Sacred Games Review: India’s First Netflix Original Gets India Right

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Sacred Games Review: India’s First Netflix Original Gets India Right

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n “Yayati”, the explosive finale of Sacred Games — directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, and written by Varun Grover — Sartaj Singh (a superbly restrained Saif Ali Khan), its brooding anti-heroic cop is forced to learn a lesson in pain and faith.

Captured and tortured while chasing an antagonist, Singh howls in agony while his captor and assassin Malcolm (Luke Kenny, who spends most of the show being mistaken for a foreigner) tells him a tale. The story goes like this: Allah asks two brothers, Haabil and Qaabil for a sacrifice and both of them then present their respective offerings. He only accepts Qaabil’s sacrifice and enraged by the rejection, Haabil kills his brother. His death however, doesn’t go in vain because Allah gives him justice: Haabil becomes the world’s first martyr. After all, he dies for a “sacred” cause.

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