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Saif Ali Khan teases Sacred Games 2, says Kareena was taken aback by Cuckoo’s willy

Saif Ali Khan reflected on Sacred Games’ success, talked about how his wife Kareena Kapoor was ‘taken aback’ by it, and what the future holds for Netflix’s first Indian original series.

tv Updated: Jul 26, 2018 14:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Saif Ali Khan as Inspector Sartaj Singh in a still from Netflix’s Sacred Games.

Saif Ali Khan hesitates to call Sacred Games a comeback, but he’s happy with the response India’s first Netflix original series is getting, and especially pleased about how his performance has been received. Saif sat down with journalist Rajeev Masand for a chat about the show, and where it could go in future seasons.

Saif compared the response he’s been getting to ‘the old days’ when he’d deliver a super hit. Certainly his wife, Kareena Kapoor Khan, was ‘surprised by how good it was’. Saif said she watched the first four episodes of the show, but he had to make her watch the second half later. “She was quite taken aback by Cuckoo’s willy,” he laughed, adding that the both of them were surprised that they could get away with this nowadays.

Speaking about co-director Vikramaditya Motwane, who directed ‘the Saif timeline’ while Anurag Kashyap did the Nawazuddin Siddiqui scenes, Saif said that he is ‘a fine technician’ but that perhaps ‘directing and showrunning, not just producing, did not suit him,’ because he was under such immense pressure the whole time. Saif speculated that maybe Motwane knew he’d have a 130 million-strong audience to satisfy this time.

Saif said now that the show’s over, Motwane is a much happier person, and much more fun to be around. “It might be a little premature to say, but I don’t think he’s directing the second season,” Saif said, hinting that someone ‘quite exciting’ might be brought on board for that role.

“I think he was under so much pressure that he didn’t have any fun,” Saif said. Masand also reminded him that he’d begun shooting Sacred Games days after his film Chef bombed at the box office, and had told him that Motwane wasn’t the kind of director who’d offer too much praise.

The second season, Saif said “will be emotionally fraught with more stress, they might bring his (Sartaj’s) ex-wife into it”.

“A little bit more action,” he said, “the bomb threat and I think the ‘sacred’ angle will come into the games a bit more, it develops.” Saif had said in a previous interview that the three more seasons of eight episodes each had been planned for the show, pending Netflix’s go-ahead.

It has also been reported that Pankaj Tripathi, who played Guruji in a cameo in the first season, will return for a more central role in season 2. Tripathi told Mid-Day recently that, “Guruji is a larger-than-life part and will become the most sought-after character in the series. My character becomes as big as Gaitonde.”

Kashyap had previously told Hindustan Times that Tripathi will become a big player in the show.

Saif, meanwhile, is excited about the future - especially the world of online streaming. “The Mahabharata would be bloody perfect for a Netflix show,” Saif said.

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First Published: Jul 26, 2018 14:04 IST