Sacred Games: Web Series Review
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla
Directors: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Release date: 6th July 2018
Synopsis: Sacred Games, based on the acclaimed book by Vikram Chandra. The eight-episode first season has enough going for it to be considered a strong start. Netflix’s international series, Sacred Games provides the kind of intriguing thrills found in the best of those offerings, that depicts something familiar but with unique twists. Radhika Apte, playing RAW analyst Anjali Mathur, a woman constantly at the receiving end of facing sexism at the workplace, has a starring role in Sacred Games. From the Emergency and its excesses in the 1970s to the fanning of communal hatred, the Babri Masjid demolition, the riots in its wake and the serial bomb blasts of early 1990s, Sacred Games evokes a wide range of upheavals that have rocked the nation. Netflix premiered its episodes first on 6th July 2018.
- Thanks to Netflix, on which it is aired, is beyond the light of mindless censorship, Sacred Gamesgoes out to lay bare the shady secrets of a universe.
- Sacred Games dramatically ups the benchmark for Hindi/Indian series and thrillers with its racy, violence, religious prejudice, politics and terrorism.
- The dark underbelly of Mumbai is on full view here.
- The actors, even the most minor ones, are perfectly in tune with the parts they play.
- The tale is re-imagined without sacrifice of the core spirit of the original text.
- There is nothing wrong as such in the web series so far that can be pointed out.
Bottom Line: The web series is India’s first thriller by Netflix, which keeps its viewers hooked to their chair.
- The film noir elements in Sacred Games are enhanced by the skillful camerawork, lighting, the dynamic editing, reminiscent sound, and the highly effective original musical score by Alokananda Dasgupta.
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