Few days ago, Netflix India's 2018 hit series Sacred Games had commenced its shooting for season 2 in South Africa. On Wednesday, actor Pankaj Tripathi who plays the role of Guru Ji in this series arrived in Cape Town.
He essayed the role of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s mentor in Sacred Games season 1 and now is expected to have even a meatier role in the new season. His role has been defined as one of the most powerful characters in Vikram Chandra’s book from which the whole show has been adapted.
Some time ago, Pankaj Tripathi discussed about his role in an interview with a leading news daily. He said, “My character was kind of kept hidden. I shot for the series for just one day after the main shooting was over. They thought ‘Let’s bring this character into the light’. Initially, that was not the plan. Something happened that they didn’t announce this differently and I am not someone who likes tom-tomming. It was a small role in the beginning, so we did not promote it as if it were a main one in the first season.”
Saif Ali Khan, who plays the role of Sartaj Singh in Sacred Games, was seen shooting in Mumbai for the upcoming season in December last year. His character’s thumb was chopped off at the end of season 1 , which came as a major shock to the viewers. Nawazuddin’s character Ganesh Gaitonde had already died in the first episode itself, after which the story was being narrated by him in past tense in a parallel track. Kubbra Sait and Rajshri Deshpande were also praised for their respective roles in the previous season but their characters also died as the show progressed.
Last year, Netflix had mentioned that two out of three viewers of the show were from abroad. The much-awaited second season of Sacred Games will be releasing end of this year.