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‘Sacred Games’ director Neeraj Ghaywan reacts to Muslim boy’s mob-lynching scene being compared to an ‘item number’

Neeraj Ghaywan, who directed Sacred Games season 2 responded to criticism around a lynching scene on the show.


The second season of Sacred Games went live on Netflix on this Independence Day which has been jointly directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and Anurag Kashyap. The Sacred Games 2 got mixed responses from the audience. However, netizens seem upset with the second season when compared to its first season.

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Sacred Games 2 features an episode where a Muslim boy is seen being lynched by a mob. A Twitter user compared the scene of the young Muslim to an item number, said that the scene had no connection with the story. The user wrote, “Other directors put an item number in their movies which has no connection with the story, Anurag Kashyap put a mob-lynching in his show which had no connection with the story #SacredGamesS2″

Responding to that item number remark, Director Neeraj said, “You didn’t have the courage to put up even a solidarity tweet when a real lynching has happened. And now to hide your lack of narrative understanding, you equate someone’s courage to put it up on a global platform as ‘item number’? Amazing!”

Later, the user then brought to notice a tweet from 2017 in which he had said that he does not support mob-lynching. Replying to that tweet by user Neeraj tweeted, “I directed the lynching scene. Surely you can say it didn’t work for YOU or that you didn’t get it. You have no idea how difficult it is to put out something like that with your real name. And when you discredit it by appropriating it to something frivolous as item number, it hurts.”

Finally putting an end to the argument the Twitter user wrote, I appreciate all the effort that goes behind, and I also understand the anguish if you think criticism is unfair, it’s like someone abusing your baby. But to begin your point by accusing me of being a Lynch-supporter or not being ‘courageous’ also hurts,”

“Good! Now you’ll know how it feels when someone with many followers writes a misinformed tweet about you,” Neeraj Ghaywan replied.

Neeraj further tweeted saying, “Before you twist my words again: I don’t have problems with criticism. Absolutely fine if it doesn’t work for you. Fine if you don’t know the directorial credits. What is not acceptable is that your are misinformed about our intent and appropriating it to ‘item numbers”

The show is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name, ‘Sacred Games’. ‘Sacred Games 2’ stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, besides Saif Ali Khan.

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