#Throwback 2018: Thank You, Sacred Games, for Ganesh Gaitonde, Katekar, and the Gang of Gopalmath

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#Throwback 2018: Thank You, Sacred Games, for Ganesh Gaitonde, Katekar, and the Gang of Gopalmath

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ook adaptations are a gamble. It’s as if they exist to polarise the audience into declaring that “the book was better” minutes into the film. The odds are, after all, stacked completely against them. To compress an average 700-page book, that emphasises world-building, has intermingling backstories and unending sub-plots into a two-hour film or a five-hour show, is a challenge many screenwriters are not equal to. Look at the Harry Potter franchise for instance.

This year, a doughty Indian Netflix Original took a moonshot, and attempted to capture a beast of a critically acclaimed book in a web series… and didn’t falter. The first season of Sacred Games (the second season has already been greenlit) that came out earlier this year managed to remind audiences about the beauty of book adaptations.

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