What it is about:

Sacred Games 2 is the continuation of where Sacred Games ended. The Web series takes us ahead in the life of Ganesh Gaitonde who finds himself in Kenya, while in the present time Sartaj Singh, along with other cops is discovering and trying to stop what is going to happen in 25 days.

What we liked:

Just into few minutes of Sacred Games 2 first episode we are in going a great time, the follow up is even more complex, then the first one. As things get revealed one by one it becomes even more compelling and intriguing. Both men Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde divided as they are by duty, are alike in ways neither would like to admit; their journeys converging at the feet of the same man. In the second season Gaitonde in Sartaj’s position and vice versa. Sacred Games 2 achieved that at the end of a rushed sixth episode. Performances wise Nawazuddin Siddiqui is at his vulnerable best as he is forced to leave his beloved Mumbai and move to Kenya. Saif Ali Khan is superb; he showcases all his emotions that he is going through with fiancée. Pankaj Tripathi as Guruji is the stand out. He very calmly projects his character and we never see him aggressive and going out of his character, he is amazing in every frame, while the new entrances in the series Kaliki Koechlin plays her role with ease. Amruta Subhash nails her role and Surveen Chawla is superb. Ranvir Shorey does what his character demands.  Then there is director Anurag Kashyap who directed the Nawaz’s part. Kashyap’s trademark style of showing time lapse, news clips, songs and special props never lets you lose the temporal sense, he shows Gaitonde’s story, his time from becoming saner to achieve total sanity is treated almost as two set pieces. While Neeraj Ghaywan who directed Saif’s part, continues on the same lines of storytelling as what Vikramaditya Motwane did in first part. Both do a fine job. Editing by Aarti Bajaj is top notch.

What we did not like:

The second part does not have the same swagger as the first part had. The narrative at times gets a bit boring and the slow pace makes things repetitive. As the makers mix a lot of small tales in the chase to find what is going to happen. The small tales takes away the story a few times from the larger narrative.

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