The feeling of freedom was a common emotion experienced by the main cast of Sacred Games, Netflix’s first Indian TV series which premiered on July 6.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, the eight-part series flaunts a cast that stands opposite a big-budget Bollywood musical. Actors Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte are responsible of bringing alive the thriller written by celebrated author Vikram Chandra.
“The medium [digital] was so liberating. As a director, you want to be able to tell stories that don’t have to be told in two-and-a-half hours with an interval and three songs inserted into it. So many of these boundaries weren’t there … To create something where characters have conflicts going on for years was a lot of fun,” said Motwane.
Sacred Games settles into the ups and downs in the life of Mumbai mobster Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui) and his cunning power games with an inconspicuous Sikh cop Sartaj Singh (Khan). While Kashyap, who is best known for his violent films such as Gangs Of Wasseypur, was in charge of culling out the best from Siddiqi’s morally corrupt character, Motwane worked on Sartaj’s emotionally complex character. But what held them together were their implied trust in each other and the material in their hands.
However, complete freedom also came with self-imposed restriction.“Just because there is no censorship, we didn’t tell each other to let go and have a party. Self censorship has always been there. Even when we are shooting sex scenes, it is not pornography like what you watch on sex-hd.xxx and while shooting violent scenes, it wasn’t a different sort of pornography,” said Kashyap.
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