Just five days since its premier, Sacred Games – Netflix’s first Indian original series – had landed into legal trouble after a complaint was filed against Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the producer for allegedly insulting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Netflix has also been named in the complaint. Also Read - Dhamaka: Kartik Aaryan Starrer To Premiere on Netflix? Here's What We Know So Far!
The complaint has been filed by Congress supporter Rajiv Sinha, a resident of Kolkata, who has accused the makers of “Sacred Games” of using a cuss word when referring to Rajiv Gandhi and also of “misinterpreting facts during his regime”. Also Read - Professional Binge Watcher: Love Netflix and Pizza? This Company Might Have a Job For You
In his complaint to Kolkata Police, Sinha said that Nawazuddin, who is playing the role of one Ganesh Gaitonde, used the word “fattu” for Rajiv Gandhi. The complaint letter sayid that the word “fattu” was translated as pu*** in the subtitles. Also Read - Amazon Prime Video Launches First Mobile-only Plan in India to Take on Netflix | Details Here
The complainant also reportedly accused the web series of crossing all limits of decency, saying that it has taken the Indian film industry to a new low.
The series, based on a novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, has been making news for its vivid sex scenes, the use of profanity and savagery. However, it has received excellent reviews from viewers and critics. Its directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have been appreciated for their extraordinary efforts in transforming the novel into a web series.
The mini series, available in local languages in different markets, tells the tale of Sartaj Singh, a seasoned and cynical Mumbai police officer who is summoned one morning by an anonymous tip which promises him an opportunity to capture the powerful Ganesh Gaitonde, criminal overlord of the G-Company.
As the stakes mount and Sartaj seeks knowledge of his prey, it becomes clear that the game the two players thought they were engaged in is in fact part of a much larger plan, one that goes beyond their city.
The cast of the show, which shows the intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage in post-liberalisation India, leaves a mark.
With Saif Ali Khan playing the Sikh Sartaj Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ganesh Gaitonde, Radhika Apte as a RAW officer, and a slew of talented artistes like Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir, Luke Kenny, Rajshri Deshpande, Kubbra Sait and Jatin Sarna in the supporting cast, the eight-episode show is compelling viewing.