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The Story Hidden behind the emblems of 'Sacred Games' Unveiled!

by Tanvi Vohra, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sacred Games, streaming on Netflix is all over the place. You cannot miss even the simple credits in the beginning of the series, let alone an entire scene! You may be surprised to know that each episode holds a story along with a symbol that is believed to have some aesthetic element attached to it. So basically, each of these emblems has an ancient Hindu story which directly derives the name of each episode. Interesting, right

After all the speculations, we bring to you the meaning of each of these symbols that are created by Plexus in collaboration with the designer, Aniruddh Mehta. Let me warn you about the fact that there are a number of spoilers ahead waiting for you. But, if you have already seen the web series, you should probably stop doing everything and read this!

Episode 1

Born as an avatar of Lord Shiva, Ashwathama is known to be a warrior in the legendary Hindu mythology epic, Mahabharata. He was born with the gift of immortality and the ability to command but with a curse that whoever he will love, will die.

“In episode 01, Gaitonde calls himself Ashwathama. Not only is he alive in the beginning after most of the people he cared about died, his voice is omnipresent in the remainder of the season - making him immortal,” added the director of the series, Vijesh Ranjan.

Episode 2

Halahala, as per the Hindu mythology is a deadly poison which holds the power to destroy all the mortal creatures. The poison that was later consumed by Lord Shiva is believed to destroy the entire Mumbai city towards the end of the show.

Episode 3

The two demon brothers, Atapi and Vatapi are believed to trick the tired travellers by giving them the temptation of food, and then trapping them later to own their soul.

As per the director, "In our conversations with the head writer Varun Grover, we realized that this could also be a symbolic representation of the Badriya brothers. But then again, the character Bunty could also be considered the symbol of communalism, divide - that demon which goes into Gaitonde’s stomach and bursts out."

Episode 4

It is believed that Lord Indra once killed a Brahmin, Visvarupa. He could not take the guilt that he suffered by killing a Brahmin. However, it was later shared by the Earth, the Forest and the Woman in order to free him from this sense of guilt. The reference of this story can be seen when Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as Ganesh Gaitonde gets involved in communal killings in the name of religion, as he himself was a Brahmin.

Episode 5

According to Hindu mythology, Sarama is considered to be the mother of all dogs and is associated with Lord Indra as she is believed to have saved and helped him recover divine dogs.

As per Vijesh Rajan (director), "As per our conversations with Varun, this episode has a lot to do with dogs. Zoya’s dog dies in the beginning and in this episode, she exacts revenge. Sartaj’s mother tells him about the story of a lost dog. Sartaj’s father spent 2-3 days looking for a Parsi’s dog. This is the story that tells Sartaj what cops are meant to be - which changes Sartaj’s mind and causes him to betray Anjali."

Episode 6

Pretakalpa is considered to be last and final ceremony that is read at the demise of a person. This ritual is believed to decide the fate of the dead person's soul. The story is signified in the series when Sartaj Singh gives up his anxiety on the Bnegalo Bura case and in the end is successful in killing the boy who is accountable for killing the constable, Kalekar.

Episode 7

Rudra, in the Indian mythology is a deity who is known to be a warrior and is considered to be the synonym of terror.

According to the director, "This episode also is about Gaitonde's rising anger. He is angry about his wife's death - about getting thrown into jail and beaten up. The city is angry because of the Bombay bomb blasts. This is where a storm starts brewing in Gaitonde and he becomes the personification of Rudra."

Episode 8

Yayati, an ancestor of the Pandavas had a curse that adultery would lead to his premature old age. He is believed to have given this curse to his son, Puru in order to save himself.

As per the director, "This is the episode where Gaitonde meets his third father - the father who brings him death in episode 01, just like in the story of Yayati"

It is quite clear that the makers of the Netflix series, Sacred Games have put in a lot of thinking and hard work while coming up with a plot. How many of these Hindu mythological stories were you aware of? Stay tuned for more Fully Filmy updates.


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