Finally, a Netflix original in Hindi! Set in Mumbai and starring my great favorite Nawazuddin Siddiqui, what's not to like?
Suffice it to say, the first episode didn't exactly hook me. The opening scene was gut-wrenching and I thought, oh no, it's just going to be a butcher's block all over. And I wasn't wrong, especially as the ending scene too had a liberal dose of someone's ghastly end.
Still, the premise was interesting. Siddiqui is Ganesh Gaitonde, infamous Mumbai mob boss who calls a down-and-out cop called Sataj to warn that the city is on the verge of an apocalypse. In fact, 25 days later, everyone will die. The gangster casts himself as a kind of god-figure, throwing in a link to Sartaj's dead cop father as well.
Sartaj jumps into the case. (Sartaj is played by Saif Ali Khan as a Sikh, looking chunky and grumpy.) Then there's the Indian secret intelligence bureau, which bears the hilarious acronym RAW, who are also involved. Hmm. Okay, I thought, I should definitely give this another go. After all, I've been dying to see some fresh content in Hindi. Plus, Sacred Games has a good bit of Marathi too!
The second episode was much tighter than the first. They have got it right so far: the plot is intriguing, no-one hams, Mumbai is finely captured with some good cinematography, and the violence is not gratuitous. Good. I shall persevere, if only to make up for the disappointment that was Lust Stories.