Upon its debut last year, Sacred Games was given ringing support from most Indian observers, who assumed they had finally gotten a local new series that tried to follow in the footsteps of prestige TV era that has made about a new age of golden television in the US. (It had its flaws for sure, which we have beforehand documented.) Check out Sacred Games 2 Review and Ratings.
Through its global success continues debatable since the Netflix rating agency doesn’t have an open-door policy, Sacred Games is clearly a miracle in India. In turn, that means there’s higher pressure on the cast and crew to perform on the show’s return, with Sacred Games season 2 out midnight on Thursday.
Sacred Games 2 Review: In the first three episodes — that’s what Netflix gave authorities access to — of Sacred Games 2, it’s clear that pacing at least is not an investment. That’s partly supported by the fact that there are even some days to go for Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) to impede the atomic attack on the horizon. (Four days pass in the opening three episodes.)
The Netflix series goes swiftly from one scene to the other, but it also understands when to take a breather and wait for a little. That’s when communications between characters come into play, and there are amazing delightful ones in season 2, service of new and returning characters. And it also considerably eases the shift between the flashbacks and present-day by making in a common thread.
Narratively, the show is broken. On one hand, it is ready to make room to explore Sartaj’s guilt over his friend and partner Constable Katekar’s (Jitendra Joshi) death in the first season, and the influence it has had on the rest of the Katekar family. A part of it feels upon cow vigilantes and Hindu nationalism briefly, refreshing Vikram Chandra’s book and making Sacred Games more appropriate for today’s times.
At the same time, the Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) storyline turns its wheels in the opening scenes. Of course, it’s still watchable time to moment, but it feels like a rehash of his prime arc from the first season. It’s about as if the Gaitonde track is delaying so the Sartaj track can catch up.
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For what it’s worth, there are amazing joys to be found along the route — in interest to the conversations — with Sacred Games going meta early in season 2. There’s an extensive recreation of some interesting season 1 moments, which works on two separate levels. It’s an open tongue-in-cheek stunt, and it also takes on Bollywood’s nexus with the Mumbai underworld.
Interestingly, this self-referential program reads separately in the context of season 2 wrapping up the Gaitonde storyline in the process of completing the book, as the Sacred Games producers have revealed. It comes across to make his arc full circle, strongly suggesting Siddiqui may not have a part to perform should there be a third season, which Netflix will no doubt require to give the reputation of the show.
Sacred Games 2 begins much wherever we left off, with Sartaj & Co. start studying the resulting screen and its contents: a dead Trivedi (Chittaranjan Tripathi). The tiny plot links into Hizbuddin, a fictional terror outfit that has connections to one Shahid Khan (Ranvir Shorey) — repeatedly stated but nowhere to be seen in the early going of season 2 — who’s supposedly behind everything from the 1993 Bombay bombings to the 1999 Kandahar hijacking, per Inspector Majid Ali Khan (Aamir Bashir). As part of a new research team, Sartaj and Majid then set out to comprehend Shahid Khan, while the previous digs into Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), the spiritual guru whom Gaitonde looked to as his “third father”.
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That leads into action Guruji’s long-time supporter Batya Abelman (Kalki Koechlin), who runs the Mumbai ashram, and is one of the various new female characters on Sacred Games season 2. There’s a much more important role — at least in the first few episodes — for RAW means Kusum Devi Yadav (Amruta Subhash), a character that has been gender-flipped from the book.
Early in season 2, Gaitonde is coming by Trivedi and Yadav to strive for them in Mombasa, Kenya. Naturally, he refuses the offer as there’s only one thing on his mind: return home and take vengeance on Suleiman Isa (Saurabh Sachdeva), who almost got him killed in prison, with Gaitonde just escaping with his life.
But things have drastically improved. In Bombay, police have cracked down on groups in the wake of the 1992-93 riots, while Isa has scaled the ladder after shifting base to Dubai.
Gaitonde is both loose and powerless, and with no cards left to play, he takes Yadav’s offer to become a government pawn. Working for her involves listening and agreements though, which ultimately breaks Gaitonde’s spirit. No wonder then that a guy who doesn’t understand in God turns to a guru — with prodding from Trivedi — lacking the results and control he desperately tries.
In building to Guruji’s presentation from all sides, Sacred Games 2 also cheekily implies the potentially literal — but for now, metaphorical — nuclear cloud players over everyone by giving Tripathi lines such as “Time is dangerous.” With Tripathi having a bigger neighbourhood in the second season, the writers — head writer Varun Grover and his new writing team of Dhruv Narang (Gormint), Nihit Bhave (Hey Prabhu!), and Pooja Tolani — can grow on the Hindu mythological angles of the story. Sacred Games 2 also forces on the other-worldliness by consolidating multiple dream series in the first three episodes, which provides the characters’ deepest fears and attention to rise to the surface. Thanks for reading Sacred Games 2 Review and other stories.