So, after impressing the audience with “Orange Is The New Black” & “House Of Cards”, it is time for that much-awaited Indian original series on Netflix. Based on the novel of Vikram Chandra, “Sacred Games”, this series of the same name has managed to garner scrupulous reviews from people. It has become like a rage among people and the audience simply cannot wait for the next season to revive. This is an 8 episodes show of 40 minutes each that has left everyone in awe. In case, you belong to that minority group who still haven’t found time to watch this epic show, I have reasons for you to coerce you to watch it right away.
The First Jolt
That character of Nawazuddin saying “Bhagwaan ko maante ho?” (Do you believe in God?) & “Kabhi Kabhi lagta hai apun hi bhagwaan hai” (Sometimes I feel, I am the God) – gives you a certain shock for sure! No one has ever heard of such bold, dynamic, raw, & flabbergasting dialogues and that too on the first episode. In that terms, this series can be compared to Game of Thrones – the first episode is a bit hard to understand but once you survive that, the rest of the journey is smooth, engrossing, and enjoyable.
Multidimensional Plots & Psychologies
Sacred Games start with a threat call to a Police Officer that if he can save Mumbai, then listen to my story. But this series is not only about saving Mumbai, but it also has too many underlying plots inside it. You will come across different stories and characters of different psychologies and flavors which add to your pure entertainment.
This series is not only about the lead characters like Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui – who are definitely big names now. But Sacred Games is also a lot about the rest of the characters. Each and every character would leave a mark on your mind be it the Police Constable katekar or Jitendra Joshi, Bunty or Jatin Sarna, Parulekar or Neeraj Kabi, & Cuckoo or Kubra Sait. A special mention has to be Rajshree Deshpande who played Subhadra and Shalini Vatsa who played Kanta Bai. These are the two women who keep Ganesh Gaitonde, the lead character of Nawazuddin at a reality check. Varun Grover has done the character sketching brilliantly and the cast has done more than 100% justice to the given roles. You would simply rewind and watch again and again.
An actor becomes powerful on screen for the hard work his/her director has done. The directors have the CV of “Gangs Of Wasseypur”, “Udaan”, “Satya”, “Dev.D”, “Lootera”, “Paanch”, “Black Friday”, “Trapped”, etc. So, undoubtedly, the show had to be that game changer. These mentioned movies are those handfuls which have changed the landscape of Indian cinema or gloriously presented India to the world platform and this time these two Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane have again done something for which the Indian audience would be forever thankful.
You would see the signature Anurag here with funny one-liners among the gangsters, witty fight or shootout sequences. And of course, the raw yet endearing use of Ma***C**d. There is the usual sex, ferocity, cuss words, nudity, and drugs. But nowhere you would feel these are unnecessary or crossing the line with context and that’s the true Anurag style. The softer tone of Sartaj Singh was directed by Motwane. Another signature of these directors is their eyes for detailing which is why you would feel satisfied with this series. So, the whole execution from storyboarding to acting, direction to editing – all are simply mind-blowing.
Meaning Of The Name Of Episodes
One of the major highlights of Sacred Games is the interesting name of the episodes. All the names are taken from our great mythology and have a well-researched and deep connection with the content of each episode. For example, The first episode is “Ashwathama” – that Hindu legend who was cursed to suffer human life for 3000 years, in a way making him invincible. Ganesh Gaitonde utters that he is Ashwathama whose story won’t end till the story is over. He kills himself in the first episode but the story follows. Episode 4 is named “Brahmahatya” because Gaitonde is Brahmin himself but in his life, he does all those things that a Brahmin in Hindu won’t do like eating non-veg or killing people. Thus, he kills the Brahman inside him which led to this name. With the name of these episodes, you would learn many things not only about the plot but also about our mythology.
The Never Seen Before Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan is in his biggest career low currently. With 7 films bombing back to back, he is clueless where things are going wrong. His choice of movies have definitely sharpened over the last few years but luck is not by his side with movies like Chef or Kalakaandi. But Sacred Games turned out to be a big-big achievement for him career-wise. He plays the role of Sartaj Singh who is an honest police officer who is aware of the dirty power games and corruption going around him in his department. He is not someone who would let go of moral standards and Saif Ali Khan convincingly pulls out this underdog cop role. This cop is going through an emotional jolt in his personal life too and that’s well narrated through his moves.
Radhika Apte – When Charm & Grace Meets Aggression
She deserves some extra brownie points. Radhika Apte plays the role of Anjali Mathur who would not tolerate any non-sense at her workplace. She is a RAW agent and wants to prove a point that women in RAW are as good as their male counterpart on field. She is not happy to digest a desk job. That aggression on her eyes with a graceful body language is not to be forgotten at all. Radhika Apte deserves all the laurels for carting out Anjali Mathur with aplomb.
The God Himself – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Is there anything that this 5 feet 5 inches actor cannot do? After so many years of struggle in Bollywood, when we finally saw him in Wasseypur – he was like a revelation. He is truly a volcano of talent. The moviebuffs would always be thankful to Mr. Kashyap for introducing Nawaz to us. He plays Ganesh Gaitonde here – the notorious crime mafia who is up for no good. He goes missing for 16 years but revives with a powerfully spread web that may destroy Mumbai. The story begins in 2018 but Nawaz unfolds many roots of his Gaintonde character from the 80’s. We all know what a terrific performer he is and Sacred Games have just added another feather to his glorious crown. He is more ruthless than Faizal but has a calmer and a more calculative mind than him.
Just like any other Anurag Kashyap creation, this Sacred Games is also like a great addiction. Which you can watch over and over again without getting bored and tired. Because every time you may discover a new aspect to the characters, the nuances of acting, the brilliance of direction, etc. Another mention-worthy thing is the music of this TV series. Which has been made keeping the 80’s era in mind as the chunk of the story resides in that time. So, please watch Sacred Games now because this is the kind of TV series we all truly deserve!