Sacred Games: Has Netflix changed TV forever amid Emmy nomination?

Based on the Vikram Chandra novel of the same name, Sacred Games launched on Netflix in 2018 and became a huge success. The show has garnered fans who devoured the story of Mumbai gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and police detective Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) as he tried to stop a nuclear attack on the city. But the show hasn’t just won fans, it’s received a highly positive critical reaction.

Netflix has been rejuvenating the television industry after it launched its first Original series back in 2013.

Since then, the streaming giant has been bringing TV shows from various genres and nations to a global audience for the first time.

Netflix previously revealed that two out three viewers who watched Sacred Games season one came from outside of India, the Hindustan Times reported back in 2018.

Again, these figures can’t be ignored and simply demonstrate the power of Netflix.

On top of that, the Indian series went on to get an International Emmy nomination this year in the Best Drama Category alongside McMafia and Germany’s Bad Banks.

Speaking about the nomination, actor Khan told PTI: “It’s great (moment), I mean the idea was to do something honest on a platform that is kind of international.

“Something like Narcos that is a Netflix original and they encourage you tell your story the way you do but in an international way to an international audience.”

He added: “Hence I feel in a way it is well deserved to have been nominated at an international platform.

“Full credit to the team and the production and of course the directors and the lovely actors.”

Director Vikram Motwane, who served as showrunner on season two, also posted to his 21,000 followers on Twitter: “#SacredGames got Emmy-Nated!!! A massive Congrats, Hug and Kiss to the whole team. You guys are amazing.”

Star Siddiqui also wrote on social media: “Congratulations #AnuragKashyap you beauty, the epitome of innovation in Cinema, making Indians proud across the world, First for GOW being the only Indian film shortlisted by the Guardian & secondly Sacred Games being nominated at the Emmy’s 3 Cheers to Vikram, Neeraj & Team SG.”

Along with Sacred Games, fellow Indian Netflix series Lust Stories also got a nod from the Emmys.

Director Anurag Kashyap, who also helmed episodes of Sacred Games, shared his delight at an impressive three nominations for projects he’d been involved in.

He posted to his 515,000 Instagram followers: “What a day . 3 Emmy Nominations . 1.lust stories (best miniseries)

“2.Sacred Games (best Drama)

“3. Radhika Apte(best actress-Lust Stories) #internationalemmy @netflix_in @radhikaofficial @karanjohar @zoieakhtar @rsvpmovies @ashidua #dibakar @vikramadityamotwane @ishikamohanmotwane @vidushak ufff.”

Sacred Games season two could see further success down the line with perhaps more nominations and even bagging some gongs.

These Emmy nods suggest that there is a growing appetite for TV shows from India.

Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series, at Netflix, announced last year the streamer’s commitment to Indian content.

He said: “We are proud to continue to invest in original content in India. These three series, from the scary to the supernatural, represent the tremendous diversity that Indian storytelling holds for a global audience.

“We are thrilled to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers to bring these stories to life for India and the world.”

Netflix now has a whole slew of Indian Originals including Dehli Crime, Typewriter, Leila, Selection Day, Little Things and Bard of Blood.

Sacred Games seasons 1 & 2 are streaming on Netflix now

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