Netflix finally made its presence felt in India with Sacred Games, one of the most epic Indian web series starring A-list actors Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. The series is a true masterpiece from all perspectives be it acting, storyline or direction. Sacred Games is a political thriller that engulfs you from the get go and find yourself attached to the enigmatic character of Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
The way stories of both the characters get entangled with each other and the conspiracy on the yardstick of sacred religion and profane politics which is responsible for finishing Mumbai in 25 days is a treat to watch. Both actors give an exemplary performance, so here we are giving you the best scenes where Nawazuddin Siddiqui proves that he is the Class Actor who can play any character and bring various shades of that character to life masterfully.
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1. The Birth of Evil
The story of Sacred Games majorly revolves around the character of Ganesh Gaitonde portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who was born in a small village of Isapur in Brahmin family. After having a rough childhood in his adulthood, he comes to the city of dreams, Mumbai to make it big. He quickly lands up in a job of a waiter in the Hindu restaurant, however, after his boss mistreats him and doesn’t pay his wages for two months, he plans revenge.
In this scene he digs bones in a rice cloud and when he sees his plan being successful that maniacal expression and smile on Nawazuddin’s face provides a depth to the character and indicates to the viewer that evil is here and he is ready to take Mumbai by storm. His portrayal of the simple yet clever guy is on point. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
2. Killing Salim Kaka
After exacting revenge on his boss, Gaitonde takes a step ahead on the way of making it big in the Mumbai city. This time he takes on Salim Kaka who is said to be the father who taught him that he is immortal. The scene where he drops the box of gold and kills Salim highlights Nawazuddin’s mannerism and how he brings the character of Gaitonde to life. His fearlessness and confidence of making it big in the crime world Mumbai nicely radiates from his posture and eyes. The character’s cruelty shines when he ruthlessly kills Salim Kaka with his own hands.
3. Taking Over Momin’s Empire
Killing Salim Kaka made Gaitonde a fearless man who now has even bigger dreams and wants to replace Momin who is the owner of Gopalmath slum and earns at least 70 lakh a day. He starts putting things together to take over Momin, but his efforts are put to rest when Momin attacks his close ones. Gaitonde doesn’t give up and destroys Momin empire by setting fire to his source of earnings. The scene where Nawazuddin Siddiqui observes Momin’s realm in flames while sitting on the couch shows the spark in his eyes to make it big in Bombay.
Nawazuddin nicely portrays the desire and angst of a young gangster who wants to make it big in this particular scene. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
4. Persuading Kukoo
Gaitonde having made his presence felt in the Mumbai by taking over Momin’s empire sets a target to replace Suleman Isa, the real king of Mumbai. And way to victory over him is not by killing Isa, but it is by Winning the heart of Kukoo. His first interaction with Kukoo shows his immense confidence and his will to rule over Mumbai. The softer side of Gaitonde is highlighted in the scene where he persuades Kukoo that he is the only one who can understand her.
Then how he takes her away from Isa right in front of his eyes is perfection. And making these scenes of winning Kukoo are made fun to watch by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
5. His views on religion
Ganesh Gaitonde was not only a bad person being a gangster instead he has few ethics that will make you praise him. His views on religion and treating a man of any religion equally made him stand apart. In the above scene where Bipin Bhosle seeks the help of Ganesh Gaitonde to win elections by favouring the Hindu voters and rigging the procedure for Muslim ones. Ganesh bluntly says to him that he has never favoured anyone based on his/her religion and even his gang has people of various faiths. At this moment in the series, you realise that there is some grey portion in character of evil Ganesh Gaitonde which is brought to life by Nawazuddin’s performance. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
The marriage of Ganesh Gaitonde puts in front a different aspect of the character where you get to see his innocence and how he is afraid to take this significant step in his life. Nawazuddin Siddiqui brilliantly portrays the inhibitions of the character where he is little hesitant and is asking Paritosh bhai to cancel the wedding. In this scene, you get to witness the multiple emotions of excitement, happiness & fear which the character is going through. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
7. Making Fun of Trivedi
The serious character of Ganesh Gaitonde also makes you laugh in various scenes when he bluntly takes on the people who make no sense to him. During such a scene, he makes fun of Trivedi who instead of talking to the point puts forward various riddles. Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes you chuckle with his witty one-liners and adds little amount of light moment to rather dark and gritty thriller. (Best Scenes of Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
8. In Isolated cell
This is the phase where you witness a completely different side of the character where he is helpless and doesn’t know how his life is going to end. After facing many days of torture and surviving in the darkness of the isolated cell without any food and water, Ganesh Gaitonde finally breaks into tears when baba asks him to remember the moment when he first felt the fear. At this moment seeing the character who has faced various adversities, makes you sympathise with him. Nawazuddin Siddiqui quite effortlessly brings these emotions to the screen making you all emotional about the character.
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