Sacred Games: Why You Don’t Mess With the Marathi Tai

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Sacred Games: Why You Don’t Mess With the Marathi Tai

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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tiny scene featuring secondary characters in episode four of Sacred Games, is an excellent demonstration of Shakti, the divine feminine energy, according to Hindu mythology.

Bada Badariya and Bunty, gangster Ganesh Gaitonde’s men on opposite sides of the Hindu-Muslim divide, get into a communally charged scuffle in Kanta Bai’s adda. Right before the whole thing escalates into a bloodbath, we see Kanta Bai hurl a handi of hot water at the hot-headed belligerents. Shocked beyond belief and with a new target to their anger, the men turn to her – she tells them she’ll pour scalding hot oil on them the next time. Bunty and Badariya, both seasoned killers with hair triggers, cower away with a look of embarrassment and shame. These are uncontrollable men with an uncontrolled appetite for violence, who slink away like timid stray puppies when she-wolf Kanta Bai bares her teeth.

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