“Some People Try And Gain Mileage” – Saif Ali Khan On Sacred Games Controversy

One thing that the entire internet has been talking about recently is Netflix’s Sacred Games. The show which released on the platform on the 6th of July has managed to garner a huge fan following and netizens can’t stop talking about it. While the Saif Ali KhanNawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte starrer has garnered raving reviews, the show also ran into a controversy after a plea was filled in the Delhi High Court to remove certain scenes that derogate former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In an interview with Mid-day, Saif recently spoke his heart out about the controversy.

Saif said,

Some people try and gain mileage. They watch like hawks for anyone to say anything that can be politically manipulated. For me, as an actor, it’s important to be part of the creative journey without worrying too much about this. If the intention is correct — that of making entertaining content — then the idea of offending someone becomes secondary. If it has genuinely hurt people’s sentiments, that’s another story. But if a situation is motivated by someone trying to get mileage, that’s lamentable. People are always looking for attention, and the easiest way to get that is to attack a movie or a movie star.

Further emphasizing freedom of expression, the Chef actor added,

People are demonstrating against [ Donald] Trump in London, and all the mayor has asked of them is that they do it politely. Freedom of speech is great, but the talk about pulling a show off air is destructive. You can’t make a movie adhering to the guidelines of how not to offend anyone. Mafia is always more dramatic, more romantic. Nawaz has done a fabulous job. But Sartaj is not monotoned. His addictions, his broken relationship, the lack of success — there was a lot to keep me happily occupied as an actor. I knew that Ganesh Gaitonde had more of the drama to play out. But it didn’t stop me from wanting to be Sartaj.

Sacred Games has totally won our hearts and we can’t wait for season 2.

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