Netflix's Indian Original 'Sacred Games' Gets Second Season

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The streaming giant's debut Indian production will return with lead star Saif Ali Khan playing a Mumbai policeman battling a notorious gangster played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Netflix has confirmed the second season of Sacred Games, the streaming giant's debut Indian original that bowed in July to critical acclaim.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, the eight-episode series opened with top Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan as Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai policeman who gets a surprise call from notorious gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who was missing and considered dead for 15 years. Gaitonde tells Singh he has 25 days to save Mumbai and its residents (save for one person) who all face imminent death, leading him on a quest to unravel the mystery.

In its review, THR called the series "a familiar but intriguing postcard from Mumbai."

The series was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, who co-produced it via their Phantom Films banner. The second season will be co-directed by Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan, known for his 2015 directorial debut Masaan, which won a FIPRESCI Prize and a Prix de l'Avenir prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer, respectively. The series is set to begin production this fall shooting in locations in India and overseas and will pick up with Singh pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city as Gaitonde faces bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai.

Sacred Games sparked debate over its controversial portrayal of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, resulting in a legal case that is still ongoing.