Sacred Games is set to be India’s first homegrown Netflix series and with an ensemble of Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, who will be directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. This makes it a really exciting venture, especially given that Bollywood’s stocks are so low this year. The project has already gone on floors beginning this month but as per reports, Saif and Nawaz haven’t been shooting together at all.
Nawazuddin, who plays the role of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde is working with Anurag Kashyap whereas Saif, who plays Inspector Satranj Singh, has been busy shooting with Motwane in another part of Mumbai. Initially, we wondered if this is because there is a conflict of sorts between the two. But that’s not the case. A unit hand informs Mid day, “Vikramaditya is directing the portions that feature Saif and Radhika [Apte], while Anurag and Nawaz are shooting separately.” ALSO READ: Chef Poster: Saif Ali Khan And Svar Kamble Redefine The Father- Son Relationship During Their Food Trip
“It was always supposed to be this way. Nawaz shares a better equation with Anurag and naturally, the latter will be able to extract better performance from him. Saif and Vikramaditya have never worked together, so they will explore their creative energies,” adds the source. The move also helps to save on time and hence, budget. The show is tentatively scheduled to be streamed by the end of this year.
In an earlier interview, Kashyap had told mid-day, “The two of us are directing all the eight episodes together. This is logistically possible because our vision is entirely similar.” However, the two units will combine sometime post September 15, to shoot the pivotal scenes that feature Khan and Siddiqui together, the source adds:”It has already been decided between Anurag and Vikramaditya that the latter will be taking charge of those scenes.”