Sacred Games – Netflix – 2 Seasons

Solid action packed entertainment albeit slightly melodramatic and over produced at times, Sacred Games follows the parallel stories of a cop and a criminal who both had brutal upbringings which they handled very differently.

The story covers the slow uncovering of an impending terrorist attack on Mumbai as protagonist Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ganesh Gaitonde wrestles with preserving the cult outlaw status he has built for himself with rescuing the city he proports to love. Saif Ali Khan plays Inspector Sartaj Singh who has little time for Gaitonde or his existential crisis and races against time to piece together clues that uncover the conspiracy behind the plot.

Season 1 is a bit of a slow burn but upon reflection leaves quite a few clues as to what is going on and should be commended for slowly building character profiles. Season 2 is much more blood and thunder as the police hone in on their target.

Kubra Sait breaks new ground portraying care free transgender character Kukkoo, a woman with an initial taste for the high life before slowly coming to terms with the sacrifices needed to achieve it.

It’s delivered primarily in Hindi therefore I suggest you watch with subtitles rather than with the awful dubbing provided by Netflix. Perhaps my appreciation for it is tainted by the much better, grittier and realism of Delhi Crime but not bad for my second ever Indian Netflix show.

Rating: 7.5/10

Viewed: March 2020

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