Sacred Games (novel)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3553.H27165 S23 2007|
Sacred Games combines the ambition of a 19th-century social novel with a cops-and-Bhais detective thriller. (Bhai is a Mumbai(Bombay) slang term for gangster.)
As sprawling as the heat-drenched city it richly portrays, Sacred Games delves into many emotionally charged worlds of contemporary India, in particular the spidery links between organized crime, local politics and Indian espionage that lie below the shimmering surfaces of its economic renaissance. Money and corruption form the golden thread. In interweaving narratives and voices, Sacred Games takes on even larger themes, from the wrenching violence of the 1947 partition of India to the specter of nuclear terrorism.
The book earned Chandra a million dollar advance from HarperCollins. The initial print run was 200,000 copies. However, sales were disappointing and it is estimated that the advance lost $655,750. It was critically praised, winning the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.
Netflix announced the production of an original series based on the novel in partnership with Phantom Films on June 6, 2016. The Hindi-English series will be shot on location in India and released worldwide on Netflix upon completion. The series will see Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan as cop Sartaj Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as gangster Ganesh Gaitonde and Radhika Apte as RAW analyst Anjali Mathur. The series will consist of eight episodes, four each directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The latter will also serve as the showrunner.
Awards and nominations
- 2007: Awarded Salon Book Award
- 2007: Nominated National Book Critics Circle Award
- 2006: Awarded Hutch Crossword Book Award
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- "Netflix Announces First Original Series From India In Partnership With Phantom Films Based On The Critically Acclaimed Novel Sacred Games". PR Newswire. Netflix. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- "Sacred Games on Netflix".