Sacred Games season 1, episode 4 recap: ‘Brahmahatya’


In episode 4 of Netflix series Sacred Games, Nayanika and Sartaj are caught spying on Bunty, and crime boss Gaitonde’s relationships are explored.

In the previous episode, a TV star named Nyanika (Geetanjali Thapaand) met with Bunty (Jatin Sarna) — a sleazy, wheelchair-bound TV producer with ties to criminal Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

Bunty notices that he’s being spied on through her purse, to unveil details about his dealings. There’s a real danger for Nyanika. Bunty has a history of violence against women under normal circumstances, let alone those caught spying on him with a purse-camera!

When Officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) intervenes, he too is caught by Bunty and told to leave.

He refuses to leave without Nyanika, but they take her anyway. Sartaj and fellow officer Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte) split up to find the taken girl. Eventually, Sartaj is captured again, and the henchmen are commanded to burn Sartaj’s clothes and bode separately.

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In a truck, Sartaj is transported in a wooden box.

Fortunately, he is smart enough to escape (though he makes it looks so easy!) he also gets picked up by Anjali, who offers a strange piece of information: They were emptying water trucks and replacing water with something else.

Sartaj then finds a burnt vehicle somewhere — an obvious omen of something being wrong. It’s also revealed that Bunty wants to escape before Gaitonde’s 25-day deadline is up. What will happen then? No one knows by this episode. The only thing we do know is that Gaitonde himself is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bunty Under Pressure

In his hideout, Bunty asks Kanta Bai (Shalini Vatsa) — the illicit booze maker — about people named Gaston and Pascal (presumably new characters). Then, to Kanta’s obvious disapproval, Bunty berates and abuses the woman he has captured.

Eventually, he sends a henchman to get officer Anjali Matthur and a meeting is arranged. In a movie theater, Anjali asks Bunty about who has been killing Gaitonde’s men. He offers to talk, but requests to go to Singapore if he spills the beans.

Meanwhile, while Bunty’s away, Kanta feeds the captured informer/spy. She tells Nyanika to call Sartaj. Roughly while this is happening, Sartaj meets his so-called “superior,” Parulkar (Neeraj Kabi), to get back up for dealing with Bunty. Parulkar makes it conditional.

Sartaj will have to lie about the shooting of Junaid, the teenager from the first episode — who was in reality recklessly (or even intentionally) killed by Parulkar. In obvious ways, this Parulkar seems as bad as any other character in Sacred Games, especially when he’s operating from a position of apparent legitimacy.

Gaitonde’s Rise and Relationships

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This Sacred Games episode shines more light on Gaitonde business relationships and his experiences with the enigmatic Kukoo (Kubra Sait).

To begin with, we see that Gaitonde initially rejects politics. He rejects a politician named Bipin Bhosale (Girish Kulkarni), who pesters Gaitonde about an election he is contesting.

However, Bunty isn’t repulsed by him. In fact, Bunty wants to be an aide for Bhosale. Of course, Gaitonde chastises him for negotiating with Bipin on his behalf.

Still, due to the draw of power, Gaitonde decides to actually get into politics. Indeed, under his influence, his flashback narration claims the mafia became integral with religion and politics.

Gaitonde says a few memorable things about such relationships. One of the best episode quotes (and from Sacred Games in general): “A man sweeps his dirt under the rug to show the world how clean he is.”

He’s good at doing, too! By a certain point, Gaitonde even launches an airline in the name of Paritosh Shah (Muni Jha). Of course, things become more complicated when, due to his criminal reputation, Gaitonde is shooed out of the airline launch celebration.

Paritosh also compels Gaitonde to keep his love interest, Kukoo, on the side, due to Kukoo being transgendered.

It’s an interesting relationship, because Gaitonde is under pressure to avoid Kukoo, and likely not just because of the genitalia question.

There’s almost a certain control Kukoo seems to have, which is hard to really explain. However, Gaitonde has confidence in her. They even start their own cola business, called Apna Cola.

Although it ends up being a “huge flop,” it suggests that Gaitonde was an entrepreneur of sorts, who just happened to get his hands dirty — well, bloody.

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On that note, Gaitonde’s competitor, Suleiman Isa (Saurabh Sachdeva ) shows up and shoots up the party.

That’s it for this Sacred Games recap! Feel free to discuss it in the comments.