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The impressive cast of Sacred Games Season 2 includes the likes of contemporary heavyweights Pankaj Tripathi, Saif Ali Khan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. And, they are ably supported by Surveen Chawla, Ranvir Shorey, Amruta Subhash, Kalki Koechlin, Elnaaz Norouzi, and Samir Kochhar.
Full credit should be given to the makers of this dark political satire for being so blunt and balanced in telling about the business and political culture of the US. This is something that makes me a great fan of Hollywood and European Cinema. Be it the silver screen or the small screen, the storytellers are not afraid, ashamed, or prejudiced in showing the truth about their socio-political landscape irrespective of who or which party is in power at the moment. Indian storytellers surely have a long way to go before they can even think of emulating the Western world’s TV or Cinema.
Kaafir web series deserves an 8 out of 10 for its wonderful story-line based on the universally accepted themes of Humanity, Motherhood, and Patriotism. Director Sonam Nair managed to make a web series that connected with fans and critics alike, as Kaafir currently holds a very solid 8.4 rating on IMDB, to go with many positive reviews by renowned Indian TV critics.
“Kaafir” is an Arabic term for infidel or nonbeliever. The web series is based on a story of a Pakistani woman, who accidentally crosses the LOC and eventually lands up in a prison on the Indian Territory, for being an infiltrator and terrorist. Kainaaz Akhtar, the protagonist spends 7 years in prison and gives birth to a daughter too. But one day, an Indian lawyer-turned journalist Vedant attempts to learn the real story behind Kainaaz’s predicament and eventually unfolds the truth.
Inspired by real events, Kaafir attempts to inject hope, peace and goodwill within a system marred by hatred and prejudices. In other words, I would say that Kaafir is not a mere story of Indians and Pakistanis; rather it transcends the concept of borders and hyper-nationalism.