Sacred Games: Sartaj Singh, The Man We Can’t Wait to See on Screen

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Sacred Games: Sartaj Singh, The Man We Can’t Wait to See on Screen

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ove is a murdering gaandu,” says the taciturn sardar, hero of Vikram Chandra’s epic novel, Sacred Games. Until this line is uttered, you’ve pretty much ignored Sartaj Singh, the cop who has arrived at a home where a man has cruelly flung a pomeranian from the balcony, in the opening scene of the novel. The owner of Fluffy the pom, is the adulterous Mrs Kamala Pandey, an overly made-up woman who annoyingly calls herself the mummy of Fluffy, and who Sartaj cannot bring himself to like despite her grief. “Love is a murdering gaandu,” he says softly as he looks down at the tiny, white dead body of the dog who has become a casualty in the bitter love story of this husband and wife.

But the moment he says these five words, Sartaj Singh begins to emerge, faintly but surely. This fascinating man who will carry this mammoth novel on his wholly able shoulders.

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