Looking for a new binge? Enter Sacred Games.
It seems kind of odd when you think about it that India, with its billion-plus population and thriving film and tv industry, has never produced a show for Netflix. However, the streaming service have finally broken the subcontinent by bringing to life Vikram Chandra’s best-selling crime-thriller novel, Sacred Games. And if initial reviews are to be believed, it’s well worth a watch.
Sacred Games tells the story of Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), a police officer based in Mumbai tasked with capturing criminal kingpin Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Saif Ali Khan is already a major Bollywood star, and judging by the fact that the show already has over 8,000 reviews on IMDB, we’re assuming that Sacred Games has generated pretty significant traction in its home country.
Reviews from around the world have been outstanding as well, likening it to other gangster epics like Narvcos. ‘Sacred Games doesn’t feel generic,’ says a review by The New York Times. ‘Energetic and entertaining, if not entirely satisfying (four of eight episodes were available for review), it toggles between stylized melodrama and loose-limbed satire — hewing, perhaps a little too closely, to the structure of Mr. Chandra’s sprawling novel.’
‘There are clear flaws to Sacred Games (the story cliches, some avoidable poor decisions that characters make, etc.),’ wrote The Hollywood Reporter ,’but there’s also something riveting about India’s bleaker, darker heart being exposed as opposed to some upbeat, colorful explosion of dance scenes.
The eight-part first series of the show is available on Netflix now.
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