Sacred Games is an Indian crime-drama web tv series by Netflix. The first season was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, but this season is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghayawan. Vikramaditya Motwane is playing the role of a showrunner. The series is based on Vikram Chandra’s thriller novel of the same name. The novel was adapted by Smita Singh, Vasant Nath, and Varun Grover. The Season 1 was released on July 2018 which consisted of eight episodes. This season also consists of eight episodes which were premiered on Netflix on 15 August 2019.
The series continues the story of two central characters, Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), a righteous and jaded police officer, whose paths intersect with Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), the self-obsessed notorious gangster boss. In the first season, when Sartaj receives a cryptic message from Gaitonde and learns about the lurking attack on Mumbai, starts his investigation to prevent the attack. The first season ended with the downfall of Gaitonde and Sartaj learning about the possible nuclear attack, which created unprecedented hype for its raw content and excellent performances.
Like the first season, the series continues to uncover the plot in a diabolical manner. In this season, Sartaj is slowly getting to know about the whole conspiracy, the people involved in it, and the religious angle to it. The first season had so many interesting and compelling characters, some died, some survived. In this season also the remaining characters are shining throughout along with some new characters like – Amruta Subhash as Kusum Devi Yadav, Kalki Koechlin as Batya Abelman, Ranvir Shorey as Shahid Khan. Especially, Pankaj Tripathi as Khanna Guruji, whose role was just hinted in the first season, but now he is one of the central character and the most important one in the series.
With such a talented ensemble of the cast, there is no doubt that the performances are just top-notch. And overall, with every episode, the plot gets more and more intimidating, and as the trailers had suggested, which were dropped a couple of months before, it is truly intense, darker, grittier than ever, and maintains that thriller vibe throughout. Structurally, it is a well-put story, and well-shot as well. The lightings, costume design, camera angles, background score, and instrumental music are extraordinary. In this season, the first few episodes are slower, full of chaos with new characters, which are the build-up for the outburst towards the end.
This season digs down to the different layers of the characters and gives the proper arc to their journey. Like the first season, the episode names are based on something mythological and religious, and every episode tries to explain it wonderfully. The events in the series are novel-based, but those are based on the real-life events, which gives it believability and rawness it needed. Some of the scenes in this series are really disturbing to watch. Nowadays, the villain characters are portrayed with a very convincing and compelling mindset, and in that case, this series is no different. The plans of the villain may seem unmerciful or heartless but at a particular point, it all starts making sense. This kind of portrayal gives the multi-dimensional outlook to that character, which is much more fascinating to dig into. And when the villain character is so good that it becomes likable, then the protagonist has to have more potential to break the villain’s ideology.
Finally, every episode has a cliffhanger ending to it, which will surely make you go for the next one in no time, till you reach the end. Towards the end, all the fog starts getting cleared and we’re able to see the big picture, but still, it leaves the audience with open some ends to the story and unanswered questions. I mean, is it the end of sacred Games? or is it going to come with more seasons?
Verdict : In the first season, some things were hinted, the suspense was built, which made it great. And this season is trying to connect those dots, uncovering dark secrets, which may not feel that great to some as compared to the first season. But in my opinion, this season is as enjoyable as the previous one.
Rating : 4.4/5
Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-Xe8gLBc5I
Click here to check the review for the first season : https://moviepub.org/2018/07/12/sacred-games-season-1-2018-review/