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“Do you believe in God?” begins Sacred Games, with yelp, a pool of blood and a menacing voiceover by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays Ganesh Gaitonde and believes he is God.





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“Do you believe in God?” begins Sacred Games, with yelp, a pool of blood and a menacing voiceover by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays Ganesh Gaitonde and believes he is God. Sacred Games is a decadent thriller that must be relished in its entirety. It is as unputdownable as Vikram Chandra’s book which is considered a classic. It’s almost scary how a story set in the 90s, written almost a decade ago remains eerily relevant to the current scenario with almost negligible tweaking. In terms of the adaptation, show runner Vikramaditya Motwane and his army – Anurag Kashyap, Varun Grover and others have done a flawless job. This is a masterclass product, edgy, layered, potent. So a cop – Sartaj Singh, pretty much solving the petty cases lands himself in the higher ranks when a long forgotten gangster resurfaces to give him a phone call. So why does the dreaded Ganesh Gaitonde, who had gone underground for many years call a Godforsaken cop. The answer lies in Dilbagh Singh, father of Sartaj Singh. Before he could get more, Sartaj digs up the hole where Ganesh lives and he shoots himself. But not before he tells him that the city is under threat and no one will get out of this alive. 

It’s interesting how the leads have been created. They are poles apart but there is a human chord that joins them; so disparate two men, divided by their social backgrounds and yet they seem like two sides of the same coin. Personally, you’ll be more attracted to Gaitonde – he is ballsy, irreverent, colourful. There is a lot to admire in him, his courage, his ability to love without judging. Sartaj is devoid of the same flavour. He is mundane, miserable, divorced and pining for his ex wife. Professionally life hasn’t been a hit either. Vikram and Anurag direct them separately bringing to the fore each of their qualities. So under Anurag, Nawaz blooms like a newbie, romancing the camera without any inhibitions. He sinks his teeth into the character fearlessly. Motwane takes the garb off the Nawab and brings out a raw energy in Saif. He is not extravagant here, delivering a marvellously understated performance. If you like Nawaz more than Saif, that’s also the trick of the writing which favours Gaitonde over Sartaj. Of course, bad always looks better on the big frame. 

The narrative opens up into beautiful subplots each taking on a new theme. There is love, an overpowering emotion. And there is sex, lots of it coming naturally, without the ‘perverse’ label CBFC slaps on it. There is loyalty and deception, nationalism and the lack of it, all of it becoming an intoxicating mix here. The end product is riveting and gritty, elevated by the rousing score by Aloknanda Dasgupta. The chopping department has done a brilliant job is maintaining is essence of every significant player in this crowded ensemble. A big shoutout for Mukesh Chhabra who puts together some fabulous actors. Kubra Sait was revelation as the charming Cuckoo, a transgender who changes Gaitonde’s life. Radhika Apte as the no-nonsense Raw agent nails the act. 

With everyone is top notch form, Sacred Games is something that we should be proud of. And now that we are done with devouring Season 1, the next one come sooner. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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