Netflix's first original series from India, 'Sacred Games,' is an addictive crime thriller with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix‘Sacred Games.’
  • “Sacred Games,” the first Netflix original series from India, debuted Friday to a 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The crime thriller is an adaptation of a best-selling 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra.
  • The eight-episode first season is now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix’s first original series from India, the crime thriller “Sacred Games,” debuted Friday to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

The show centres on a Sikh cop in the Mumbai police force named Sartaj Singh (played by the Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan), and an enigmatic Mumbai criminal, Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). At the start of the series, Gaitonde calls Singh to inform him of an attack on the city set to take place in 25 days.

Adapted from a best-selling 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, the series has a 100% “fresh” rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes as of Monday.

“Sacred Games” is Netflix’s first original release in a campaign to reach India, which could be one of the largest international markets for the streaming service. Netflix India officially launched in 2016, but its growth and viewership in the country have lagged behind its streaming rival Amazon.

“Sacred Games” represents a renewed effort from Netflix to reach India’s more than 1 billion potential viewers.

Critics lauded the series in advance of its release, highlighting it as a fresh take on the crime genre and commending Khan on his performance as Singh.

Mike Hale of The New York Times praised the alternating styles of the show, writing in a review: “The combination of dark humour and operatic violence may call to mind ‘Fargo’; the slightly hyperbolic characterizations and stylised dialogue are akin to those in ‘Luke Cage.'”

“‘Sacred Games’ feels like it could be an especially interesting addition to this genre,” Kayla Cobb of Decider wrote in a review. “The questions surrounding Gaitonde’s identity and mortality inject this common story with a dose of supernatural shock.”

Watch the trailer for the series below, and catch its eight-episode first season on Netflix.

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