Netflix has published a new release time for Sacred Games 2: 12 am IST on August 15. That takes the Indian series’ release forward by over 12 hours, which was originally set to drop midnight PDT — that changes to 12:30 pm IST — as is approved for all Netflix content.
There are eight episodes in whole on Sacred Games 2, as with last year, so you can (technically) finish your indulgence before the day even starts for most people. The midnight IST announcement for Sacred Games season 2 is in place globally, which involves fans of the show in North America and Europe can start seeing the show on Wednesday, August 14 itself. (If you don’t have other responsibilities, that is.)
The midnight IST release plan for Sacred Games 2 brings Netflix in line with its global contender, Amazon Prime Video, which has followed that announcement time for all its Indian originals. Other local streaming services, from Hotstar to ZEE5 and Eros Now, have also relied on night IST releases, which usually makes sense when most of your viewers are based in India.
For Netflix, publishing Sacred Games season 2 at midnight as objected to in the afternoon is an exemption to the rule, as the world’s most important streaming service otherwise prefers a contemporary Pacific Time global drop for its innovative content.
That said, it’s simple to see why Netflix would make an allowance for Sacred Games. Scared Games, a crime drama series within spotlight Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Saif Ali Khan turned out to be Netflix original major success in India. Netflix has spent Rs. 100 crores (about $14 million) on making the highly-awaited next season. Given Netflix spent about Rs. 20 crores (about $2.8 million) on getting the first season, per a report from December last year, that Rs. The 100-crore figure likely also values for production, marketing, and other associated expenses.
From announcement date to trailer, here’s all you necessitate to know about Sacred Games 2.
Sacred Games 2 release date, time in India
All eight episodes of Sacred Games 2 will be published on Independence Day — that’s Thursday, August 15 — on Netflix in India and across the world. Unlike with every piece of Netflix content, Sacred Games season, 2 is being published 12am IST globally. That’s Thursday midnight in India, and Wednesday, August 14 in some sections of the world.
Sacred Games 2 cast
In addition to the Saif Ali Khan as the cop Sartaj and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the evil lord Gaitonde, the main cast of Sacred Games 2 involves returning Pankaj Tripathi as religious guru Khanna Guruji, Kalki Koechlin (Margarita with a Straw) as one of Guruji’s long-time fans Batya Abelman, and Ranvir Shorey (Khosla Ka Ghosla!) as Pakistani intelligence director Shahid Khan.
Beyond that, the Sacred Games 2 recurring supporting cast feature
- Neeraj Kabi as Sartaj’s boss DCP Parulkar
- Aamir Bashir as Inspector Majid Ali Khan
- Sameer Kochhar as SPI Markand
- Luke Kenny as the hired-gun Malcolm Mourad
- Elnaaz Norouzi as star Zoya Mirza / Jamila
- Jatin Sarna as Gaitonde’s right-hand man Deepak “Bunty” Shinde
- Shalini Vatsa as Kanta Bai.
Also responding are Girish Kulkarni as Home Minister Bipin Bhosle, Chittaranjan Tripathi as L.K. Trivedi, Surveen Chawla as Jojo Mascarenhas, Vikram Kochhar as Mathu, Saurabh Sachdeva as Suleiman Isa, Richa Kapoor as Sartaj’s mom Prabhjot Kaur, Neha Shitole as Shalini Katekar, and Anupriya Goenka as Sartaj’s ex-wife Megha.
There are numerous new recurring cast chapters in season 2, including Amruta Subhash (Gully Boy), Sobhita Dhulipala (Made in Heaven), and Harshita Gaur (Sadda Haq) in undisclosed purposes.
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Sacred Games 2 directors, crew
Since the first season, Sacred Games has opted to share directorial duties along original lines instead of episodes, with two separate directors taking on Sartaj and Gaitonde’s storylines. While Anurag Kashyap remains as director on the following front, Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan has been roped in to helm the parts highlighting the former.
Both Kashyap and Ghaywan are included on all eight episodes of Sacred Games 2, naturally. Kashyap is also an administrative producer on the series alongside Chandra, showrunner Vikramaditya Motwane, and top writer Varun Grover. Grover had a new writing team on season 2, which adds Dhruv Narang (Gormint), Nihit Bhave (Hey Prabhu!), and Pooja Tolani.
Recurring Swapnil Sonawane and Sylvester Fonseca worked as the cinematographers, for Ghaywan and Kashyap, individually, while Aarti Bajaj proceeds as editor.
Sacred Games 2 story
With Netflix remaining coy on plot details, all we must work on is the trailer, the conclusions of the first season, and the book. The last one doesn’t include for a lot, regarding the changes the writers have made.
Sacred Games season 1 finished with Sartaj exploring the fallout shelter built by Gaitonde, where he found a dead Trivedi. Meanwhile, Gaitonde was released in the nick of time by men seemingly acting on Guruji’s orders, as he was on to be ruined by Suleiman Isa’s men in prison.
In season 2, Sartaj will extend his research into the potential nuclear attack on Mumbai, which will include Guruji & Co., since Gaitonde assigned to him as his “third father”.
On the other hand, Gaitonde’s storyline in season 2 is much further unclear. It will usually revolve around Guruji (as well) given it continued building up to that towards the end of season 1, which the trailer establishes. The trailer also announces that he’s tied up somewhere at some point and included in a new business that requires him to join with Arabs.
Sacred Games Season 2 review
Netflix has set a thesis embargo on Sacred Games 2 until 7 pm IST on Wednesday, August 14.