Saif bets BIG on Sacred Games
After a string of flops and turkeys at the box office, Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan wishes to revive his hit streak with Netflix’s impending web series Sacred Games. Based on Vikram Chandra’s book by the same title, it is the first original Indian web series to stream on Netflix. Saif essays the role of Sartaj Khan, a cynical and seasoned Mumbai police officer trying to hunt down Ganesh Gaitonde, criminal kingpin of the G-Company. The series captures the dangerous game that unfolds between the cop and the gangster against the backdrop of Mumbai’s grim underbelly.
The web series also stars Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui with Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap at the director’s helm. This eight-episode outing promises to be a dark and thrilling ride interweaving the stories of a policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians and terrorists amid the chaos of the Maximum City. Even as his co-stars Apte and Siddiqui have previously ventured into the digital world of entertainment, this is Khan’s debut on the platform. In fact, he has become the first major mainstream Hindi film star to dabble with the online streaming platform and is counting on Sacred Games to strike a chord with the audience.
With his last few films sinking without a trace at the box office, Saif’s acting career urgently needs a new lease of life. Chef and Rangoon, his two releases last year bombed, adding to his long list of flops including Phantom, Happy Ending, Humshakals (an utter disgrace!) and Bullett Raja. Saif’s Bollywood innings are in a dire need of a big score and it seems that his decision to enter the digital space has been a result of some serious career introspection. He can only hope that Sacred Games does for him what the American web series, House of Cards, did for Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey (although he’s now fired from the show because of **ahem ahem**!)