Sacred Games season 2, episode 2 recap: Siduri

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In episode 202 of Netflix series Sacred Games, Gaitonde encounters Guruji while closing in on his rival, Suleiman Isa.

Previously on Sacred Games, Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) was pursuing suspected members of an apocalyptic religious organization. Sometime after Sartaj leaves the interrogation room, he learns from his mother (Richa Kapoor) that his father, Dilbagh Singh (Jaipreet Singh. had joined the group’s ashram (religious retreat). There he was called the “Ashwathama” by their leader, Khanna Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi)

Dubai/Mombasa, Kenya – 1995

Sacred Games alternates between past and present, typically emphasizing the past of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). After completing some tasks for RAW agent Kusum Yadav (Amruta Subhash), Gaitonde calls his rival, Suleiman Isa (Saurabh Sachdeva). Gaitonde emphasizes that he has ratted him out and that he’s been linked to a cartel in news reports. Unfortunately, Gaitonde knows he must rise to Isa’s level if he is to take him down.

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So, in addition to engaging in the drug trade, Gaitonde even (apparently) is courted by a seller of rhino horns, and who knows what else! He gets a contact named Wilson Kamau (though we don’t see him yet). Also, he muscles in on Isa’s stake in Kenyan whiskey by making bootleg whiskey. He also opens a casino called Kukkoo, after his deceased love interest from season 1 (Kubra Sait).

Meanwhile, in India, Deepak “Bunty” Shinde (Jatin Sarna) goes after DCP Parulkar (Neeraj Kabi), paddling him. It’s a quaint part of the plan to rile Isa. Then, to further establish links between Gaitonde and Sartaj, Dilbagh Singh gets a call from Gaitonde seeking advice. Dilbagh, the one man who was kind to Gaitonde in prison, suggests that, because Gaitonde doesn’t believe in God, he should still find someone who can guide him. On that note, we see that Jojo Mascarenas (Surveen Chawla) is suicidal, but is advised to live out her life for atonement, as suicide is called a coward’s way out.

Speaking to Guruji

Gaitonde goes to a holy temple, half-lying by saying he’s a businessman (technically true, but iffy). There he meets Batya Abelman (Kalki Koechlin), who informs him about Khanna Guruji. He is quite non-judgmental, as ordinary people, leaders, businessmen, and gangsters can all meet with him. He also regards power and control as being futile, much like the pursuit of immortality. Gaitonde doesn’t meet him yet but attends a group meeting. He seems to distrust their methods as the group proceeds to drink tea and lie back on meditation mats. He later listens to a tape which says “loss is the essence of living.”

When Gaitonde meets with Trivedi (Chittaranjan Tripathy), he praises Guruji, mentioning his meditation, purity of thinking and complete lack of ego. Gaitonde talks to Guruji on the phone, asking him to prove his psychic-level wisdom. Guruji suggests there’s someone Gaitomde can’t trust, which functions almost like a prophecy (though he was likely familiar with Gaitonde’s lifestyle).

Gaitonde also tries to murder Suleiman Isa when he arrives in Kenya. However, after a brief shootout with his men, it’s revealed to not be Isa beneath a hot towel. Outraged, Gaitonde heads back to Yadav’s office, pointing a gun at her. He relents when a knife is put to his throat. Yadav says she is worried about a man wiping India off map, adding that he’s linked to Isa.

Back to the present

Sacred Games looks at Sartaj again, who goes through the diary of deceased agent Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte). She has a bunch of cryptic numbers written in it. However, he also learns that Pakistanis stole nuclear fuel from Ukraine, originally from Kenya. Also, much like Gaitonde, he learns of a man named “Wilson.” Meanwhile, superstar actress Zoya Mirza (Elnaaz Norouzi) has been linked to Gaitonde in the press, and she expresses anger about it when Sartaj calls her. He asks her about Wilson, assuring he can help reduce the heat on her if she talks.

Soon after that, Sartaj sees a suspect, Awaiz (Singh Bhupesh), being beaten by Majid (Aamir Bashir) during interrogation. Sartaj plays the good cop to his bad cop, asking why he’s involved in printing apocalyptic propaganda. It’s established that Awaiz’ brother is missing. Sartaj learns that a man named Shahid Khan (Ranvir Shorey), a narrator for Guruji’s videos, believes in Ghazwa-e-Hind.

Now, according to Wikipedia, Ghazwa-e-Hind is “an Islamic term mentioned in some hadiths, in particular, predicting a final and last battle in India and as a result, a conquest of the whole Indian subcontinent by Muslim warriors.” Awaiz sent papers to Ghazala Beebi (Nivedita Bhargava) in Kamathipura. When Sartaj goes there he indeed finds a stack of pamphlets. Beebi directs Sartaj to Nasreen, who is found hospitalized with radiation burns (and thus not the most talkative).

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Sartaj meets Guruji

Pretending he’s a textile businessman, Sartak attends a retreat led by Guruji. He mentions the Kali Yuga stage of the world, dismissing much of modernity. He says, in so many words, that war is business, religion is business, love is business, music is business, etc. He also warns that nothing goes away and that we must find Satya Yuga (pure idealism) again. Guruji has previously been mentioned as Gaitonde’s third father and was apparently the last one he could withstand.

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