Sacred Games 2's Kalki Koechlin decodes Batya and Guruji

Netflix show Sacred Game 2 has opened to a massive response even though its ending has left the fans puzzled. Nevertheless, viewers are in love with the well-etched characters and cannot stop discussing their complexities.

The newer characters in the Season 2 are getting as much love as the characters of the previous season. Guruji's disciple Batya Ableman, who truly believes in his vision, has left everyone intrigued with her layered character. In an exclusive conversation with India Today online, Kalki Koechlin talked about Batya and Guruji's (Pankaj Tripathi) bond and how the two shared common attributes.

Decoding Batya

"She is obviously a very complex person, somebody who has embraced Guruji's teachings, really believes in his vision. At the same time, she is struggling with her own vulnerabilities. It would be interesting to see her relationship with Sartaj (Saif Ali Khan). While she is the steady one, someone who's giving him advice, one listening to him, there comes a point where she has that little moment of vulnerability where she tells Sartaj about her background and how she had a rough childhood," she told us, adding, "that makes her a very contradictory character. On one hand, she wants to start afresh, on the other hand, she can never escape from who she is inside. And that is the essence of the second season. Even Sartaj had that conflict that even if you start afresh and destroy everything, you will not be able to destroy your problems."

What's common between Guruji and Batya?

Guruji who wants to bring Satyug by destroying the world and starting everything afresh firmly believed he was an avatar of a God and had a deeper purpose to his existence. When his father was arrested, he found his purpose. He felt that the world didn't deserve to exist as there is no place for good people there. Destroying the world and bringing back Satyug was his sole intention behind spreading terrorism and finishing the world with a nuclear war.
"They both are escaping from something and finding solace, they are making their own home, their own world, because they didn't grow up with a solid home. That loneliness, that feeling of finding some family is something they share. In a way, they both are family," Kalki told us.

John Abraham film continues winning streak-Box office collection Day 7

The Independence Day window has proved to be second-time lucky for John Abraham. After delivering the smash-hit Satyameva Jayate last year, he came out with Batla House on the holiday this year.Batla House, directed by Nikkhil Advani, crossed the Rs 50-crore milestone in just five days of its release and continues to hold its ground at the box office despite facing stiff competition from the other big Bollywood release on August 15, Jagan Shakti's space drama Mission Mangal, headlined by Akshay Kumar.

Batla House is the latest patriotic film featuring John, after Force 2, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, Satyameva Jayate and Romeo Akbar Walter. Batla House is based on the real-life Batla House encounter in September 2008, which took place a few days after five serial blasts rocked the capital.In the shootout between the Delhi Police and alleged terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen, two suspected terrorists and a decorated officer were killed. John plays Sanjay Kumar, a character modelled on DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav of Delhi Police's special cell, who was honoured with the President's Gallantry Award for his role in the shootout.

Batla House also stars Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Rajesh Sharma in pivotal roles. Nora Fatehi, who makes a cameo appearance, has been in the news for her sizzling performance in the reprised version of O Saki Saki.India Today reviewer Sandeep Unnithan gave Batla House 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Director Nikkhil Advani's return to the gangster-terrorist thriller genre after his 2013 D-Day, starts on a promising note, but then tires itself out by meandering across the countryside. Not in the least bit because it features an item number. Because there's always room for an item song in a terrorist chase."