Updated on August 9, 2022
Sacred Games is an Indian web television thriller series based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name. The first Netflix original series in India, it is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, who produced it under their banner Phantom Films. The novel was adapted by Varun Grover, Smita Singh, and Vasant Nath. Kelly Luegenbiehl, Erik Barmack, and Motwane served as the executive producers.
Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is a troubled police officer in Mumbai who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who tells him to save the city within 25 days. The series chronicles the events that follow. Other cast members include Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Neeraj Kabi, Jeetendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande, Karan Wahi, Aamir Bashir, Jatin Sarna, Elnaaz Norouzi and Kubra Sait.
The development of Sacred Games started after Erik Barmack, the Vice-president of Netflix contacted Motwane to create Indian content for the platform in 2014. They opted to adapt Chandra’s novel in the local Indian language, to which Motwane agreed. After the script was completed, Motwane asked Kashyap to co-direct; Motwane directed the sequences involving Singh while Kashyap directed Gaitonde’s. Swapnil Sonawane was the director of photography for Motwane; Sylvester Fonseca and Aseem Bajaj filmed the scenes directed by Kashyap. Aarti Bajaj was the editor and Alokananda Dasgupta composed the background score.
Netflix’s Sacred Games season 2 officially on, here’s everything you can expect from the show and Sacred Games Season 2 release date
Netflix India on Friday announced that Sacred Games, the crime drama based on Vikram Chandra’s epic novel, had been renewed for a second season following a hugely popular first batch of eight episodes. While the accompanying teaser video revealed no new footage or lines of dialogue, it did suggest that Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde, would be returning in some capacity.
Details for the hugely anticipated second season, which pick up from where the finale abruptly left off, have been rare. At the end of season one, Inspector Sartaj Singh had stumbled upon a major breakthrough in his investigation of Gaitonde’s claims that Mumbai would imminently be attacked. Gaitonde had given Sartaj 25 days to ‘save his city’ – of which 14 are still remaining.
While most fan theories predict that the next season will unravel a nuclear attack plot, fans of the source novel know exactly where the story will go. So before you go making more speculations, we’ve collected all the official quotes the cast and crew have made since the release of the show on Netflix, in July.
Speaking of the future, actor Pankaj Tripathi, who plays the mysterious Guruji in the series and appeared briefly in season one, has said that he will have a more substantial role in the new season – this can be corroborated by those who have read the book, which goes into great detail about Gaitonde’s relationship with Guruji.
Speaking to Mid-Day, the actor said, “Guruji is a larger-than-life part and will become the most sought-after character in the series. My character becomes as big as Gaitonde.” Guruji is described by gangster Ganesh Gaitonde as his ‘third father’ – the man who influenced him more than anyone else, and potentially even betrayed him.
“The makers have already planned a second season, the shooting of which will start in November in Mumbai. Pankaj, who appears as Guruji, only in three scenes apart from his voice-over in the first season, will have a central role in the second season alongside Nawazuddin as he is the real mastermind,” a source told DNA.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, the co-director confirmed as much, saying that Pankaj Tripathi will have more to do in season 2.
In a separate interview to Rajeev Masand, Saif had revealed that co-director and showrunner Vikramaditya Motwane would be stepping down as director in season 2, to focus on running the show. “It might be a little premature to say, but I don’t think he’s directing the second season,” Saif had said. It was recently speculated on Twitter that while Kashyap will return to direct the ‘Gaitonde timeline’, Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan will jump on board to helm the ‘Sartaj timeline’. Varun Grover made his feature writing debut with Masaan, and will return as head writer for the second season of Sacred Games.
Meanwhile, actors Jatin Sarna (Bunty) and Neeraj Kabi (Parulkar) have confirmed that they will be reprising their roles in season 2.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui provides Sacred Games season 2 update
Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently concluded filming the Africa schedule of the second season of Sacred Games. Ahead of a week’s filming in Mumbai, the actor teased fans that the new season of the hit Netflix series will be the ‘baap’ (daddy) of season one.
“This season will be the baap of the first one. Even if people know Ganesh Gaitonde, they won’t know what to expect from him. We shot extensively across Mombasa, Cape Town, and Johannesburg,” Nawaz told Mid-Day.
The actor plays gangster Ganesh Gaitonde in the show, which traces his origins while in a parallel plot, Saif Ali Khan’s inspector Sartaj Singh goes on a race-against-time mission to save Mumbai from an impending attack.
Gaitonde is killed in the first episode of the series, and the rest of the first season tells his story in flashback. Season two will further explore his tale, and his relationship with Pankaj Tripathi’s character, Guruji. Tripathi also shot in Africa for season two.
The first season of Sacred Games became a runaway success. Netflix recently revealed that two out of three viewers of the show came from outside India. Recalling the moment he realized when the show had become a hit, Nawaz said, “I realized the impact of the show when I was shooting in Rome, a week after its release. People came up to me to click pictures. My team would show me the memes that were doing the rounds on the Internet.”