SACRED GAMES SEASON 2 review is out, the Indian web television thriller series is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name.
The first Netflix original series in India, 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.
Immediate reaction when the end credits starts rolling
Joker from The Dark Knight kept on haunting me as I repeatedly murmured “Why so intense son, why so insane son”.
SACRED GAMES web series SEASON 2 review
Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is back in those floral shirts and Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) moves around with a wounded thump. A Guruji inspired from Osho – Khanna Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi) holds the key to most of the weirdness in this second season of Netflix most popular original series.
Season 1 was terrific while Season 2 which has Amruta Subhash (superb) as Raw Agent Kusum Devi Yadav and Kalki Koechlin as Batya Abelman (excellent) and Ranvir Shorey as Shahid Khan ( outstanding) gets overambitious in cashing on the elements that made SACRED GAMES a sensation – foul language, nudity and violence but it had conviction. Here it is over cooked in its over ambition and spoiled resulting it as an unintentional spoof that adds nothing to the glory of SACRED GAMES season 1 story.
It adds more insanity to the proceedings which uses foul language as a tadka every now and then with not a single positive character with good virtues providing the required contrast. Ironically, Season 2 is in contrast of the sensational Season 1. Why? God knows?.
But God is Gaitonde – sarv shaktishaali eklauta bhagwan’. So this one ends with Shahid Khan (Ranvir Shorey) planning to explode 6 nuclear bomb in Mumbai (nuclear mind it). So Gaitonde is couriered to Mombasa, Kenya by RAW agent Kusum Devi Yadav (Amruta Subhash).
This Raw agent has plans for a gangster. Okay?. Now the gamble to play with characters reaches its zenith when we find the characters going through hallucinations. Picture this childhood India’s childhood fantasy ‘Vikram & Betaal’ in one scene and cut to Ganesh & Guruji?!. Is this a Stoner?.
As the audience tries to come back to senses Batya Ableman (Kalki Koechlin) asks Inspector Sartaj,” Do you have a single reason to save this world?” which world is she referring to?. The world we are experiencing on screen right now which got on air at the stroke of midnight of 15th August or the world to which this overambitious and unnecessary experiment is offered.
Just having balls is not enough. And what was that Ram G. Varma modeled on RGV who is forced at gunpoint to make a film celebrating the life and times of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde. Vijay Maurya does well and gives his best to a character which is sadly designed as a caricature.
Similarly, the actors give their best in SACRED GAMES Season 2 which actually ends as an unintentionally hallucinating parody