Genre: Crime Thriller
No. of seasons: 1*
No. of episodes: 8
IMDB rating: 9.3/10
After much anticipation and wait, Netflix finally released its first Indian series ‘Sacred Games’. Every one was hooked up to it immediately and it took over social media quickly. Personal review posts on Facebook to countless memes on Twitter, everyone is/was talking about the ‘Sacred Games’. Still considering that many haven’t seen the series yet, here I am writing a spoiler-free review of the same.
‘Sacred Games’ is an 8 part crime thriller based on a book written by Vikram Chandra by the same name. The series takes us back and forth through the late 80’s and present day. It meticulously deals with the relationship of police and goons ruling over Mumbai along with politicians and glamorous celebrities. The series is partly directed by Anurag Kashyap and partly by Vikramaditya Motwani. Sacred Games tells two different stories at the same time inter-linked with each other at various levels. One is of a notorious goon in Mumbai from the late 80’s named Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazudding Siddiqui), showcasing his rise, rule and bits & pieces of his eventual downfall. The other story is of Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), a present day Mumbai cop trying to solve a mystery while dealing with his personal problems and career troubles. The series has an ensemble cast of Jitendra Joshi as constable Katekar, Neeraj Kabi as DCP Parulkar, Kubra Sait as Kuckoo, Rajshri Deshpande as Subhadra, Shalini Vatsa as Kanta Bai, Radhika Apte as Anjali Mathur among many other prominent actors.
Post its release the series received mixed reviews from audiences and I share the same feelings. As per my observation, like any other Netflix series, this series too starts with a slow pace. First three episodes literally made me skip a few scenes as I found them stretched and unnecessary. But the series takes a strong pace from 4th episode and audiences are bombarded with a lot of information, sex scenes and violence. The series has my elements of violence, nudity and provocative language. As there was no censor board to regulate the scenes and language used in the show, the directors have taken liberty to capture many bold shots. The bold avtaars of the characters played by various actors on screen and their courage to do these scenes for Indian audiences are praise worthy. But after a couple of episodes I strongly felt that the nude scenes and the provocative language became too much too boring. If someone decided to play a drinking game every time any character utters words like chutiya, bhenchod, madarchod and bhosadike the liquor seller will be filthy rich at the end of the show. The directors stretched the liberty of no censor board to its limits.
But that does not give the reasons for many positive notes of the series. A big round of applause for the casting director of the show. Even the smallest characters are chosen very precisely. One of the finest works done by Saif Ali Khan, Nawazudding Siddiqui yet again proves himself by playing a dark character, Jitendra Joshi is as powerful as other leading actors and makes you emotionally involved with his character over the time, Kubra Sait is my most favorite character from the series and I am sure she is going to be a game changer. The art director and the whole production team have been successful to create the Mumbai of yesteryear. The easy camera moments around those natural looking sets help the audiences to relate more with the set up every minute.
Though sometimes predictable, Sacred Games is a must watch for the actors and to to cherish the beginning of a new wave in India’s audio-visual industry. Eagerly waiting for the second season!
Watch the trailer here: