Jun 062018

When you have the brains of creative geniuses like Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap calling the shots for a web series, you know your expectations are already pretty high. The final trailer of ‘Sacred Games’ dropped and it absolutely looks like a brilliantly done show.

The series stars Saif Ali Khan as the fierce cop who is in a cat-mouse chase with the villain and the stellar actor, Nawazuddin.

The Trailer Of 'Sacred Games' Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Saif Ali Khan© Netflix

The Trailer Of 'Sacred Games' Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Saif Ali Khan© Netflix

The series also stars Radhika Apte who joins hands with Saif in the criminal chase game. The show touches the theme of the villain issuing a warning to the good cop that his Mumbai city is in danger. What follows is some gripping action and a wonderfully directed movie.

The Trailer Of 'Sacred Games' Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Saif Ali Khan© Netflix

It is safe to say that it is the most awaited show in India at the moment. The series will make its debut on Netflix on 6th July, so make sure you watch it.

May 042018

Netflix India’s much awaited series, ‘Sacred Games’ has created all kind of buzz on the internet. While we have binge-watched so many Netflix shows, it is a sheer visual treat to see our own actors come together for a fabulous ‘desi’ crime show. Before we talk about how it goes down, let’s have a look at the teaser:

Even if you’re a god, betrayal is the only truth. Presenting Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte in the Netflix original series, Sacred Games. Premieres 6th July 2018.@SacredGames_TV pic.twitter.com/BEHMrLypZk

— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) May 4, 2018

Okay, first things first. We love the star cast, everyone seems to be fitting in their role perfectly. Nawazuddin is the self-proclaimed gangster god, Saif Ali Khan is a Sikh police officer, and there is the added brilliance of Radhika Apte. The series is based on the famous book by the same name written by Vikram Chandra.  If you love overdosing on crime dramas, then ‘Sacred Games’ fits the bill for you. The show airs on July 6th and will be an eight episode long series. People are loving the whole ‘Narcos’ feel to it.

Gives me Narcos chills

— Shiva Saran (@YusCube) May 4, 2018

Eagerly waiting for this one.. Next super hit netflix original

— Shaswata Kapat (@Kapatshaswata98) May 4, 2018

The show is directed by Anurag Kashyap, so the expectations are obviously high. We are now waiting for the trailer to launch.

Mar 092018

Ahead of web debut, Saif Ali Khan speaks of how the medium is more satisfying than films

Saif Ali Khan

He was one of the first from Bollywood to jump on to the digital bandwagon when he gave his nod to the Netflix original, Sacred Games, in June 2016. A year-and-a-half and completion of the shoot later, Saif Ali Khan says the medium, by its very nature, offers much more creative satisfaction to artistes.

Saif Ali Khan in Sacred Games
Saif Ali Khan in Sacred Games

“It is liberating as an actor to have a platform [like Netflix] to act on. Vikram [Vikramaditya Motwane] and Anurag [Kashyap] have been wonderful directors. With no censorship, this platform offers creative freedom. That’s what makes it so exciting,” says Khan, who plays cop Sartaj Singh, in the adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name.

Staying true to its theme of Mumbai’s underbelly, the gritty series that also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, was shot in the bylanes of the city. With a 25-year-long career in movies behind him, the actor says there is a marked difference in the way a web series is shot vis-a-vis a Bollywood project. “The art directors and other technicians had a meticulous approach, which is rare to see in films. The locations where we have shot are better and more authentic than most movies that I have worked on, so far. You relate to the character differently when you are in a live location.”

His choice of films – be it the quirky Kaalakandi or the period drama Rangoon (2016) – is proof that he likes to experiment. This time too, Khan says it was his “slightly damaged character” that drew him to the script. “My character is full of angst, which has led to his dependency on sleeping pills. He chews them like chewing gum throughout the day. This is the most dynamic role of my career. So, I had to push myself as an actor. I am energetic and upbeat by nature, but I had to play a depressed character.”

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Feb 232018

As soon as Netflix announced that it will be making its way to India, fans of the online streaming service were ready with their credit cards. But when it finally was available, it caused widespread disappointment across the country as the content available was different and way too less as compared to other countries.

So in a way to compensate for the same, Netflix decided to go ahead and make content with Indian actors and storylines that would be relatable to the Indian audience. Its upcoming show ‘Sacred Games’ is an attempt at the same and its first look sure looks promising.

First Look At Netflix's New Indian Show 'Sacred Games'© Netflix

The first thing that got us intrigued is the fact that it is based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name by author Vikram Chandra and is being directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.

First Look At Netflix's New Indian Show 'Sacred Games'© Goodreads

Our hopes were already at an all-time high and then we got to hear the next best news which is the cast of the show: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte.

And today, the Twitter account of Netflix India provided us with the first look at them.

The deadliest games are the ones we’ve been fooled into playing. Here’s the first look of #SacredGames pic.twitter.com/F1gBkaVGSf

— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018

Radhika’s serious and solemn expression and Nawaz’s unsettling smile sure look intriguing.

First Look At Netflix's New Indian Show 'Sacred Games'© Twitter (Netflix India)

First Look At Netflix's New Indian Show 'Sacred Games'© Twitter (Netflix India)

But its Saif’s character that has all our attention.

