Sacred Games – Game changer.

I tweeted, tagging the cast and creators of this show post watching it, lauding and being really glad about India upping their game with this masterpiece. Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have created a prodigy, after all.

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It is said that novels are much better than shows which are based on them. But, I think Kashyap (director) and Varun Grover, Smita Singh & Vasant Nath (screenplay writers) flipped that scenario by making this so craftily. Undoubtedly, it is based on Vikram Chandra‘s novel of the same name from 2006.

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About a year from the release of this glorious show, I had heard confirmations of Khan making his debut on a TV platform or rather web series which made him the first out of all Bollywood actors to do so. I was skeptical yet felt proud. Then when the poster released of this and Nawazuddin Siddiqui was seen playing an antagonist. There went my skepticism, out of the window, almost instantaneously.

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Let’s see what we have here. Exceptional veteran actors (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Aamir Bashir, Neeraj Kabi, Chittaranjan Tripathy, Samir Kochhar, Saurabh Sachdeva & Girish Kulkarni) and proficient new ones (Jatin Sarna, Rajshri Deshpande, Kubra Sait, Surveen Chawla, Geetanjali Thapa, Anil Charanjeet, Radhika Apte & Vikram Kochar). A well-written and conceptualized story (Grover, Singh & Nath). A mind boggling background score (Alokananda Dasgupta) and musical track (Phenom, Divine & Rachita Arora). Plus, to top it off, a phenomenal direction (Kashyap & Motwane) and superb photography work (Swapnil Sonawale, Sylvester Fonsenca & Aseem Bajaj). You cannot go wrong. Sacred Games is my Netflix recommend, if you STILL haven’t seen it.

4.5/5

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Inside Edge – Fact or fiction?

After a couple of recommends and repeated torture by my younger sibling, I finally started to watch this, since it is related to cricket and match fixing. And mainly because IPL was trending last month.

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With quite a few masterful performances by Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Suri, Richa Chaddha, Tanuj Virwani, Sayani Gupta, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Angad Bedi, Sarah-Jane DiasKaran Oberoi, Amit Sial, Manu Rishi and Jitin Gulati, I was rest assured that the show will impress me completely. I really wanted to love the plot, but at the end of the day, it brings us to one important question that whether all of this is true or not.

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It is quite admirable how Karan Anshuman, the creator of Inside Edge, brings about an element of suspense and thrill to what is being depicted with every episode. The ups and downs of the game and a fictional portrayal of what it could be in actuality, behind the stage, or in this case, the stadium. He is not alone when the screenplay is concerned and is aided by Ameya Sarda, Puneet Krishna, Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey.

3/5

Pokémon Detective Pikachu – Reminiscing, slightly.

I wasn’t going to watch this film for Pokémon or the characters and hell I didn’t even know many of them. What really got my attention was when I read that Ryan Reynolds has given his crazy voice to the character of Pikachu. The Deadpool star is one of my favorite actors because of his great sense of humor.

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This collaboration of actual human actors and Pokémon monsters was really well thought of, yet, lacks so much in the story and the addition of various other characters/monsters. There are 812, according to Wikipedia. It is a secret as to why Reynolds adds his comedic manly touch to the cute, adorable Pikachu, which, shall be revealed way after the climax of the flick.

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Inclusive of a display of some next-generation technology, some great graphical representation, this film is adventurous. It has a good portion of comedy, thanks to Ryan Reynolds, of course. Rob Letterman, the director, who has made a few beautiful films in the past, unfortunately, couldn’t bring out the charisma, which was very much required in this game-adapted Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

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Apart from some moments of recollection of our good old memories concerning this legendary Japanese game and characters (or monsters) [which has been played on various different mediums since 1995], there are only a few notable things this film has to offer. Which reminds me to mention about a superb upcoming actor, Justice Smith (as Tim Goodman). With great dialogue delivery and facial expressions, he is quite the impressive one. A year younger to him, the female lead, Kathryn Newton (as Lucy Stevens) still has a few skills to master, however, is not that bad an actor. Probably experience shall teach the pretty one some more.

2/5