Exclusive: ‘Sacred Games 2’ Was a Letdown, Admits Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan, who is currently promoting his upcoming period action drama Laal Kaptaan, admits that the second season of the popular Netflix show Sacred Games didn’t quite live up to expectations. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

The last time we met was on the sets of Sacred Games - now there’s a perception, because there is no box-office collection, that Sacred Games 2 was received not as much as the first season did. Did you get that kind of feedback?

Saif Ali Khan: Yeah, phrased like a gentleman. The first season was outstanding, it was like one of the best things we ever had. It’s got nominated for an Emmy, it’s a proper show. The second season was a bit of a let down, I was wondering why it’s called Sacred Games, and it’s because there’s that guru in it, now I know. (Laughs)

Now I’m joking about it. I think people lost a little bit of connect there, I think they wanted a down and dirty mafia show about someone like Gaitonde with a little bit of a twist with his love stories, and like a really nice Kashyap-Motwane kind of mix on what it was and Karan Johar really is like the witch oracle, you know, because he said in an interview with me, he said, someone from Netflix asked, is there something you want to tell us, he said, ‘beware of the second season curse’ and I said ‘what are you talking about, because our second season is brilliant’, he said, ‘well often it’s not’, he’s absolutely right. So, that’s the thing.

I don’t know why, but it kind of meandered off and the climax, I don’t know if it worked, and certain things weren’t tied up. So, it was a little disappointing in that sense but you’ll have to ask them why, maybe it was just all too much, you feel overwhelmed with the amount they had to do or whatever but anyway the first season was really good, so I think overall it was great.

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