Sacred Games Season 2 Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, and Amruta Subhash.
Director: Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sacred Games Season 2 is back with a bang and you need to drop everything and watch the season to get the answers you have waited for this entire year. Sacred Games Season 2 is much bigger and much better as compared to the first season.
The second season has drama, deceit, sex, a liberal dosage of mythology, history, as well as philosophy. These attributes can be found in the second season in great quantity.
Season one of the series was released last year and set a benchmark for the Indian web series and left the people with a lot of questions in their mind:
Who is the third father of Ganesh Gaitonde?
Who is Trivedi?
Is Trivedi going to be the lone survivor of what was to happen?
Is Anjali Mathur really dead or is she alive? What happens to Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan)?
Why was Jojo who is played by Surveen Chawla in the bunker?
You can only imagine the stream of memes that is to flood the internet. Try not to look at these if you have not seen the show as you are sure to get a spoiler.
The series comprises of a total of 8 episodes and each of them is 50 minutes long. The second season begins exactly where it was left in the first season.
Ganesh Gaitonde gets saved from the brutal capture of the police and is saved from losing his life at their hands. He is later found in the waters of the Arabian Sea, en route to Kenya.
He is found and saved by Yadav Madam, played by Amruta Subhash. Yadav Madam is a RAW agent and she trains Gaitonde and he becomes an asset to her. She uses Gaitonde in serving the cause of the nation.
Gaitonde now becomes a good man and acts as the extended hand to the Indian state. On the other hand, Sartaj Singh is now the head of a special investigating team to unravel the mysteries of the mess that has been created in the bunker.
Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde are two characters who are always standing on the negative and positive end of a line and are two opposing personalities but they often act as the mirror image of each other. They often are caught in the same puzzle or mess as well.
While Gaitonde is still trying to fit into the world and his new personality and position that has been created by him in the world, Sartaj Singh is busy in coming back to his life and coming around the new responsibility resting on his shoulders.
Season 2 finally brings forth the audience, Ganesh Gaitonde’s third father, Guruji, played by Pankaj Tripathi, and he has ordained Guruji as his father on his own. The voice of Guruji is the beam of light for Gaitonde and gives him divine direction. At the same time, Sartaj Singh finds out and unravels the history that his father has had with Gaitonde.
The second season of the series is divided into two parts and is revolving simultaneously between Gaitonde’s past and the present of Sartaj Singh.
The audience goes through the life journey of Ganesh Gaitonde and gets to know of the time he spent in Kenya, the encounters he makes with his long-time enemy Isa, his activities in the Bollywood industry and finally how he ponders over Guruji and takes shelter under him and achieves spiritual bliss under Guruji.
Sartaj, on the other hand, has his plate full and is constantly torn between certain situations that he has to deal with such as his marriage which was a complete fail, the inner negatives of his personality and the reality of his constable father.
In between the stories of these two leads, the biggest plot going on in the race that they are all running against time to find out the truth of the unknown threat that could be the reason for the end of India’s biggest metropolis.
There is a repetition in the pattern of naming the episodes with relation to a historical or mythological reference.
The first episode is named Matysa and the last is named the Radcliffe. It is a treat for all the history and mythology lovers as the season is filled with mythology and it is evident from Gilgamesh to Shiva and from Mahabharata to Ramayana.
There are mentions of the major historical events such as the Partition, the Emergency, the introduction of the Mandal Commission, the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the blasts of 1992 and the terrorist bombings of 9/11 and 26/11.
The above mentioned mythological and historical events and references are put together smoothly to depict the connection between politics, power, and religion and how these three elements are used together to rob the crux of humanity.
Pankaj Tripathi has done a marvelous job as Guruji and his ashram is set in Croatia. Batya is played by Kalki Koechlin and she smoothly passes as Sheela. Guruji played by Tripathi pretends to be a godman of a high moral character but is secretly clad in all forms of evil who talks in the smoothest and most soothing tone.
He is able to do all of this with a completely straight face and the solemn belief he has while his expressions seem as if he is enjoying a private joke. His demeanor remains the same even in the scene when he is making out with Ganesh Gaitonde.
The entire season has certain religious motifs and themes that have been depicted everywhere for the audience and is purposely done to let people realize the religion – bred hatred and intolerance that is prevalent in the society everywhere.
These motifs are the Mandala that is the icon of the ashram, the cilice that Jojo wears on her thigh, the Kada worn by Sartaj Singh, and the Islamic propaganda items that have been used by Hizbudin have all been used to make this evident.
The first season of the show was the way it was written and the details of it. In the second season, however, what is new is the new group of writers that are led by Grover and have worked brilliantly in building the story on the original narrative.
Kashyap and the others have done a great job in putting together the cultural references. The show can be used to make people aware of the world that exists outside of social media.
The show combining the two seasons can be taken as a dark and serious warning and a depiction of the chaotic lives that we are all living and the darkness that is slowly gripping the country.
The clock is ticking on each of us and if we don’t bring about a change in our actions then we will be falling in the pit of destruction and there wouldn’t be any Sartaj Singh to pull us out of it.
The episodes are all very intense and gripping, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The second season has literally simmered near perfection.
However, a point is that there are a few things that are predictable like the innumerable number of people being murdered or dying, the intense violence, and especially the scene where a police officer true to his duty has to keep proving his allegiance over time simply because of the fact that he is ‘Muslim.’
At the end of the season, one may feel that all hope is lost but to all the fans out there, you need not worry as Sacred games season three is already in conversation.
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