Sacred Games when it debuted last year became India’s first Netflix series that demanded an urgent return with its season finale. Almost a year later, fans get exactly what they want in this grim, gorgeous and unexpected story. The story revolves around an honest cop who is linked to a fugitive gang boss through their histories, the latter’s obscure warnings spur the cop who is on a mission to save Mumbai from catastrophe. Watch Sacred Games: Game Of Run And Chase
Indian audiences who have watched the most talked about show in the last decade, Game of Thrones can somewhat find similarity with this show. The major similarity between these shows is how the writer deals with the main characters of these respective shows. They either get killed or lose some part of their body. Head and thumb rule, anyone? The first season of Sacred Games is just the TV adaptation of the first quarter of the book. So with Radhika Apte’s character getting shot in the head, you can expect many more characters to be introduced in the seasons to come.
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You dive into the show thinking this is an adventure of Sartaj and Anjali together unraveling the truth. But it’s not. The show somewhat follows the same route as Game of Thrones where the characters you like or root for just get written off (a polite version of dies). But the frequency of it is so often that almost halfway through the season it kind of loses the element of surprise. You just expect them to die.
The overall Performance
Overall, the performance from the entire cast is phenomenal. It is a reasonably complex show with a lot of different characters so it might get a little hard at first to keep in mind who’s who. Keeping aside the fact that Sartaj Singh played by Saif Ali Khan and Gaitonde played Nawazuddin Siddiqui being the main characters, the other characters in the show deserve some serious appraise. Both the women, Radhika Apte and Rajshri Deshpande (who plays Gaitonde’s wife Subhadra) did a splendid job.
The latter made a mark in the industry with her portrayal of the wife of the notorious gangster. The show tried to depict the power of religion and class in our current society and jam pack it into a monologue by Subhadra, which shows how smart and kind she is at the same time. The show emphasizes on religion and all its different aspects. It also shows religious terrorism with the mosques burning down. But if you look at the entirety of the show it illustrates that the thing that brings us all together is, unfortunately, ripping people apart.
The show also demonstrates the state of fatherhood and how it varies from person to person resulting in the development of an individual.
The show often becomes too brooding and dark for its good, but Jitendra Joshi’s character Katekar brings a local flavor along with humor in this story. Everyone experiences tragedy in this show in their way. His character gets ripped off like many others, leaving the viewers devastated.
Sacred Games Conclusion
The only disappointing element in the show is the decisions the characters are forced to make forcing in introducing the usual story clichés. But the best part of the show is its pace of the storytelling, as juggling two storylines simultaneously at times becomes very hard. The way the show ended on a cliff-hanger shows how confident the makers were with their storytelling.