Season two of Sacred Games concentrated on Sartaj Singh’s (played by Saif Ali Khan) efforts to find and stop the nuclear attack on Mumbai. As he delved further into the group behind the attack and the mysterious cult leader Guru ji (Pankaj Tripathi), audiences learnt more about the detective. There were hints about Sartaj’s dire home life – or lack of in season one but this was explored further.
What really happened to Sartaj’s Singh’s wife in Sacred Games?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Sacred Games seasons 1 & 2
In season one, fans saw Sartaj estranged from his wife Megha (Anupriya Goenka) who left him after his workaholism and self-medicating with sleep pills became too much for her.
Despite Sartaj’s promises to change and be around more, Megha decided not to go back to her ex-husband.
The second season saw her move on and become involved with a new man.
She also announced she was getting married to her new beau, leaving Sartaj perplexed at her decision after being with him for a mere six months.
But everything became clear in a brutal scene where Megha revealed she was pregnant hence the hasty wedding.
Her pregnancy was a huge blow to Sartaj who had wanted to have children with her.
However, Megha had said she’d never wanted children when they’d broached the topic during their the together.
Now that she was pregnant, Sartaj was left heartbroken and seemingly had nothing else to live for.
Speaking to India Today, actress Anupriya Goenka explained: “Sartaj’s character goes through a lot of emotional turmoil because of his personal life with Megha, because of his love for her and how they couldn’t manage to keep the relationship together.
“His relationship with her is a major part of his catharsis.
“Also, Megha becomes very crucial in his actions as the series progresses.”
Following this revelation, which is the final nail in the coffin of their relationship, Sartaj appears to join Guru Ji’s cult and foregoes everything else, the implication being he’s got nothing left to live for.
Ultimately, he decides the world is worth saving and makes a last-minute decision to leave the cult and stop the bomb from exploding.
Interestingly, prior to writing Sacred Games, author Vikram Chandra featured Sartaj in a short story.
Writing on Reddit, user jake19732000 said: “Before ‘Sacred Games’, Vikram Chandra wrote an anthology called ‘Love and Longing in Bombay’.
“Sartaj’s character first appears in one of the short stories called ‘Kama’ where he is investigating a murder and the story does flesh out his relationship with Megha.
“I recall reading this book way back in 1997 or 1998 and i distinctly remember that out of all the short stories, Sartaj’s was the most affecting and memorable [sic].”
The user went on to say: “It was good to see Sartaj back in 2006 in Sacred Games, in which his relationship with Megha is finished, and he does have a romantic arc going with one of the character’s sister from Season 1.”
The short story hints that Sartaj and Megha once had a happy and loving relationship before it all fell apart.
Depending on whether the programme-makers want to continue Sacred Games, Sartaj and Megha’s relationship could continue to be explored.
Alternatively, he could find romance with a new person and finally move on from this sad chapter in his life.
In season two, Sartaj appeared to have a brief sex scene with Batya Abelman (Kalki Koechlin) which suggest he’s beginning to let go of Megha.
Sacred Games season 2 is streaming on Netflix now
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