writing. In September 2018, it was announced that the series has been renewed for a second season.
In the series, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap and written by Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasanth Nath, the loopholes in the plot and predictable twists were compensated for in ingenious and welcome ways. Motwane and Kashyap, working with a far greater canvas than they’ve had in their films, create a captivating cross-weave of ideas, characters, and proceedings. Magnificently produced, lensed, scored and performed by a mostly apt crew cast, Sacred Games provides a striking platform of Indian craftsmanship for the universal viewership targetted by Netflix.
The first season, with eight episodes, ends on a cliff hanger, and the fact that Sartaj is frantically seeking is left for the expected second season. The series oozes with unseemliness. Men and women swear, injure, slay and fornicate their way across choice Mumbai locations. While the film making rhythms of Sacred Games, the crotchety and telegraphic dialogue, ripped-off-the-headlines quality and unambiguous sequences of blasphemy and nudity are typical of other such global web series, the concerns explored over the first season are steadily intended at local audience. The series spans four decades from the 1970’s to the present. Various chronological historical milestones pass in the backdrop, counting the Emergency of 1975, but one political event that has shaped and reshaped India’s immediate past and present stands out: the rise of Hindutva as a political force.
Vikram Chandra imagined Gaitonde as the fictitious face of the real-life Dawood Ibrahim, who enacted an pivot role in organising the 1993 serial explosion blasts in Mumbai as a rejoinder to communal riots that ripped the city apart in 1992 and late 1993. Gaitonde too earns the benefits of communal polarisation early on in his journey, and, like Dawood Ibrahim, is malformed from an illicit into a public enemy. There’s a fever-dream eminence to Gaitonde’s sequences, many of which unfurl in dawdling motion. Gaitonde’s fatalism is reflected in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s far-flung eyes and the smirk that creeps up when he is confronted with menace. Siddiqui is always present in every scene even as he suggests that he has previously crossed over to the erstwhile realm.
By contrast, Sartaj is a worrywart, convulsive out of his uniform in apprehension. Tense is the night as Sartaj pounds the streets of Mumbai in hunt of something he hasn’t fully understood yet. Saif Ali Khan does a terrific job of enacting a character hemmed in by candour and unwordly.
Stuck with an abhorrent chief, Parulkar (Neeraj Kabi), a dishonourable colleague, Majid (Aamir Bashir), and a organization that privileges short-cuts over ethics, Sartaj grows only gradually into his inevitable role as the moral centre of the series. Saif Ali Khan’s capability to slip under Sartaj’s skin and obscure his Hindi movie star image go some way towards making Sartaj the improbable hero of a story that spins on the deterioration of morality and humanity.
The cast is brimming with characters who contend for attention, and some are head and shoulders above over the others. Sartaj’s subordinate, the constable Katekar, is spectacularly brought to life by Jitendra Joshi. Sacred Games is often too dark and menacing for its own good, but Joshi brings welcome hilarity and local tang to the proceedings. (Alongside Girish Kulkarni, Joshi has the only unadulterated Marathi enunciation in the series, unlike Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Neeraj Kabi.)
Luke Kenny, playing the assassin Malcom, is a suitably spiteful existence and an paradigm of the kind of counter-casting that works in Sacred Games. Geetanjali Thapa has a lovely cameo role as a TV performer strained into sexual servitude.
Also among the noticeable characters is Kubbra Sait’s smashing Cuckoo, the bar artiste whom Gaitonde steals from his adversary Suleiman Isa. The scenes flanked by Siddiqui and Sait, which embrace references to her semblance to the 1970s star Parveen Babi and jokes about the difference in their respective height, ensure that compassion and susceptibility survive in a series dyed-in-the-wool to gloom and doom.
What made the series so special ?
There’s almost no enthralling content on Thrillers/ambiguity shows in Hindi language. Then came Sacred Games which catered to this necessitate Gap and won hearts all over India. Sacred Games catered to the niche audience. The predictable plot twists can be easily compensated by excellent performances by the leads as well as the sidekicks. After it’s first appearance on July 6, 2018 the key reason why it unrelenting it’s recognition is because of the genuine and captivating story line, incredibly written screenplay, masterful direction, persuasive characters and noteworthy performances from the cast.
The entire series felt reminiscent of part one of an eight-hour protracted movie and people started realizing that this series will put on a pedestal to the standards of our television industry which is at present drowning in a pathetic state filled with woeful family drama. On top of these factors, add the presence of stars like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. It is the result of an sophisticated planning to target audience, brilliant promotion and some stardust.
Irresistible wait for the next season …
The web series was longed-for for its gritty plot and power-packed performances. After the tremendous and stupendous first season, fans are eagerly waiting for a burning second season . Sacred Games Season 2 will be back in the midst of a new trace of treachery, felony, passion, and a exhilarating hound through Mumbai’s underbelly. Actor Saif Ali Khan will be back as police official Sartaj Singh in the second season while Nawazuddin will reprise his role as Ganesh Gaitonde.
However, the most appealing part will be to see Gaitonde’s mentor Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi) in season 2. Guruji was introduced in the first season as Gaitonde’s third father, who will play a crucial role in unfolding a shackle of events that silhouette the next season. Season 2 will enclose Kalki as Batya, and Ranvir Shorey as Shahid Khan.
Unfortunately though it was initially set to premiere on 28 June, its release has been deferred, reports midday. The report says its two stars, Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, are at present busy with erstwhile projects. But now Netflix revealed the date of release i.e on 15th August.
On 15th August we are going to experience the new season, the new trailer portrays the overtones of the reflection back to season 1. The soundtrack and score brilliantly carries the theme. We’re really looking forward to it!
So what are you guys waiting for? Grab your seats to spectate the brand new season of sacred games promising a new trail of friendship, betrayal, passion, crime, and a thrilling chase. Still haven’t seen the trailer ? you’re then missing on it !!
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