WARNING: This article may contain spoilers about Sacred Games on Netflix
Who is Zoya Mirza in Sacred Games on Netflix?
Zoya Mirza is an international superstar actress originally from Pakistan.
In the novel, she is one of Ganesh Gaitonde’s (played by Zawazuddin Siddiqui) girlfriends but in the screen adaption, it is hinted that she was previously an escort for him.
Also in the show, she is given an important subplot.
Sacred Games runs on two timelines – 21st Century Mumbai and Bombay in the 80s and 90s.
In the 21st Century, Zoya is portrayed as a small-town girl who made a name for herself in Mumbai’s film industry.
In the past narrative with Gaitonde, we get an insight into Zoya’s shady dealings revealing that he aided her rise to stardom.
When Gaitonde was in prison, he believed he was on the verge of death, a young Zoya visited him to perform sexual favours.
She brought with her a box of sweets, which had a knife hidden in it, so he could protect himself from other prisoners.
Gaitonde was released from jail and tracked down Zoya, and as he is indebted to her, he helps her with her career.
There is a 30-second scene featuring Zoya that has also got fans talking.
During an on-stage performance in front of Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and right-hand man Constable Katekar (Jitendra Joshi), Zoya is seen dressed almost identically to Kukoo (Kubra Sait), the transgender dancer who is Gaitonde’s love interest.
It ambiguous as to why this happens, perhaps a potential second season will reveal exactly why.
Indian news website The Wire suggests the scene was deliberate: “The Zoya into Kukoo transformation teases out, in a few swift seconds, so many diverse questions about ideas of beauty, gender normativity and transphobia.
“If you were merely presented the two images, absent of any context, they would pass as unremarkably similar. But in so sharply juxtaposing the two narratives, a trans-man comes out as desirable, as a cisgender actress.”
Who is actress Elnazz Norouzi in Sacred Games?
Elnazz Norouzi is an Iranian actress and model who can speak six different languages: English, German, French, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.
Elnazz was born in Tehran, Iran before moving to Germany in 2000.
Throughout her teenage years, she pursued modeling and then moved to Mumbai to focus on acting and performing.
She is a famous actress in the Pakistan and Punjabi film industry starring in films including Maan Jao Naa and Khido Khundi.
What is Sacred Games on Netflix about?
Sacred Games is based on the 2006 critically acclaimed novel of the same name by author Vikram Chandra.
Netflix’s official synopsis of the show reads: A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians, cultists, spies, and terrorists—the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern-day Mumbai.
“The eight-episode thriller follows the riveting journey of Sartaj Singh, a seasoned, cynical police officer, and Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte), an intelligence officer, to the center of a mysterious web woven the powerful criminal overlord, Ganesh Gaitonde.
“The plot twists and turns along the dark alleys of Mumbai, with Ganesh and Sartaj tightening their grip on each other and staking everything on victory, including the city itself.”
Will there be another series of Sacred Games?
Sacred Games series one debuted on Netflix on Friday, July 6.
Netflix has not yet confirmed a second series but there is great potential for a second series.
The first series approximately covers the first quarter of the novel, so fans can expect up to at least four series.
A second series will also depend on the show’s success in attracting more viewers to Netflix both in India and across the globe.
The actor said Ali Khan teased fans speaking to DNA when he confirmed shooting for season two would begin in September this year.
He also said on being potentially occupied with Sacred Games until 2020 that “Yes, we should be out with one season every year, if that’s the way ahead.”
Sacred Games is available to watch on Netflix now