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So y'all know Sacred Games is on Netflix, right?

'Sacred Games' Review: India Finally Has A Prestige TV Drama To Call Its Own

I LOVED the book and I loved the 8 episode series, tho the last episode ends in a cliff hanger. I read that the 8 episodes are only 1/4 of the book so they are supposed to make three more series to finish the book.

I was honestly surprised at how well made it was considering that 99% of Indian TV and movies are totally cheesy and awful. Was also surprised at the sex scenes and the amount of swearing -- since when I watched the movie Sex and the City on TV in India the word "sex" was bleeped out all the time.

But then I read some snowflake sensitive types filed police reports because the miniseries supposedly insulted Rajiv Gandhi. Seriously? There's nothing better to get upset about?

I give the series 5 stars.
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Everyone in Indian metros is well aware of the series' release - thanks to Netflix that hung gigantic vinyl banners on shopping malls. Truth be told, netflix had to localize to survive in India and justify its premium pricing (see below for userbase and pricing)



They're still a premium service in India - https://telecom.economictimes.indiat...arket/62351500 but with enhanced localization, should do well.

Meanwhile this is in papers - https://indianexpress.com/article/te...-free-5257137/
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Watched the series and have been disappointed. The shadows of Gangs of Wasseypur have loomed large. The same swear words , sex scenes, blood & gore , all has been transplanted in urban setup. Wtachable , yes . Enjoyable ? In fits and starts.
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Hello, what did you expect if Nawazuddin and Anurag are back at it again? This time they're getting american money to give the same 'gaali' and it comes on phone and computer. Chotte nawab should see a career revival though. I'm going to watch it, i liked Gangs of Wasseypur, a lot.

ETA: https://www.financialexpress.com/ent...ckers/1241873/

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Hmm. I love the GOW a lot as well, looked like the real stuff while Sacred Games looked less convincing. I have high hopes from Anurag. Ouch , he walked the safe road of reusing a hit and do great injustice to the original in the process. Anyway , the script was quite tight , holds one's attention most of the times.
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This is Netflix's Maharaja Mac moment. https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...on.lukeharding

That is, if they get the remaining 3 seasons right, and there's not too much heartburn, but just enough controversy - like cleavage - Bollywood courts controversy, it gets them viewers.
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Three episodes in, or maybe it was 4, and I felt like this was just another version of "Apan Mumbai Aaaya aur BC MC *&%# *&^# Gangster Banela Boss".

(I came to Mumbai and expletive expletive, effin expletive, and became a gangster).

Nudity and swear words plus the same old Hindu-Muslim angle, put in in some places it seems just to make it show like the show is also covering India's social history as much as the story of these bad boys, do not maketh a show great.

But they do make it popular....at least going by the praise I've been reading on social media and elsewhere.

PS- I do like Radhika Apte though.
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Interesting Netflix costs the same there as it does here, about $8 USD a month (on the cheapest plan.)

Now here's a dumb question: I had Netflix on my tablet a few years ago but it would not stream in India. Why? So I did not even bother with it last year.

Told you it was a dumb question!
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IP restriction (geo specific). Most Us radios / online streaming services (pandora, hulu) do not work in India.

Interesting to see they're charging the same in US as in India, and wondering why they cant compete with Amazon Prime (not to mention hotstar). Prime costs next to nothing, even by Indian standards for those who have a smartphone as Amazon has smartly bundled it with data plans of cell carriers!
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As an aside: Gangs of Wasseypur Part II was X-rated in Germany*. The postman had to hand over the DVD to me personally after noting that he had seen my ID with proof of age. I had never watched such mayhem since Scarface.

*It's called "FSK 18" here. Part I got away with "FSK 16", that should be "R" in post-Hayes Code US.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post IP restriction (geo specific). Most Us radios / online streaming services (pandora, hulu) do not work in India.
interesting since you'd think Netflix (for example) is "global." like once you have it (say on a laptop) you have it!

Hey, I'm the first to admit I'm a dummy about stuff like that.

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Interesting to see they're charging the same in US as in India, and wondering why they cant compete with Amazon Prime (not to mention hotstar). Prime costs next to nothing, even by Indian standards for those who have a smartphone as Amazon has smartly bundled it with data plans of cell carriers!
$8 is the very basic plan. Have no idea how much Amazon Prime streaming service costs either! You can pay for the streaming service separately in India? I get it with my Amazon Prime card.
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It is bundled with Amazon Prime free. But I think they are going to charge a thousand rupees a year henceforth- not sure.

Sacred Games.. saw two episodes, did not learn anything the second time I was kicked by a mule, so no more for me. Overrated and overhyped, like Nawazuddin, not that he is not a good actor. Give me Manoj Bajpayee or Pankaj Tripathi anyday.

PS: I, too, like Gangs of W; the first one.
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I enjoyed all eight episodes. It's after the second that it starts making sense. I almost never watch TV serials or mini series, bur binge watching all of these was an enjoyable experience. I like S Husain Zaidi's Mumbai books too, and this is vaguely reminiscent of those but more of Suketu Mehtas maximum city. I think I like Bombay in movies and books - basically from a distance it's great.
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Forgot to mention that I had read the book long ago, so I know the story. I did not find the netflix thing well made, is all. Maybe because I stopped at two.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I think I like Bombay in movies and books - basically from a distance it's great.
I'm a great admirer of Rohinton Mistry's books.

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