Sacred Games Season 2, the much anticipated Netflix series finally made its debut on the streaming site on 15th of Aug, but new season disappoints with its silly shallow plot defaming Pakistan. And biggest disappointment for those who were dying to see the end, what becomes of the 25-day challenge to save the Mumbai city.
Sacred Games Season 2 turns out to be a completely different beast in comparison to Season 1, which was far better making it hit internationally for its mystery-thriller plot with a more definite ending.
Season 2 takes somewhat a shallow approach to unearth what constitutes and drives its central characters mixing up the India-Pakistan conflict, along with some political meddling. And after all this unsurprisingly, story plot turns out to be a sheer ploy to propagate anti-Muslim sentiments.
Many have not read the book, as the show is based on the namesake novel by Vikram Chandra, directed co-directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, do not know how the story progresses.
The show revolves around Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) following criminal mastermind Ganesh Gaitonde’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) cryptic directions to save Mumbai from cataclysmic ploy. Last episode of the season does connect to the previous season’s E1 how things started to shape up.
This season, as speculated, included more of the third Baap of Gaitonde, Pankaj Tripathi who turns out to be a cryptic guru. He has the most interesting lines and a character that spreads itself out gradually into a puzzling arc of demoniacal destruction.
The tension which was built gradually into the plot of S1 by monstrously notorious, foul-mouthed and evil-minded Gaitonde, here seems to be forced into a regular badmash who appears to be oddly tamed by the new factors and characters of S2. At least this wasn’t expected by Gaitonde’s fans.
There is another put-down the addition of Ram Gopal Varma’s character as director called Ram G, trying hard not to include any spoilers, but the first 3 episodes of S2 are mere antipasto with an overriding new element of parody.
There is more detailed account of Guruji, the godman played by Tripathi, and his ashram, where people drink a blood-red hallucinogen and story line develops by telling something went very wrong 20 years ago, as the characters keep appearing back and forth in time.
Coincidence or series developer’s bad that the fundamental thread involving Pankaj Tripathi ashram’s story line turns out to be like a Sacred Games cover version of Wild Wild Country, the Netflix documentary about the Osho ashram being set up in the US.
One must also concentrate to understand what is exactly going-on on the screen as Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) in a current timeline tries to explore the link between Guruji and Gaitonde, both now dead.
Don’t forget it’s all about the nukes, illegally obtained by Gaitonde’s teesra baap, via Shahid Khan an ISI sponsored terrorist who is killed in the last episode like an ordinary thug.
Subhash K Jha, an Indian critic has summed up the summed up Sacred Games season 2 by saying, “There is little to appreciate in this season of Sacred Games. Even the performances appear strangely detached, with Saif Ali Khan deliberately playing down his character’s tensions to let his arch rival scream through a role that grows progressively sociopathic. Gaitonde’s foul language gets tiring after a while”.
And he further adds, “Everything that was apparently appreciated in the first season has been amplified in the second season. There is more darkness spreading itself out from the characters’ hearts into the farthest distance of this series’ godforsaken horizon”.
Reactions are also pouroing in on social media as a large number of audiences were left disappointed:
Indian directors & producers can never miss any chance to malign and bullshit about Pakistan and SACRED GAMES 2 is no exception, ITS ALL AGAINST OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ISI. #15AugustBlackDay
— Tahir Masood (@iTahirMasood) August 15, 2019
@NetflixIndia Sacred Games season 2 has focused on proving that Pakistan is behind all the terrorist attacks in India.
Also not the same thrill as season 1.
— Muhammad Talha (@iamTalha95) August 15, 2019
— Hasnat Ahmad Java (@HasnatJava) August 15, 2019
Based on the first two episodes, #SacredGamesSeason2 seems like a mere pile up of incidents and voiceovers, terrified of losing it's audience and desperate to reach it's finale. #Netflix #SacredGamesS2 pic.twitter.com/ISDjUmdSnt
— Quarantined Chishty (@katranj) August 19, 2019