I was eagerly waiting for a year for the second season of Sacred Games. The show made India’s mark on the international scale. All the mysteries that made the first season a hit were missing from the second one.
The second season threaded onto a different path. A path of apocalypse disguised as epiphanies. The later part of Ganesh Gaitonde’s apotheosis is full of vulnerabilities, but that’s what finding yourself is about, letting the fear and pain die their death. Delusion is also a seed, it grows a life of its own and then when the night takes it shape, it becomes your reality too. Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivers an unforgettable performance.
Pankaj Tripathi has put his soul into the character of Guruji. He is the manifestation of the calm before the storm. His teachings are illuminating but his ambition is an apocalyptic indoctrination. His sacred games are not so sacred.
Some of the themes and backdrops seem derivative from other works like Blade Runner.
Sartaj is seeking atonement for the sins of others. Saif Ali Khan has portrayed the struggle of a man who is battling withing with perfection. But something was missing in the show, the attachment we found with the characters of season 1.
If you are looking for a brilliant show in terms of technicality, you are watching the right thing. But if you are seeking the extension of what you saw a year before, you will be disappointed.