Sacred Games: The Show the Whole World Is Talking About!
Now, if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past month, you would have heard about ‘Sacred Games’, India’s first Netflix Original TV Show. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, and Radhika Apte. The show is based on a book of the same name, written by Vikram Chandra. It was published way back in 2006 and was critically acclaimed since its release. It’s a riveting story about a flawed cop and a Mumbai Gangster. The point of view is of Sartaj, the cop, played by Khan. And, Nawazuddin’s character, Gaitonde faces bumps and hurdles throughout his troubled life. It’s turbulent, to say the least, describing his rise from the son of a pandit to one of the most formidable gangsters in town. However, whosoever rises, must fall.
If you’re worried that Sacred Games is anything like the Bollywood shows that you are used to seeing, don’t be. It is a Netflix Original, which means there is no space for Indian over the top acting. In fact, it’s like an Indian Narcos. If that doesn’t sell the show to you, I don’t know what will. Unless you haven’t seen Narcos. In which case, please go see Narcos. You don’t know what you’re missing. As for why you should watch Sacred Games:
You know how in Bollywood movies or Hindi Television shows, some of the actors are great but the rest just let you down? An inconsistent performance if you will. In Sacred Games, the cast is infallible. Everyone belongs in that show, in their characters. No one is standing out unless they are supposed to. Saif Ali Khan has done a remarkable job in leaving his star power behind and just being an ordinary Mumbai Cop. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is as usual, brilliant in the role of Gaitonde. He is the quintessential Mumbai Gangster, going from rags to riches to rags seamlessly. The supporting cast is phenomenal as well, accentuating the flavour of the Mumbai underbelly with finesse and apparent ease. Netflix’s Darling, Radhika Apte just proves why she’s been in three Netflix shows and why she deserved to be lauded by an international audience.
2. The Directors and Cinematography
Sacred Games is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. Fun fact is that they both shot different parts of the show simultaneously. Kashyap shot the flashbacks of the 1980’s Bombay whereas Motwane shot the present. The scenes are incredibly detailed with dark undertones and you can just tell that Netflix is behind the creation. Everything about the show screams Netflix and you’ll understand why if you’ve seen the show and if you’ve also seen Narcos.
3. The Plot
It’s based on a book. So you can count on the fact that the plot is very well made and it won’t go out a limb like a headless chicken. Of course, like any adaptation, it picks and chooses what it wants to emphasize and one of the deviations was the role of Kukoo. If you haven’t seen it, she is an absolute enigma in the show, someone quite important to Siddiqui. Her charms enamor him in spite of the fact that he discovers a secret that all of Bombay knows but grudgingly accepts. Kubira Sait has done an excellent job, and there have been a lot of questions regarding her identity in real life.
The opening lines of the show are, ‘Bhagwan ko l*** farak nahi padta’ which loosely translates into God doesn’t give a f***. It can’t get more earthy than that, can it? You know Gaitonde means business when he starts off like that. You also know that Netflix means business with dialogues, not shying away from M******* or B********, just like Narcos keeps up the relentless stream of P***. So, it’s a show grounded in reality, in the dark bowels of Bombay. You know you’re being transported into a different world.
Sacred Games is a stellar show, on par with any international show you want to watch on Netflix. It has everything you could ask for and more: acting, plot, cinematography, endearing characters. It’s the whole concoction. If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to watch it. You won’t be able to stop watching it till you reach the last episode. That’s a promise.
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