Much Before Netflix’s Sacred Games, There was Powder

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Much Before Netflix’s Sacred Games, There was Powder

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etflix’s Sacred Games, directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, has been the darling of the Indian internet ever since it debuted on Friday. And why not? The series with excellent production values, star writers, A-list actors, and the country’s finest technical team, does complete justice to Vikram Chandra’s sweeping novel. And while at it, it makes India look really good on the world entertainment map.

But eight years before Sacred Games saw light of day, another show with smaller names and a considerably modest budget made a quiet claim as perhaps the first global limited series to come out of India. Oddly enough, it was also an ode to Mumbai’s underbelly.

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