Sacred Games season 2: Is series 2 based on Vikram Chandra novel?

Sacred Games season 2: Is series 2 based on Vikram Chandra novel?

Sacred Games season two is available to stream and download on Netflix. The entire series, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on Netflix this

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Sacred Games season two is available to stream and download on Netflix. The entire series, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on Netflix this week (Wednesday, July 14) and fans have been binge-watching every episode ever since. Sacred Games season two is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap with a cast that boasts the talent of Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kalki Koechlin, Amruta Subhash and Ranvir Shorey.

Is Sacred Games season 2 based on the Vikram Chandra novel?

Sacred Games is loosely based on the 2006 critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra.

The novel is 1000 pages long and it is thought the first season is based on approximately the first quarter of the book.

This led fans to believe to complete the screen adaption of the novel, they can expect at least four series of Sacred Games but nothing has been officially confirmed about the future of the show.

By the end of season two of Sacred Games, many of the plots and characters of the novel have been introduced and much of the source material has been utilised.

Actor Saif Ali Khan who plays Sartaj Singh in the series told Press Trust of India: “This story [the book] ends at the end of this season.

“So I don’t know if they will extend it. (But) there is always scope for more.”


Therefore, a third series is likely to go beyond the source material.

Speaking to The Hindustan Times, showrunner Vikramaditya Motwane explained how the Netflix series is only loosely based on Chandra’s novel.

For example, the first and second season exclude huge events that occur in the book and introduce new characters who do not feature in the novel.

New character Batya (played by Kalki Koechlin) appears in season two of Sacred Games does is not mentioned in the novel, for instance.

When asked about what will happen next when the source material runs out, Motwane told the Hindustan Times: “You make your own. That’s what Game of Thrones did and it is also what we have done quite extensively.

“If you’ve read the book and seen the show you will know that there is so much that we have done. The book is beautiful by itself as a novel.“

He added: “People say ‘is the book better or is the show better?’ how can you say that? They are two different things completely. If I say that the book as is, adapted as a show, then yes our show is better.

“Should things go on, then we will make things up.”


Speaking to Gadgets360, show writer Varun Grover confirmed the plot of season two includes parts of Chandra’s novel.

He said: “We’re basing it on the novel by Vikram Chandra. And we have finished the book in season two, that’s all.

“We’re thinking only till season two. Right now, we’re just focusing on this. Only time will tell.”

Nawaazuddin Siddiqui who plays villain Ganesh Gaitonde in seasons one and two also explained how the show’s writers have to adapt to a new plot for season two.


He said: “In the book, [Sartaj] is solving another case parallelly, which has got nothing to do with [Ganesh] Gaitonde case. So we took that out in season one.

“Again, [in Sacred Games] season two, because we had to follow up on whatever we had kind of set up in season one, so we had to change certain things,

“Which is basically how all adaptations work. You take the themes and take the characters and then see how they translate on screen.

“And in this particular genre — because the book has a slightly different genre; the book is more atmospheric, while our show is a thriller so — we had to change certain things, but I think they are part of any adaptation process.”

Sacred Games seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix now.

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