Netflix India’s first original series, “Sacred Games,” touts itself as a gritty drama set in the underbelly of Mumbai’s dark alleys. It is based on Vikram Chandra 2006 novel of the same name and boasts a Bollywood cast that includes Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The eight part series is produced by Phantom Films, with Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap taking the director’s seat. 

The streaming giant expanded to India a couple of years ago and quickly gained steam. Earlier this year, Netflix India rolled out its first original movie, romantic comedy “Love Per Square Foot,” which received critical acclaim. Now, with “Sacred Games,” Netflix India is further cementing its position as a coveted place for unique and original content.

In the show, Khan plays a shy but respected and cynical cop named Sartaj Singh. He gets caught up in a cat-and-mouse style chase with a powerful criminal named Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui), who seemed to have a beef with Sartaj’s father. Apte, who will also appear in an English-language World War II film alongside Stana Katic, plays intelligence officer Anjali Mathur. Anjali aids Sartaj in his search for Ganesh.

According to the official synopsis, “the plot twists and turns along the dark alleys of Mumbai, with Ganesh and Sartaj tightening their grip on each other and staking everything on victory, including the city itself.”

Clearly, Netflix India is applying the same tricks of the trade that worked well for the company in the U.S.: create solid original stories, via film and TV shows, that can resonate with the audiences. “Sacred Games” promises to be gripping while featuring a star-studded cast. Yet, “Love Per Square Foot” introduced us to two lesser known but talented actors in Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar. It’s a good mix, and it’s only the start. Netflix India plans to launch at least 6 more original stories, including “Sacred Games,” this year.

All eight episodes of “Sacred Games” will premiere on July 8 on Netflix globally.

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