- Censor Board has been Damned
If you have watched the series, you would know of the extensive use of curses. Every other minute, there is a slang coming out of any of the character’s mouth. This is an advantage Netflix offers to filmmakers. It makes them free of any Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) intervention. This Netflix original series has everything to piss off the ‘censor board’, from a dozen swear words to violence, from sexual scenes to breasts.
- Keep bingeing and finish it in a day or take your time.
Netflix releases all episodes of a season at once. So, you don’t have to wait week after week to watch it till the end. Each episode is barely 45 minutes long. Eight episodes would roughly make up to 6 hours or so. For the youth of our era, it is not a big deal. It would not be much of a problem to watch it through in just one evening. But then again, it is up to you. You may watch it in a few days or watch it in just one go.
- Cuckoo’s magic
Kubbra Sait, an amazing and versatile actress plays the role of Cuckoo, a transgender cabaret dancer. Gaitonde steals her from his rival group Suleiman Isa. Sait does a marvelous job playing the role and it is quite evident in the scenes between the two. The duo joke about their height differences and also that she resembles the famous actress Parveen Babi. Cuckoo’s character brings with it kindness, tenderness and freedom. Sait told Mid-Day, “Cuckoo knows she can make anyone dance to her tunes; that’s the kind of confidence she wears, irrespective of her gender. My journey of playing Cuckoo was not gender-specific, but emotion-specific.”
- Attractive episode names
All the episodes have a title derived from characters of epics. These Hindu mythological titles have been uttered at least once in the episode: Aswatthama, Halahala, Aatapi Vatapi, Brahmahaty, Sarama, Pretakalpa, Rudra and Yayati.
The show is available in a total of 24 subtitles and the English one is actually Indian English not Americanised which gives you a proper feel especially of the swear words.
- From book to a linear narrative
Vikram Chadra’s 1000 paged novel of the same name has been penned down tirelessly by Varun Grover, Smita Singh and Vasant Nath into just a couple of seasons. The script is in linear narrative format from the novel’s non-linear narrative. Now this is a mammoth achievement.
- Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte
This series will have you watch a restrained version of Saif Ali Khan. He has gained weight to play a not so ‘non-performing’ police officer Sartaj Singh who has lost a lot in his life, even his wife. Radhika Apte plays a RAW agent who is a no-nonsense character and also says that cursing has been ‘liberating’. Nawazuddin Siddique is a perfect fit as Ganesh Gaitonde, anybody else would have made it bland. He keeps the character alive and makes us like this notorious criminal a lot. Also, Jitendra Joshi, who plays the role of Katekar brings in liveliness and Surveen Chawla’s performance is noteworthy as well among others.
- Awessome directing, lighting and so on
Not just the performances of the actors, but the entire crew have done a fantastic job. The direction, lighting skills and also the background score, everything about this series is a notch higher than the usual. It has set new benchmarks and reached a different level of its kind.
This is one of those series in which the characters never sugar coat things or over exaggerate stuff. The characters speak what they feel and it doesn’t matter if it comes out in a swear word. The series starts with the dialogue, “Do you believe in God? God doesn’t give a fuck.” That’s when you know the show is going to be amazing and it really is. Once you are in it, you can’t get up until you finish the series. It has a gluing and attractive nature and is the first of its kind. Gaitonde is a lovable character who has highlighted some true to the core facts in India in every episode.