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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Badla – Slightly over the top.

Here again, these two unite as co-actors trying to create something ‘mysteriously’ wonderful.

Sujoy Ghosh is a good director, no doubts to that. Withal, the exaggeration is felt in the film. The over intesification is flowing through some of the scenes, which clearly is uncalled-for. Somehow, Amitabh Bachchan and Amrita Singh held the film by being the robust foundation of the it.

Taapsee Pannu is a crucial character in Badla. She could have avoided the over-acting in a lot of scenes, given the quality actor she is.

The music department didn’t have much to do in this film, except contributing to the background score. The film didn’t demand it, too. However, Amaal Malik and Clinton Cerejo did compose and sing a few songs. Oh and Amitabh Bachchan rapped in a song called as Aukaat. Check that out. Later on YouTube. There are no tracks and no interval in the flick.

Badla is an exact adaptation of a spanish movie named Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest). Moreover, I am in favour of debutant Tony Luke‘s acting. He just needs a lot of improvement in speaking our national language. He has acted in a few Malayalam films before. Lastly, there a few scenes which might surprise you with the suspense but more scenes which will keep the ‘Sherlock’ in your brain alive, in order to foresee the mysteries.

3/5