Sacred Games: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Sacred Games

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Gorgeous, grim, and unexpected, Sacred Games is saved from its procedural premise by its dense plotting and superb cast.



Critic Ratings: 26


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Air date: Jul 6, 2018

A mysterious phone call from an anonymous man leads police officer Sartaj Singh on a chase around Mumbai in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. -- (C) NETFLIX

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News of Ganesh Gaitonde creates a stir among Mumbai's VIPs, from politicians to film stars. Removed from the case, Sartaj begins his own investigation. -- (C) NETFLIX

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The woman found in the bunker leads Sartaj to Gaitonde's thug, Bunty. In a flashback, Gaitonde recalls stealing a lucky charm from rival Suleiman Isa. -- (C) NETFLIX

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TV starlet Nayanika visits Bunty with a hidden camera. In the mid-'80s, Gaitonde discovers a racket even more lucrative than drugs and guns: politics. -- (C) NETFLIX

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To save Nayanika, Sartaj intervenes during a RAW operation. In 1992, as political unrest increases, so does the bloodshed from Gaitonde and Isa's feud. -- (C) NETFLIX

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When Sartaj's constable, Katekar, is pressured to investigate the disappearance of a young man from a Muslim slum, disastrous consequences follow. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Hoping to tie up the many loose ends of their case, Sartaj and Anjali reunite to figure out how the enigmatic Trivedi is linked to Gaitonde's prophecy. -- (C) NETFLIX

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To save Mumbai from impending doom, Sartaj races against time to find out who Gaitonde's third father is and what's planned to happen on the 25th day. -- (C) NETFLIX

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The story focuses on Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), a seasoned and cynical Bombay police officer, summoned by an anonymous tip one morning, a voice which promises him an opportunity to capture the powerful Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), criminal overlord of the G-Company. As the stakes mount and Sartaj seeks knowledge of his prey, it becomes clear that the game the two players thought they were engaged in is in fact part of a much larger scenario, one that expands beyond their city.

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Critic Reviews for Sacred Games Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

The series strains to meet such heavy expectations, but the production is generally superb and the writing does not miss a beat.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

There's beauty in the way that all of this sinister intrigue is conveyed, but it's a surface-level telling of a story that wants to have so much more in its grasp.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The series has the potential to wean back viewers who have been driven away from television by drab soap operas and trite entertainment formats.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The adaptation by screenwriter Varun Grover is made more effective by the crisp editing done by Aarti Bajaj. Alokananda Dasgupta's original score keeps up the pace and only adds to the suspense and thrill of the story.

Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It wasn't predictable and provided something out of the ordinary compared to the plethora of other crime thrillers available.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane deliver a thriller that doesn't shy away from being an indictment on religion. The show argues that religion has always been used to shape politics, commit murder, and amass wealth.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It may be "just" television, but it's also pushing forth important representation. TV is going global - and Sacred Games is just one way viewers can expand their worldview.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

I suspect Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane's exquisitely performed screen adaptation has subconsciously been translated by writers who might have internalized the social undertones, subtexts and latitudinal beats of the 928-page drama.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Yeah, you've heard [this] story before, but Sacred Games weds it to a fresh, intoxicating setting.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Immediately captivating, its story in the criminal underbelly of Mumbai coiled like a labyrinth.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Bollywood maximalism meets downbeat Euro noir meets Hollywood gangster epic.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Flashing between past and present, the first episode left me in some confusion, though there was no denying the fevered atmosphere it conjured up.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sacred Games: Season 1

  • Jul 24, 2020
    Best Indian show I've ever seen....blows those serials out of the water lol.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    Terrific Season 1 of the show from Netflix . It set a good benchmark for other digital platforms & upcoming shows
  • May 02, 2020
    The best indian series ever
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Still i didn't start to watch any show
  • Apr 09, 2020
    Best Web series Ever.. ❤️
  • Apr 03, 2020
    Nawazuddin Siddiqui is just too damn good!
  • Mar 09, 2020
    It was amazing ... It mixed the colours suspense,action,story into the same screen,and created this masterpiece
  • Jan 24, 2020
    It is one of the best web series ever made. I was utterly flabbergasted and mesmerised.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Salif Ali Khan killed it.... amazing season
  • Oct 23, 2019
    magnificent and amazingly written and executed

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