Now we know how Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui will look as Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde, respectively, in Netflix’s adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel Sacred Games. The streaming giant, which has been tight-lipped about their first original Indian series, released three stills from the show on Friday.
“The series focuses on Sartaj Singh, a seasoned and cynical Bombay police officer, summoned by an anonymous tip one morning, a voice 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 scenario, one that expands beyond their city,” said a press release.
Sacred Games also features Radhika Apte as RAW analyst Anjali Mathur. The bi-lingual television adaptation of Chandra’s seminal crime novel, which was published in 2006, is being helmed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
The streaming service also announced three new original series from India: A dystopian drama, a supernatural thriller, and a murder mystery. All three shows are led by female protagonists. The press release said:
“Leila”, from writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar, based on a book by Prayaag Akbar, tells the story of Shalini, a free-thinking woman in search of the daughter she lost upon her arrest 16 years earlier. Set in the near future, this inventive, boundary-breaking story centres around longing, faith and loss.
“Ghoul”, a horror series based on Arabic folklore, is set in a covert detention centre. Nida, a newly minted interrogator who turned in her own father as an anti-government activist, arrives at the centre to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world. Written and directed by Patrick Graham, and starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, this unique and gripping series, with a supernatural twist, traces Nida’s battle for survival.
“Crocodile”, written by Binky Mendez, is a young adult murder mystery thriller series set in the seaside state of Goa. When her best friend goes missing, Mira sets out on her own investigation, uncovering secrets among her friends, romantic relationships and community.
Netflix is already committed to three original Indian series, apart from Sacred Games. Selection Day, a story of cricket and corruption, based on Booker Prize winning author Arvind Adiga’s novel. Again, a female-led detective story set in New Delhi and written by Quantico writer Marisha Mukerjee, were announced in August, 2017. And Bard of Blood, which is about a professor of Shakespeare who is a former RAW agent, based on a book by Bilal Siddiqui of the same name.