What If Gaitonde’s Prophecy Turns True and Mumbai Gets Nuked

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What If Gaitonde’s Prophecy Turns True and Mumbai Gets Nuked

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hen I watched the first episode of Sacred Games a few weeks ago, I did not expect that ending. Even with Ganesh Gaitonde, the dreaded kingpin, seemingly offed, his narration continues to drive the show through serpentine streets of a Bombay both scummy and sparkling until it comes to a delicious turn in the heart of a Brutalist cement bunker.

But before we climb down into the dark, we must return to the first episode – back through the ornate embroidery of mythology and metaphor – where Gaitonde claims that he is Ashwatthama, the immortal warrior from the Mahabharata. In his misleading claim, what he (intentionally?) doesn’t point out is that Ashwatthama isn’t blessed with eternal life, but cursed by it.

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