As Pahlaj Nihalani, relinquished the chairmanship from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), director Anurag Kashyap was asked about his thoughts on freedom from censorship during the press conference of Netflix’s Sacred Games, to which Anurag said, “I think I have always been a very responsible filmmaker. The proof is that actually my films have not been censored, even though it was a long road to freedom my films really have never been censored. I have managed to fight my battles and come out with my film intact. Of course, there is a lot of responsibility and I think I am a very responsible filmmaker and I know what my freedom is, and I have always fought for my freedom.”
Saif Ali Khan who plays the lead role in the forthcoming Netflix series, Sacred Games, doesn’t feel the necessity to answer institutions for their consent to be artistic.
“I don’t like the idea of too many constraints, you know. I think it is really nice that we have a platform (Netflix) where we can also reflect… This book (Sacred Games) is very layered, it reflects what India is like, what the city (Mumbai) is like; to be able to show that on screen without being answerable to five hundred institutions, and going and asking for permissions to just be artistic, is a great relief,” said Saif Ali Khan.
Netflix India’s Sacred Games is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same title. Produced under the banner Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are the key stakeholders of the series, which will be released next year.
The series will have eight episodes starring Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles.