Welcome to the world of ‘realistic’ filmmaking – where Muslim characters are not allowed to be completely fleshed out and die quickly, Brahmin dude-bros named Gaitonde, Pandit and Trivedi are the last ones left standing in key plot points (they will die later, rest assured), a Sikh protagonist is played by Saif Ali Khan and a trans person played by cis-woman Kubra Sait. Where tokenism is concerned – check!
Sacred Games, based on the novel by Vikram Chandra, and directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane is a glimpse into the gritty underworld of Mumbai. It follows the lives of protagonists crime lord Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and police inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan). This is India’s first foray into an original series on Netflix.
Sacred Games showcased an intense storyline, decent cinematography, audio scores and wonderful acting, but that is all I can say when it comes to praise. The never-ending fridging (4 times in 8 episodes), demonising and disposal of Muslims, repeated references to Hindu scriptures, combined with the occasional insult directed at Rajiv Gandhi (not defending his actions) – condenses into a formula that can make Hindutva forces such as the BJP very happy – which they have already capitalised on.
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