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Sacred Games is an Indian web television thriller series based on Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel of the same name. Created by Vikramaditya Motwane, the first season was directed by Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, who produced it under their banner Phantom Films.[1] The story follows a troubled police officer, Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui); Gaitonde tells him to save the city within 25 days. The series chronicles the events that follow while tracing Gaitonde's past.[2]

Other cast members include Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Thapa, Jeetendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande, Karan Wahi, Aamir Bashir, Jatin Sarna, Elnaaz Norouzi Kubra Sait, Surveen Chawla, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, and Ranvir Shorey.[3] The series was conceived after Erik Barmack, the vice-president of Netflix, contacted Motwane in 2014 to create Indian content for the platform. They opted to adapt Chandra's English novel in the Hindi language, to which Motwane agreed.[4] Varun Grover, Smita Singh, and Vasant Nath wrote the episodes of the first season; Grover, Dhruv Narang, Nihit Bhave, and Pooja Tolani wrote the second season.[5]

Swapnil Sonawane, Sylvester Fonseca and Aseem Bajaj served as director of photography. Aarti Bajaj was the editor and Alokananda Dasgupta composed the background score. The second season was directed by Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan.[6] The first season of the series was mostly shot in Mumbai; the second season was shot over different locations of Delhi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Cape Town and Johannesburg.[1][7] Each episode of Sacred Games is named after a story or character derived from Hindu mythology.[8][9] The first season premiered on 6 July 2018 on Netflix and received positive reviews with particular praise on performances and writing.[10][11] The second season premiered on 15 August 2019.[7] A total of 16 episodes have aired over the two seasons with eight in each.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Ashwathama"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapVarun Grover6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Gangster Ganesh Gaitonde calls Inspector Sartaj Singh and tips him off about something destructive that will happen in Mumbai in the next 25 days. He then shoots himself before getting caught.
22"Halahala"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapSmita Singh6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
The death of Gaitonde puts the Mumbai police on high alert, while Singh is suspended by his senior due to conflict.
33"Atapi Vatapi"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapSmita Singh6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Singh finds out about Bunty, Gaitonde's gang member, through the women he found in his bunker. In flashback, Gaitonde is in pursuit of a woman, Kukoo, who is involved with the rival gang's leader, Suleiman Isa.
44"Brahmahatya"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapVasant Nath6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Nayanika Singh, a TV actress, visits Bunty with a hidden camera. In the 1980s, Gaitonde tries to get into politics.
55"Sarama"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapVasant Nath6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Disappointed by RAW agent Anjali Mathur's views towards Nayanika, Sartaj intervenes during an operation. In 1992, Gaitonde and Isa's feud increases.
66"Pretakalpa"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapSmita Singh6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Sartaj's constable, Katekar, finds a connection between a missing Muslim boy and a nearby theft after he is pressured to investigate the case.
77"Rudra"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapVasant Nath6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Sartaj and Anjali try to find Trivedi, whom Gaitonde predicted to be the lone survivor after 25 days. Anjali is later killed by an assassin in Trivedi's house.
88"Yayati"Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag KashyapVarun Grover6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
Sartaj continues to find what will happen on the 25th day. He eventually stumbles upon an underground bunker filled with weapons and Trivedi inside it.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
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No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Matsya"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapDhruv Narang15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sartaj continues to uncover a conspiracy. In 1994, Gaitonde resurfaces in Kenya to work for RAW.
102"Siduri"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapNihit Bhave15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sartaj visits Guruji’s ashram to find the answers. In the late 1990s, Gaitonde meets Guruji while expanding his business in the country.
113"Apasmara"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapPooja Tolani15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sartaj finds out about Shahid Khan and his nuclear consignment that was delivered to India. In the early 2000s, Gaitonde defies RAW's order to kill Shahid.
124"Bardo"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapDhruv Narang15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sartaj’s team tries to find Shahid's whereabouts through an internet chatroom. In 2003, Gaitonde gets closer to Guruji after feeling disenchanted.
135"Vikarna"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapNihit Bhave15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sub inspector Majid suspects the involvement of a cop with Shahid as they try to find him. Gaitonde slowly learns about Guruji’s lethal plans.
146"Azrael"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapPooja Tolani15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Batya tells Sartaj about his father's association with Guruji. Gaitonde returns to Mumbai to fulfill Guruji’s destructive plan.
157"Torino"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapVarun Grover15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
After killing Guruji, Gaitonde is unable to silence Guruji’s voice in his mind. Parulkar realises that he was helping Shahid with something far more sinister than he thought.
168"Radcliffe"Neeraj Ghaywan & Anurag KashyapVarun Grover15 August 2019 (2019-08-15)
Sartaj tries to stop Shahid and save the city as doomsday descends on Mumbai. Parulkar kills Minister Bhosle and himself.

References[edit]

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