Netflix,Tamilrockers makes biggest India investment yet with ‘Sacred Games 2’

Sacred Games, Netflix’s breakout series in India, is set to get bigger in the second season of the crime thriller that releases this Independence Day. Industry experts said the video-streaming platform has spent as much as ₹100 crore on the series, the most any streaming service has spent on creating original content in India.

The highest investment on an Indian web show, previously, would be in the range of ₹3-4 crore (per episode) for around 12 episodes, the experts said.

“Sacred Games 2 is definitely our most complex show that has gone into production till date. We knew at the end of season one that we had to make season two bigger, better and juicier for the audience. For us, the audience comes first and we want to make sure they have a really fantastic experience watching the show," said Neha Sinha, director, international originals at Netflix India.Sinha said the complexity of production stemmed from the fact that the show follows two completely different narrative tracks, which in turn, required two crews led by separate directors. While Anurag Kashyap filmed portions with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s gangster character, Masaan director Neeraj Ghaywan shot with Saif Ali Khan, who plays a Sikh cop.
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The crew comprising over 3,500 people shot for more than 100 days at 112 locations, including Delhi, Mumbai, Nairobi, Cape Town and Johannesburg, to film 400 minutes of footage, equivalent to three-and-a-half Hindi films. Netflix claims it has taken many more post-production facilities as compared to a Hindi film on board to enhance the quality of the final product. Even editor Aarti Bajaj has worked with a whole team backing her.

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