Director Vikramaditya Motwane, with co-director Anurag Kashyap, has changed the landscape of India’s online streaming trend with Netflix’s first Indian original series, Sacred Games. Motwane is happy with the performance of the series that is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name.
It has connected well with the viewers.
The filmmaker believes it is an exciting time with the coming-of-age of streaming services.
“Now we know that there are two genuinely different avenues that we can go into. If you have to compare them (streaming services), movies are like affairs while streaming services are like relationships. That’s the difference.”
Dialogues like ‘Kabhi kabhi lagta hai apun hi bhagwan hai’, apart from the dozens of memes based on segments of the series, are finding a place in day-to-day conversations, with which the show has firmly found its place in popular culture.
According to Motwane, he is never tired of hearing good things about the show. He is also “pleasantly shocked” that it attracted audiences from a wide spectrum.
“I did not expect how broad it’s going to do in terms of what we call the ‘normal people’. We didn’t think that normal people would binge watch it. For lack of a better word, mothers and mothers-in-law and aunties have gone and watched it . . . I’m shocked at that, ” he said.
The massive success of Sacred Games has ensured the production of a second season, however, there have been reports that Motwane may not direct it. Handling the dual duty of directing and show-running has been “beyond exhausting” for him.
“I can’t talk about season two much. But what I can talk about is that we don’t know what goes behind the scenes of a show. Show-running is when you’re the constant creative voice in the show. For a year-and-a-half, you are working on the scripts, you’re fine-tuning them, you’re the final say on the edit, the music and the cast. To be a show-runner and a director is beyond exhausting. That’s all I’ll say.”