Early viewers aren’t too happy with ‘Sacred Games 2’

New Delhi: It doesn’t seem like most early viewers of Netflix’s popular India original Sacred Games 2 are too happy with the current season. The crime thriller on which the American service is estimated to have spent a whopping 100 crore, is garnering some unfavourable reviews on social media since its launch late Wednesday night.

“Is it just me or is anybody else finding the second season of Sacred Games 2 really heavy going? Loved the first season but struggling to watch this season. Am two episodes down. May be it will get better,” journalist and television anchor Vir Sanghvi tweeted.

Among other things, some users complained of the subtitles being out of sync in the eight-episode season. Large portions of the show are in Marathi and some other foreign languages. Based on Vikram Chandra’s iconic novel, the new season has been co-directed by Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan. The ensemble cast includes Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kalki Koechlin, Aamir Bashir, Sameer Kochhar, Luke Kenny, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Chittaranjan Tripathi, Jatin Sarna, Vikram Kochhar, Amruta Subhash, Neeraj Kabi and Elnaaz Norouzi.

“I have seen all the episodes. Didn’t like it. Subtitles were coming before the dialogues and scenes! Very haphazardly made. Will give 9/10 for part one but 4/10 for part 2. It’s my opinion,” another viewer tweeted in response to Sanghvi.

“Sacred Games has always been hard-boiled pulp masquerading as literary fiction, but this time it feels particularly scrambled,” Mint’s review of the first three episodes said.

It loses tonal balance between the stories of Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Singh (Saif Ali Khan), it added. The Gaitonde sections feature most of the parodies and end up comedic and even silly, giving Siddiqui a lot to play with, while the Singh sections—at least in the opening episodes—feel dull and undercooked.

The cast is strong and some of the writing is clever, but the plot frequently veers off course as it hurtles towards its climax, the Scroll review said. The supply of cliffhangers is seemingly inexhaustible, and the second season struggles to join and capitalise on the various fragments and compelling possibilities teased at the end of season one.

In the bid to trade the source novel’s slow pace with thrills, the series ends up replacing careful plotting and delicate links with convoluted and redundant events, it added.

“If you’re going to buy Netflix subscription only for Sacred Games season 2, please cancel it,” another viewer put it simply.

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