“Do you believe in God? God doesn’t care.”
The opening line of the much talked about Netflix original series, ‘Sacred Games’, mouthed by the eclectic Nawazuddin Siddiqui, immediately casts a dark foreboding shadow for those confused venturing into what kind of show it was. This is vintage Kashyap, whipping up a frenzied cocktail of thrill, violence, religion, the underworld and politics with famed director Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, Lootera, Trapped), one of my personal favourites. The result may make you frown or giddy with excitement, but one thing is for sure. As hard-hitting as it is, it will make you pause and think.
With the release of the first Indian Netflix original series, one that was a high stakes bout and had high hopes bound to it, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane seem to have finally broken the dry spell of lack of quality Indian original content, and that of the collective local subconscious marred by years of crappy soap operas and drab storytelling. While the reach and accessibility of the series itself can be argued, given Netflix India still being viewed as a privileged medium, the supposed death of torrents and the show itself being restricted to audiences 16 and above, I would have it no other way.
The years have seen a lot of independent content creators come up and take the mantle forward in terms of quality television content, some excellent offerings at that too. However, none have achieved the same level of attention, publicity and scale that ‘Sacred Games’ boasts of, and for right reason. Considering the fact that the Indian population has been ratified by statistics to be the most binge watching group of people on the planet, ‘Sacred games’ HAD to be a cracker of an entry into the Netflix arena of digital media, in order to create a global impact, the magnitude of which it is making now. That being said, I see no better than Phantom to have taken it up, and boy, am I glad they did!