Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is conflicted. Gaitonde’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) phone call to him was clear – his teesra baap (Guruji played by Pankaj Tripathi) held all the answers to the attack that was about to take place. But in a shocking turn of events, Sartaj discovers that his own family also had deep ties with Guruji.
What is it about this Guruji that has the world swayed by him? To the non-believers, he is yet another mystic who preaches about good and evil and old fables. But to those who believe, they swear by his every word. Is he yet another god man who has made religion a money-making scheme or is he a spiritualist?
Episode 2 introduces us and brings us up close and personal with Guruji, both through Sartaj and Gaitonde. Sartaj, in present day, is investigating Guruji’s involvement in the attack which brings him to the ashram. Presently, Guruji is no more and is succeeded by his most loyal disciple, Batya Abelman (Kalki Koechlin) who tries to resolve Sartaj’s personal conflicts.
In 1999, Gaitonde is introduced to Guruji through Trivedi in Croatia where he has an ashram too. It is here that we see Bhonsle and Malcolm too. Guruji, dressed in yellow robes, is sitting in the middle of a pool of water and is surrounded by his disciples. It is a scene of peace and serenity, soon about to give away to death and destruction.
The most breath-taking scenes of the second episode are the ashram ones. The location is excellent – it manages to paint a picture of a dystopia that is all around us. We are taken into the world and it casts a spell on the audience – just like it would if we were in the ashram ourselves.
Gaitonde finds his spiritual anchor in Guruji and we begin on the journey of turning a non-believer into a believer, a scary reminder of how easy it might be to manipulate the human mind. The plot is about to thicken, and we can sense it in our bones.
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