First Look At Netflix's New Indian Show 'Sacred Games'© Twitter (Netflix India)

It’s clear that Saif is playing the role of a Sikh police offer and his blood splattered face is just what was needed to get the audience hooked. Good job Netflix!

The series would revolve around Inspector Sartaj Singh (Evidently Saif) and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj’s life is going downhill for a variety of reasons when an anonymous tip promises him an opportunity to capture Ganesh.

But of course, it isn’t going to be as easy as it seems. While the two indulge in a classic hide-and-seek game, it becomes clear that both of them are a part of something which is way larger than it appears to be. A story full of violence, betrayal, corruption, and politics awaits us.

On being asked about the release date by a user, Netflix just tweeted that they will keep us posted.

Soon, Aditya. We’ll keep you posted.

— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 23, 2018

Well we are already hooked and can’t wait to watch what Netflix has got in store for its Indian audience.

Oct 312017

Saif Ali Khan’s Sacred Games has been the object of curiosity ever since it was announced in June this year. After all, it marks video-streaming platform Netflix’s first original series for India, besides seeing directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane helming the thriller. While initial buzz suggested that the adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name would be an eight-episode-long finite series, mid-day has learnt that the narrative will be spread over four seasons now.

Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan

A source close to production reveals, “The series is based on the novel, but the plot has been developed to suit the visual medium. The makers are now looking at locking in four seasons.”

The source further adds that the eight episodes that are currently being shot in Mumbai will constitute the first season. Most popular web series follow the norm of having the narrative divided over a few seasons. We hear, the officials at Netflix as well as Kashyap and Motwane felt Sacred Games too would benefit from such a format. While retaining the essence of the bestseller, scriptwriters Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasant Nath have also added new characters and sub-plots to the series. “It will take time to establish these new characters as well as sub-plots. They will be explored over the course of the seasons.” Officials at Netflix refused to comment.

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Sep 022017

After 11 years, writer Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller ‘Sacred Games’ is finally being adapted on screen, and it was a long time coming. It’s honestly quite surprising how this novel, which is considered one of the most memorable books on Mumbai, hasn’t been turned into a movie or TV show till now.

Becoming the first Indian show in the Netflix Originals category, ‘Sacred Games’ will be an eight-part series. At the press conference held to the announce the production, Chandra insisted on how crucial it will be for any screen adaptation of the novel to be multilingual. “With Netflix, the opportunity to have that multilingual flavour was unpassable,” he adds.

India's First Netflix Original ‘Sacred Games' Is On Its Way© Netflix

The filming will begin next week, and all the eight hour-long episodes are to be directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, who are co-founders of Phantom Films. And far as the actors are concerned, Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte have been finalized till now.

Basically, the story follows Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai cop, on the trail of Ganesh Gaitonde, a gang lord. Khan has been signed on for the role of Singh, while Siddiqui will essay the role of Gaitonde and Apte that of Anjali Mathur, who is roped in by RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) to snare the don.

India's First Netflix Original ‘Sacred Games' Is On Its Way© Netflix

And, as for Kashyap, this series will mark his return to the gritty Bombay crime drama, a genre he has previously explored in Satya (1998), Black Friday (2004) and Bombay Velvet (2015). According to him, he plans on treating ‘Sacred Games’ as an eight-hour long movie, even though it is a series. On the other hand, Motwane is more excited about the format, since the viewers are more likely to binge-watch a TV series rather than a two-hour film. “Water cooler conversations are not about movies anymore, they’re about shows,” he adds. “Your competition (with Netflix) is Narcos and Stranger Things. It’s scary but exciting.”

India's First Netflix Original ‘Sacred Games' Is On Its Way© Netflix

Saif Ali Khan, who claimed he is half-way through the book right now, said it will give him a chance to play a memorable role. Sartaj Singh, a character carried over from a previous book by Chandra, Love in Longing in Bombay, belongs to a family that suffered during Partition. The experience leaves a mark on him. “The stage that I’m in life, I want to do good characters and good work,” Khan adds.

‘Sacred Games’ will be screened in 190 countries in 20 different languages.

Aug 012017

Many of us miss Saif Ali Khan’s presence on the silver screen. The actor was last seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s period drama, ‘Rangoon’, which crashed big time at the box office.

Though many criticised the script and the director, Saif’s acting was appreciated by the critics. And for all those who love him, let us tell you, he already has some amazing projects coming our way. So we have his film ‘Kaalakaandi’, ‘Chef’ remake and ‘Bazaar’ coming up, but what has caught everyone’s interest is his web series Sacred Games.

This is Netflix’s first star-studded Indian web-series, which is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. We will see Saif playing a cop and now even Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are roped in this project.

The news has made us all so excited! After all who wouldn’t want to see a series where we have these three wonderful actors all ready to entertain us. We already saw Nawaz and Radhika’s chemistry on-screen in ‘Manjhi’ and ‘Badlapur’, but we can’t wait to see these three together for the first time.

As per reports, Saif might fall in love but nothing much is revealed about the other two, making everyone more curious about their part. Well, all we can say is that this definitely looks like one hell of a series.