Is Netflix India Original ‘Sacred Games’ Inspired From Real-Life Events?

Mohnish Singh
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Bankrolled by Netflix, one of the leading streaming media behemoths across the world, Sacred Games has become a talking point not only among audiences in India but also all over the world. Heralded as one of the best digital series rolled out in recent past, the Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte starrer has received a lot of critical acclaims.

Sacred Games is based on a critically acclaimed novel of the same name, which was written by Vikram Chandra in 2006. Interestingly, the series has utilized only the first quarter of the 1000 pages long novel and hence, speculations are rife that Netflix has plans to develop it into a four-part series, the second installment of which might hit the production floor in September this year.

Those who have read the book or seen the series know that Sacred Games is a work of fiction set against the backdrop of the Babri Masjid demolition of December 1992 and the Bombay bomb blast in December 1992 and 1993 which claimed thousands of innocent lives. However, one aspect that cannot be overlooked is that the book, as well as the series, have very deftly blended fiction with true historical events and Hindu mythology.

Each episode of Sacred Games bears a unique name – Ashwathama, Halahala, Pretakalpa, Rudra – and denotes what that episode is going to show. Many of the things that the series sheds light on are relevant even today. A plethora of references to Mumbai’s politics, crime, corruption, gangsters and their modus operandi in that era indicate that everything shown in the series is not completely fiction.

Not just a certain section of the audience, Indian media also feels the same. “The Gaitonde story is fascinating because, in many ways, it is also the story of Bombay over the last two decades: of the rise of the Shiv Sena, of the links between slum lords and politicians, of the riots that nearly wrecked the city, of the TV boom and the young girls who flocked to Bombay looking for roles and of the era of the non-resident don who can order a murder in Andheri from his hideout in Dubai or Phuket simply by picking up his mobile phone,” a leading Indian daily writes.

Looks like it is the too much of reality presented as fiction that has landed Sacred Games in controversy in India, what with many politicians crying foul over presenting a couple of past real-life political events and government in a manner that has not gone down well with certain political bigwigs.

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