Facts About India’s Most Popular TV Show Sacred Games:
India’s First Netflix Original series, Sacred Games revolutionized the Indian TV industry. People were suddenly talking about a good TV show on Netflix and surprisingly it was an Indian show. Supported by such a great cast and an amazing story, Sacred Games is undoubtedly the best Indian show currently.
Before Binging the second season have a look at these 10 facts about Sacred Games
#1: AMC offered Anurag Kashyap to make it an English series
In 2014, Anurag Kashyap was approached by AMC from Scott Free Productions for a series in English based on the books by Vikram Chandra. Anurag Kashyap declined the offer immediately as he did not want to do “anything based in India, in English”. We are thankful to him for declining that offer.
#2: Different Directors for different characters
In order to maintain the correct feel of the characters, the makers decided to assign different directors to the lead characters. Anurag Kashyap directed the Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) angle of the story whereas Vikramaditya Motwane directed all the scenes of Saif Ali Khan. Both these sequences were shot simultaneously by the directors to save time and other resources.
#3: References to The Ramayana
Nearly every episode has a direct reference to the Hindu Epic Ramayana, either in the form of the popular 1980s comic adaptation (Episode 1), poster of Lord Hanuman, Rama and Sita (Episode 2 & 3), the 1988 Tv series Ramayan (Episode 4), performances (Episode 6), or in series dialogue.
#4: Season One covered only a quarter of the novels
The series Sacred Games is based on the Novel by the same name written by Vikram Chandra. The original Novel has 900 pages and the scriptwriters had to work very hard for over a year to get the perfect script for the TV audience. The writers simplified the novel so that people could understand it easily.
#5: Gaitonde’s similarities to the Legendary Freedom Chandrashekhar Azad.
Ganesh Gaitonde’s character is depicted with many similarities to the Legendary Indian Freedom Fighter Chandrashekhar Azad. Both were from Brahmin families, both were leaders of their parties, both had a Sikh best friend (Bhagat Singh and Dilbagh Singh) and both show themselves after being cornered by the police. In reality, Gaitonde is not even a speck of dust compared to Chandrashekhar Azad.
#6: Inspired by Real Life events in Mumbai
The story of the show is primarily based on real events in Mumbai between 1980-1993. The character of Gaitonde is loosely based on real-life gangster Arun Gawli, whereas the character of Sulemani Isa is based on Dawood Ibrahim. The rags to riches story of Gaitonde, Fleeing to Dubai and 1993 Bomb blasts by Isa, etc. are all based on real-life events.
#7: It caused a lot of Controversies
Sacred Games was a liberating show for India as it did not hold back on the explicit content. This made a lot of conventional people upset in India as they were offended by the content. On July 10, 2018, a member of the Congress Party Rajeev Kumar Sinha lodged an FIR against Netflix and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, among others for allegedly insulting Rajiv Gandhi in the show.
#8: The Vice President of Netflix Chose Sacred Games
It was The Netflix Vice President of International Originals, Erik Barmack’s idea to choose Sacred Games as Premium content for the audience. Barmack is a big fan of the movie Gangs of Wasseypur. After watching the show, Barmack’s wife called it amazing and an Indian version of Narcos.
#9: The Characters are very different from the Books
In the Book, the characters have many layers unlike the show, where every on-screen character is either good or bad. There is nothing in between. In the book, Katekar was a womanizer and Sartaj indulged in petty corruption and was continuously in a moral conflict. The on-screen Sartaj is a pure hero and a far cry from the one in the Book.
#10: Gaitonde and Sartaj meet only once in the show
Both Ganesh Gaitonde and Sartaj Singh are an integral part of the show and the story usually focuses mainly on these two characters only. But not many of you must have noticed it, that even after being the lead characters, they both share the screen only once when Gaitonde shoots himself in the head.