The much-awaited Netflix original show, Sacred Games will return with its second season on 15th August 2019. This thriller series, directed by Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan, has been adapted from Vikram Chandra’s book with the same name. Writers Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasant Nath have helped adapt the book for the series. Preparing fans for the show’s release in less than a month, Netflix India has shared some images of the cast members, who have brought back the gangsta look from the 70s. The streaming service first shared a group photo of Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kalki Koechlin, Pankaj Tripathi, Ranvir Shorey, Surveen Chawla, Luke Kenny and Jatin Sarna, on its official Instagram page, with the caption:
“Meet the cast of Sacred Games 2 reimagined as gangsters from the ’70s. They might play gritty characters on screen, but this ultra glam shoot tells us a whole different story. Here’s a sneak peek into the exciting new season, and what each character has to offer.”
This was followed by a photo of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays Mumbai crime lord Ganesh Gaitonde, and in the next season, will be seen trying to re-establish his power by setting up a cartel far away from his land. Netflix captioned his photograph as, “Season 2 has Gaitonde taking his business international,” quoting Nawazuddin on the scale of the production, “See, the way he talks, the way he walks, remains the same, it’s the change in circumstances that brings about a change in any man’s internal state of affairs. It seemed unbelievable to me, but when we finally went abroad, it hit me that we’re actually filming this series internationally."
Fans have also been introduced to Kalki Koechlin’s character, who has her back to the camera in her photograph. The caption reads, “@kalkikanmani plays the mysterious character of Batya in the upcoming season. Talking about her role, she says, "She is a lost soul who is wandering from place to place, looking for a worthy cause to fight for when she meets Guruji. Her transformation is quite interesting as it seems to parallel Sartaj.”
Meanwhile, Saif Ali Khan will be returning to the series as Sikh police inspector Sartaj Singh: “With expectations running high for Sartaj, Saif remarks that his character faces a lot of additional issues along with the weight of saving the world this season. Season 1 was a setup, which deals more with the inner workings of his mind, personality and background. In Season 2, there’s a lot of tension and action. It’s got a few daddy issues as well, which is the reason Sartaj gets sucked into it.”
Pankaj Tripathi was introduced as Guruji in Season 1 and in the new season fans will finally get to see him perform. According to Netflix, the actor spoke about “the psyche of his character”, saying, “Guruji is that tsunami whose impact is hard to gauge from its origin. You’ll have to watch the entire season twice to understand every move he makes.”
The latest photograph is of Surveen Chawla, who plays Gaitonde’s friend Jojo, but had limited screen space in the first season. In Season 2, she will be back with a much bigger role. The actress said, “Jojo is not afraid of anyone. She's got multiple sides to her and has a tremendous impact on Gaitonde’s life in every way, which is hard to believe for a man like him. It was exciting and challenging to play her.” The actors’ 70s looks were shot by Rohan Shreshtha and styled by Tanya Ghavri and Mohit Rai. The team revealed that they handpicked pieces from various designers, high-street labels, and the actors’ personal vintage collections, and “the final ensembles channeled the decade’s anti-conformist, chic approach to fashion.”