Sacred games Review
Director: Anurag Kashyap,Vikramaditya Motwane,Neeraj Ghaywan
Artists: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir
Web series : Thriller /Romance/Action
Rating: 4/ 5
A 900-page story of a book, which also has a 40-year political-social history of a city, is a difficult task to encapsulate in a web series. However, the handwriting of Varun Grover and his team for the Netflix web series on Vikram Chandra's novel 'Sacred Games' made it easy. And now through Netflix, viewers from all over the world can see the work of Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwani and stars like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and Pankaj Tripathi on that story. The first season saw 8 episodes of the series. It is being discussed and controversy is also arising.
What is the story of Sacred Games?
Mumbai's underworld is at the center of Netflix's Sacred Games. The story of the relationship between cinema, business, and religion is written in the mirror of the then political events. The series begins with a scene in Mumbai's Don Ganesh Eknath Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in which he is shown killing Zoya. Later, Gaitonde calls a Sikh inspector of Mumbai Police, Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and gives a tip that this call is going to change his life. The tip was that Mumbai would be destroyed in 25 days.
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Gaitonde had been missing for about 15 years. Sartaj is not convinced at first about his sudden appearance. But when he looks at Gaitonde's crime in the police records, the ground slips under his feet. Sartaj reaches Gaitonde to catch him but he shoots himself. The news of Gaitonde increases the anxiety among people associated with police, politics, business, cinema and crime. One by one, their dark sides are seen. These are the people who were associated with Gaitonde in one way or the other.
Gaitonde is the son of a Brahmin priest in a village in Maharashtra. His father survives by begging, which Gaitonde does not like. He is a psychological character. He understands the business of religion. Sin and virtue have their own meanings and rules. He has killed more than 150 people including his mother and his lover in a very inhumane manner. He considers himself the father of the "three fathers" and "God". He is sure that no one can kill him like "Ashwatthama".
He gave a tip to Sartaj because he had a friendship with Sartaj's father Dilbag Singh. He considered Dilbag a good person. Apart from Sartaj in Mumbai, there is no other reliable person in the eyes of Gaitonde. Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte) also has a character in a third end of the story. Anjali is a RAW officer. Anjali hears the conversation of Gaitonde and Sartaj and is examining her with the ISI angle. Her companions want Anjali to return to cover the field work and take over the work of the desk. Anjali's colleagues feel that because of the father's death in the field, she wants to work here. Although Anjali's character in the original book was not very long. Varun Grover had told this in an interview, "Anjali's character was more likely, so the character of RAW's female officer was coined by combining several characters."
Scene by scene of Sacred Games takes two stories together. There is a story of the senior officers in his department standing against the crime but Sartaj Singh is helpless. Sartaj has a lot of hustles in his life. Wife Medha has left him. The nameplate hanged outside his house and staring at him outside Medha's house every evening suggests that Sartaj is confident of his wife's return. For the past several years, there is no case in the hands of Sartaj because the department does not pay attention. Sartaj is an unworthy coop in the eyes of his boss Parulekar. He does not get good cases and his credit goes out to his fellow cop, Majid.
When he gets the tip of the destruction of Mumbai, he starts solving the case with Constable Katekar (Jitendra Joshi) without telling anyone. One day passes in the series. Gaitonde's second story is going on in flashback. Gaitonde considers religion to be the biggest business but it is not communal in character. After the Babri demolition and the Mumbai riots, when his 'innocent' wife Subhadra is killed in a Hindu-Muslim gang-war, he slaughters Muslims. 'Innocent' instead of 'innocent'. In the eyes of the world, even if it is a revenge for a Hindu gangster, Gaitonde calls it a revenge for Subhadra.
The reference to contemporary socio-political events through the narrator is excellent. Under the influence of these incidents, how Mumbai's underworld revenge and how Gaitonde built his empire by roasting things in the world of crime, how the alliance of film stars, businessmen and leaders with the mafia was ready - can be understood. Mumbai's Don Isa, Gaitonde's love transgender Kukku, Gaitonde's wife Subhadra, Bunty, are also the subtitles of the home minister who move forward by mixing the ends of the stories. The character of Gaitonde's third father i.e. Guruji and Trivedi is yet to fully open.
This is not at all the way the underworld of Mumbai has been shown in Sacred Games like never before. Anurag himself has done so. His "Gangs of Wasseypur" is an example of this. However, the difference is definitely that the story of Wasseypur is of a city like Dhanbad rather than Mumbai. Nevertheless, the style of the narration of Sacred Games definitely gives a feeling of newness. For this, Varun and his writing team deserve praise.