Renowned filmmakers Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap have been commissioned to work on two parallel stories in Netflix’s maiden India-set original series ‘Sacred Games’ based on Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel.
“Nawaz plays Gaitonde, the crime under lord of the series. This is an ambitious storytelling. We have two directors following two different decades of what’s happening in the Mumbai crime underworld,” Erik said.
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“We have Nawaz in the ’80s and we have a more present story. All are shot in practical locations in Mumbai. We have these great film actors in a tight storytelling, that does feel like Narcos, in the richness of the shoot and complexity,” he added.
The series, shot on real locations in Mumbai, will delve into the city’s intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage.
Erik said this storytelling format is quite amazing and hopes the show makes a mark globally.
“Vikramaditya and Anurag will follow two characters. One is on the Gaitonde storyline, the other on Sartaj. Of course they collide (eventually).”
“If you think of the conventional storytelling and where TV was 15 years ago, the idea that you can do these things in different time periods with anti-hero and complex characters is quite amazing. It (the show) is going to be amazing for us globally,” he added.
The series, to be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, will be available to Netflix’ over 100 million subscribers in over 190 countries. Netflix plans to gradually increase Indian originals following its recent announcements of three projects. Netflix said it was targeting “at least five to six Indian originals a year.” Netflix’s other planned Indian originals are — Again and Selection Day.