The thriller series, based on author Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name, features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan in the lead.
Sacred Games is an Indian web television series based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel of the same name, it is also the first Netflix original from India.
The series is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, who produced it under their banner Phantom Films. The novel was adapted by Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasant Nath. Kelly Luegenbiehl, Erik Barmack and Motwane served as the executive producers.
Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is a troubled police officer in Mumbai who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who tells him to save the city within 25 days. The series chronicles the events that follow.
The cast of the series also includes Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Neeraj Kabi, Jeetendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande, Jatin Sarna, Elnaaz Norouzi and Kubra Sait in different roles.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, the first season of the series premiered on Netflix on 6 July.
The second season will pick up from Sartaj Singh (Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai, the streaming giant said in a press release.
Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who played the intriguing Guruji in season one will also be back for the show’s sophomore run.
His character plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season, which is scheduled to film in India and locations overseas later this year.
For the second season, Kashyap will continue to direct the story of Siddiqui’s Gaitonde, while Motwane will be handing over the baton for the shooting of Sartaj Singh’s plot to Masaan helmer Neeraj Ghaywan.
Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer respectively.
“We’ve been thrilled by the response to Sacred Games from fans worldwide, and especially in India, to this high-quality production. It’s incredibly exciting for us to take the story of Sacred Games forward and open a new chapter in the series with its second season,” said Erik Barmack, vice president, international originals at Netflix.
Sacred Games is the first of eight Indian series that Netflix has commissioned. Upon its debut, the show received positive reviews from critics, mainly for the performance of its lead actor.