Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Sacred Games has fallen prey to privacy nearly a week after its premiere. The eight-episode series, co-directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, has been leaked on Tamilrockers, a piracy site where Rajinikant’s Kaala was also leaked.
Netflix’s first original Indian series is currently the talk of the town with its gripping storyline, powerful performances and its political and religious statements.
The series is in trouble after a Congress worker filed a complaint against the global streaming platform, the makers of the show and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, over ‘insulting’ former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by calling him phattu (p**** in subtitles). In the said scene, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) narrates how the Congress govt overturned the SC judgment in the Shah Bano case since the party feared a backlash from Muslim community.
The series has garnered positive reviews worldwide.
The New York Times notes how, for starters, Netflix has chosen a production from the same genre as a previous success, the American-Colombian “Narcos”. It deduces that “a gangster saga with a history lesson is apparently the best algorithm for cross-cultural success” for the content platform.
“It is a welcome distraction from the usual Bollywood gangster epics which tend to glorify the world of crime and grime in a glossy manner. There has been no attempt at sanitising Mumbai into a gleaming, sparkling city,” wrote Gulf News, which adds that “the gore may not be for the faint-hearted”.
The Guardian says: “‘Sacred Games’ has the kind of dense plotting that demands commitment and concentration. Having said that, this kickstart to a whole new TV genre (Bolly noir?) looks like being worth it, with uncompromising performances, a script bristling with lyricism, and an intriguing air of vibrancy and originality.”
And according to The Hollywood Reporter: “For those who haven’t sampled the impressive depth on Netflix’s international TV series bench, Sacred Games provides the kind of intriguing thrills found in the best of those offerings – a worldly mise-en-scene that depicts something familiar but with unique local twists.”