Sacred Games season 1, episode 6 recap: ‘Pretakalpa’


Episode 6 of Netflix series Sacred Games is a panoply of character developments for Sartaj, Katekar, Zoya and, of course, Gaitonde.

This episode of Sacred Games begins in the past, where we see that crime lord Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) has been weakened by Suleiman Isa (Saurabh Sachdeva). It’s to the point where, strangely, even those who usually recoil at Gaitonde’s abuse seem to feel sorry for him. Isa had murdered Gaitonde’s partner, Paritosh Shah (Muni Jha). If that’s not enough, Gaitonde’s love interest Kuku (Kubra Sait) is dead. Of course, Gaitonde wants his power back, and we know he’ll knock down anyone in his way.

Sartaj is India

Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) always wanted to do his job with honesty and integrity, but it seems that’s not in his job description. Almost everything about recent events drags him down, and he finds little consolation in excuses. While drinking with a colleague, he says that they can’t just “blame the system” because they are the system. They are Mumbai. They are India. While Sartaj isn’t simply a bad guy, there’s definitely badness rubbing off on him, as he’s already succumbed to corrupting forces.

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Similarly, the actress Zoya Mirza (Elnaaz Norouzi) is using corrupt methods to retaliate, after her boyfriend blackmailed her into accepting a film project by threatening to expose her slimy connection to Gaitonde. In the previous episode, Zoya beat herself in the head, and now she’s claiming it was her boyfriend. She also claims he’s completely addicted to coke; “If he could, he’d butter his toast with coke for breakfast.” This may be the funniest Sacred Games quote so far in the series.

Constable Katekar and the Bangali Bura Boys

This episode has a bit of a surprise focus, as Constable Katekar (Jitendra Joshi) investigates a missing person case, tied in with a robbery and possible gang activity. It seems some Bengali Bura boys robbed and beat an old couple. At one point, the suspected gang leader is tortured for confession by Katekar, showing that almost no one’s above brutality in Sacred Games. The tables are dramatically turned, however, when Constable Katekar gets his neck slashed.

Sartaj chases the slasher down, shooting him in the back. It’s a bit of a freaky moment for Sartaj, though, as the scene reminds him of his boss shooting Junaid Sheikh (Raj Kashyap), a teenage suspect who was surrendering (and therefore less deserving of death than, say, a fleeing suspect). A little bit later, in a heart-wrenching moment, after Katekar dies, the man’s wife urges Sartaj to phone him to wake him up, as he always answered the call.

Day 17 and Gaitonde Flashbacks

Meanwhile, Officer Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte) gets a toxicology report. It indicates a witness to Bunty’s assassination was poisoned through an IV drip. In other words, he was murdered in the hospital. The poisoned patient had files of an international assassin.

As another plot point, we are reminded that some areas of India face a drought, so the politician Bipin Bhosale (Girish Kulkarni) has plans to alleviate it with lots of water. The question is: Is something sinister in the works regarding this plan? If so, what?

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Back in the past, we learn more of Paritosh Shah’s assassination, which got Gaitonde down so much. Specifically, he learned that one of his henchmen, Bada (Danish Pandor), was at Suileman Isa’s niece’s multi-million dollar wedding. This is found suspicious for obvious reasons. Gaitonde shoots him, promising he’ll spare his brother, Chota (Anil Charanjeett). Of course, Gaitonde doesn’t keep his promise. Why would he?

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