Has the first trailer of Sacred Games 2, the Netflix original series based on Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel of the same name, created a buzz? You bet it has! The new season scheduled to start streaming on Netflix from mid August looks all set to get bigger and better with Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey joining Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui - the man on our August cover. Neeraj Ghaywan replaces Vikramaditya Motwane (dropped after a #metoo scandal) as co-director of the series, while Anurag Kashyap remains at the helm.
In a teaser on Twitter, Netflix said, "Calendar nikalo bhaiyo aur behno. #SacredGames2 ka release date ayela hai!"
After a series of bizarre events, inspector Sartaj Singh, played by Saif Ali Khan, learns that Ganesh Gaitonde, the notorious gangster, essayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is dead. In the cliffhanger end of the first season, Sartaj finds Guruji, Gaitonde's 'third father', played by the versatile Pankaj Tripathi, locked up in a bunker. Now, Sartaj is challenged with the task of putting together pieces of the puzzle - details of the 'war' - that Ganesh Gaitonde has left behind.
Here are the three things you can expect from the second season of the show:
Ganesh Gaitonde’s story continues...
The second season is expected to continue to explore the relationship between Guruji and Gaitonde, and shed light on the famous line, "Sab marenge, bas Trivedi bachega" (Everyone will die, only Trivedi will survive). Before shooting himself in the first season, Gaitonde advised Sartaj to save the city. In the second season, this danger will get multiplied as we can hear Gaitonde's voice say:“Ye khel aapse, mujhse, bada hai” (This game is bigger than us). There are two parallel story lines running - of Gaitonde's past and of Sartaj's present. We'll also get to see that Gaitonde has left Mumbai to become an international gangster.
What makes Guruji powerful?
In the first season, while we heard Gaitonde mention his name several times and refer to him as his third father, the only time we saw Guruji was in the last scene when Sartaj finds him in a bunker. There was obviously some bad blood between the two, and Season 2 should uncover the reason. Guruji, in all probability, holds the key to Gaitonde's past and to the future of the city. Seen giving lectures in the new trailer, Guruji asks his followers to make sacrifices. Is this seemingly religious leader actually going to participate in the destruction of the city?
It is also evident from the trailer that Batya Abelman, played by Kalki Koechlin will be a part of Guruji's circle and might have a major role to play in the destruction of Mumbai. Another addition to the series is Shahid Khan played by Ranvir Shorey who is seen holding a gun and appears to be a part of Gaitonde's gang. What are his motives?
There's a strong sense in Sacred Games Season 1 that there's going to be a blast of some sort in the city. A nuclear one? It wasn't clear, but now this season's teaser has Gaitonde saying, “Ye khel aapse, mujhse, bada hai” (This game is bigger than all of us). Is there a danger to more than Mumbai? To the world at large? Then there's an officer examining a piece of evidence and saying, "It's time for war," and Sartaj asking, "Like Hiroshima and Nagasaki?" To add to the drama, there are yellow boxes with radio-active substances being transported from one place to another.
Grab the popcorn. Sacred Games Season 2 is almost upon us.