Yes, JustInReviews has come up with Bollywood latest update yet again. Over here, we are reviewing Netflix’s first original web series! It is titled ‘ Sacred Games’.
To start with, the series takes after the lives of two men in parallel time-frames, gaining maximum from the serious undercurrents of present day crime stories.
Adapted from Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel by the same name, “Sacred Games” starts as an investigation conducted by a local officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), who carries on from an investigation of a robbery turned wrong to revealing the master plan behind a massive foundation of institutional corruption. Following a strange telephone call, Sartaj in the long run makes a deadly revelation that sends him tracking a developing criminal empire that traverses across city businesses, Bollywood, and possibly his own Police Department.
Some portion of Sartaj’s investigation interweaves his destiny with that of Ganesh Gaitonde played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, one of the city’s largest organized crime kings. As Sartaj takes after the evidence trail that Gaitonde leaves behind (post being advised to get off the case), a progression of flashbacks scales Gaitonde’s ascent from a vexed adolescence as he challenges the current criminal and political elite.
At the forefront, Sacred Games gives off an impression of being a standard cat-mouse pursue however the show’s investigative, contemplative nature transforms a usual crime-advantage to a gnawing analysis on the zeitgeist. Its pertinence to our present day moment can’t be exaggerated.
Show directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, with their writing team (Smita Singh, Varun Grover, Vasant Nath) grab on the opportunity provided by a platform that is free from censorship to put forth an impactful statement.
The visuals and references to the Babri Masjid demolition, the subsequent riots, and the 1993 bomb-blasts are foreboding. Be that as it may, Sacred Games catches religion’s double faces: disruptive and liberatory. The series likewise throws light on police apathy, the corrupted police force, and how bias, especially towards a particular religious minority community, propagates and powers wrongdoing as insensitive cops choose not to see to violations in slum settlements.
On the performance front, Saif Ali Khan, who has as of late seen a series of flops, Sacred Games could prove to be a point of return for him. His tired face, anger within, uncover an urgent yet genuine need to set things right. Majority would call it a stellar execution, one that Khan bites on gradually as he vanishes into the broken persona of a tormented cop.
Siddiqui’s essaying of the gangster Gaitonde can be called nuanced, layered and thoughtful, even if he voices more north Indian rather than Maharashtrian.
Siddiqui appears reckless and merciless yet in addition a helpless romantic. Cuckoo (an impressive Kubra Sait) and his scenes, a character he falls madly in love with, are handled with delicacy. That’s when you begin feeling for an undeniable bad guy.
Khan’s boss played by Neeraj Kabi, Jitendra Joshi in and as constable Katekar, Gaitonde’s aide in Jatin Sarna are found to be impressive in a surrounding strong cast.
With this served on the platter, its for viewers to decide whether to go for it or not.
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