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Sacred Games – Netflix’s major plan for India. Made much of a surprise because it is damn good. Catch the review of Sacred Games and before reading any further, a few major spoilers ahead!

  • Sacred Games has a rating of 9.6/10 from IMDb, which is quite unbelievable.

  • Netflix made this show available in almost 190 countries on July 6, 2018.

  • This show is in Hindi, also dubbed in four international languages including English.

Being Netflix’s first original series produced in India, Sacred games is a multilayer show covering, terror, spiritual perception, romance, betrayal, mafia, doomsday and many more. Bollywood’s big and famous stars took part in the show starring Saif Ali KhanNawazuddin SiddiquiRadhika Apte. With over 500 million users in India alone, Netflix took a giant move to come up with a series that follows a similar formula as another Netflix America-Columbian original series launched in 2015 – Narcos. They are not completely similar but share a violent combination.

What’s the show – Sacred Games all about?

Mumbai, a city where a lot can happen is busy with its overpopulation, where a low profile police inspector – Sartaj Singh is caught up in a situation where he has to testify a false statement to cover up a mess by his senior officer. Sartaj is all alone, his wife leaves him, he’s depressed. Then out of nowhere, he receives a tip about Ganesh Gaitonde – a terrorist who is missing for 16 years from an unknown call and an unknown person which changes his motive and mission.

The series starts slow, picks up the pace after a few episodes. The name itself justifies the show, Sacred Games – A crash course in a world where religion is deemed to be the biggest business game. The story is set up according to the actual events that happen in India. The journey begins in the 1960’s, where a little kid – Ganesh Gaitonde is forced into a situation where he loses his parents and captures himself at wrong places. There begins his spiritual vengeance – Ganesh Gaitonde comes across three important people in his life, whom he justifies as his fathers, how these fathers help Ganesh to nurture his personality is the crux of the show.

When Sartaj unveils that everything is going to end in 25 days, he starts his own operation under the influence of a RAW agent – Anjali Mathur, in spite of being fired. The tip which Sartaj receives in the phone call claims that Ganesh and Sartaj’s father are related and this relation is the sole purpose of the anonymous phone call. This gives Sartaj motive to investigate and risk his life for the case.

Review

The show has a portrays of the dark side of Mumbai, it concentrates the gangster saga and unstoppable crime in the city. Being a Netflix original, Sacred Games has an Indian touch because it is directed by Anurag KashyapVikramaditya Motwane. The actors could not have done any better. A big credit to the cast. Nawaz is well suited for his gangster role, he owned the screen in every shot he acted and Saif Ali Khan as a Sardar was sweet and perfect.

When I said it has a similar formula as Narcos, the cinematography and screenplay were in the same line. The conflicts and shootouts among gangs are just the same in both series and the camera movements in Sacred Games is very much inspired by Narcos. Pablo Escobar – the Drug lord of Columbia can be well compared to Ganesh Gaitonde, both prefer a violent way to begin, settle and conquer. The only difference is Escobar was encountered but Ganesh Gaitondey killed himself.

Ganesh Gaitonde and Pablo Escobar

Unlike Bollywood movies, the extra spices and masala are not included in the show, but not to forget, there are a lot of adult scenes, which help in the story to proceed, which is a rare happening on Indian grounds. While most of the story is predictable and slow, you will find the character dept interesting. The narration stands as an important element which is done by Ganesh Gaitonde about his past. His dialogues are so powerful and moving, that will contradict your spiritual belief system – “Do you believe in god? He doesn’t give a fuck”

The writers’ team which Include Varun Grover, Vasant Nath and Smita Singh crafted the story from the adaptations of  Vikram Chandra‘s 2006 crime novel Sacred Games in the local Indian language. this is the secret behind such terrific and brilliant story.

This Indian web television series is a major opportunity for Netflix to dominate India, its competitors like Hotstar, Voot and also Amazon Prime Video are on their own tracks for gaining users, but Netflix has invested a huge amount in originals and there are other shows coming too. The promotion of Scared Games is in full swing covering major cities in India.

Sacred Games Review
  • Sacred Games rating
4

Summary

Sacred Games is very well shaped Netflix original, holding the same standards of an American series. A good pick for television show lovers to witness mafia and cop corruption.

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