Sacred Games released 6th of July and it quickly was consumed by the viewers. Netflix’s first Indian original had a powerful start and went live in 190 countries.

Sacred Games is at the core a cop-criminal thriller however it is grittier than something you’d see on the silver screen. It captures themes like  betryal and friendship as well, amidst the dark and dangerous world of the underworld.

The show captures you in the first 30 seconds enough to keep you hooked and binge-watch it in one go. The platform of Netflix allows each character to bring a layered performance, much of it also due to brilliant writing.

Here are some facts about Sacred Games you should know if you plan to binge-watch.

#1. The show is co-directed.

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The director of Ugly, Gangs of Wasseypur, Anurag Kashyap takes up the heady task of directing the baddy Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

Whereas Vikramaditya Motwane of Trapped and Lootera directs Saif Ali Khan‘s Sartaj Singh in the show. This creates a beautiful canvas that rightly portrays two different characters, authentically.

This arrangement mostly came out of scheduling conflicts and the logistics of shooting in different locations. Everything came into place when both directors were brought onboard.

#2. Anshuman from Jab We Met, he has a blink and a miss appearance in the show.

The show mentions Shanky Purohit multiple times in the show. He appears as an image and is played by actor Tarun Arora, who also played Anshuman in Jab We Met.

#3. Anurag Kashyap and Nawazuddin Siddiqui pair up for the 7th time.

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The director-actor duo is a dream team. They have previously collaborated on seven projects: Black Friday, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev-D, Monsoon Shootout, Raman Raghav, and Mukkabaaz.

#4. A young Saroo from the film Lion makes a cameo in the show.

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There are a couple of scenes from the flashback which feature child actor
Sunny Pawar. The world fell in love with him in the film Lion. In Sacred Games, he plays a young  Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui’s character).

#5. Radhika Apte preferred working with Motwane than Anurag Kashyap.

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She plays the character Anjali Mathur, a RAW analyst. The actress has worked with Vikramaditya Motwane and has a better rapport hence preferred the parts where he was the director. In an interview with the Indian Express, this is what Anurag Kashyap had to say about it. “Radhika refused to work with me. She chose to work with Vikram, who is this young good looking guy, whom every girl has a crush on.”

#6. Both directors refused English language shows.

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Both the directors were previously offered opportunities to make shows for Netflix in the English language. After various meetings and talks, both refused on the grounds that they wanted to produce something in a regional language considering that it would be an Indian story.

#7. Kubra Sait who plays Kuckoo had to down some whiskey to get her performance right.

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Kubra Sait is popular on the commercial circuit and has also hosted Filmfare. Sacred Games, however, was a different ballgame for her. She plays Kukoo, a transgender in the series and has pivotal scenes. Her scenes were quite explicit, at one point Kashyap had to get her drunk so she could perform the script with ease. The result is a flawless performance which is out there for everyone to see.

#8. The show promotes some great writing and new talent.

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One of the writers on the show happens to be Varun Grover. He is already an established lyricist in the industry. He penned the screenplay for Masaan. He is also quite popular on the stand-up circuit.