Siddiqui plays a gangster in the Netflix original series Image: Twitter
The outrage against the not-so-holy Sacred Games has begun. The Saif Ali Khan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, Netflix's first Hindi series, has ruffled some feathers in political circles. West Bengal Congress leader Rajiv Sinha filed a complaint against Netflix and the Gangs of Wasseypur actor on Tuesday evening. In his letter to Kolkata Police, Sinha alleged that Nawazuddin as Ganesh Gaitonde insulted former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and also accused the makers of misrepresenting facts.
Sinha, a member of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, added that the show, based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name, has crossed all limits of decency and has taken the Indian film industry to a new low.
“We have received a complaint and we are looking into it,” a police official told a daily.
The complaint reads, "... would like to bring it to your notice that a new serial has started on Netflix (a OTT platform for watching contents on Mobile and TV through internet), called SACRED GAMES which has a scene in which the protagonist of the serial Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen abusing our late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi and calling him ‘Fattu’ (pussy as translated in the subtitle of the show) and misrepresenting facts during his period. Along with this the serial has crossed all limits of decency and has taken Indian film industry to a new low."
The show focuses on events that changed the fabric of the country, such as the Emergency, the Babri Masjid demolition as well as the Bofors scandal allegedly involving Rajiv Gandhi and his reported role in the Shah Bano case.
Fans of the series find the complaint completely baseless and are expressing their anger on social media.
The crime-political saga has been directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The show centres around Nawazuddin, who plays a gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde, while Saif Ali Khan has been cast as a cop, inspector Sartaj Singh.