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Selection Day Review – Missing The Lead Between So Many Characters

Netflix’s new Indian series Selection Day is based on the novel with the same name by Aravind Adiga

Direction – Udayan Prasad 

Screenplay – Marston Bloom

Cast – Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Karanvir Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Akshay Oberoi

Netflix’s new Indian series Selection Day is based on the novel with the same name by Aravind Adiga. Series premiered on 28th December.

Cricket is the religion in India and we have the large number of aspiring cricketers who make the dream of play for India. This race of ambition is not an easy when it meets the politics in sports. 

The series is directed by Udayan Prasad and the screenplay is written by Marston Bloom. Both are the executive producer of the series along with Anil Kapoor, Aravind Adiga (story writer) and Anand Tucker.

Selection Day is the story of two teen brothers Radha (Yash Dholye) and Manju (Mohammad Samad) who are trapped in his father Mohan Kumar’s (Rajesh Tailang) dreams to make their son world’s best batsmen.

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The compulsive and strict father drags his sons to Mumbai to take the part in the race for the selection day. After getting failed in various Cricket academy, Tommy Sir (Mahesh Manjrekar) gives a chance to Radha and Manju in his academy where they meet their rival Javed (Karanvir Malhotra). The process of selection day starts with Harris Sheild tournament and the journey of Radha and Manju’s story as well. 

Series starts with the promising talent of young protagonists Radha and Manju who are lost in the parental pressure and his father’s crazy obsession. Rajesh Tailang is playing the role of a strict father like we saw Ronit Roy in Udaan and 2 States. When story moves ahead, you realise that the passion of cricket is in his blood and his two sons are the medium to fulfil his all ambitions. 

Selection Day has three plots. In the first plot, Radha and Manju put their efforts to complete the mad obsession of his father. They actually have forgotten their main goal between the pressure.

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In the second plot, Weinberg Academy’s principal (Ratna Pathak Shah) wants to regain the glory of his academy through Tomy Sir who finds the talent in Radha and Manju. Harris Sheild tournament is something that can help her to catch that glory.

In the 3rd plot, Akshay Oberoi who wants to take that land of Weinberg Academy. He later offers sponsorship to Mohan Kumar’s both sons. His goal is to make money through the real estate deal.

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Selection Day’s script misses the route between these plots. These three parallel stories catch the attention but when it engages something, it loses the beat.

Ratna Pathak Shah in the role of principle is fine. Mahesh Manjrekar has done fabulous but somehow he look odd as a coach. Rajesh Tailang defines him very well in the role of the impulsive and strict father. Mohammad Samad is impressive. Selection Day has too many characters and nothing to do. 

Script is good but it could have done better characterisation or it could have shortlisted more episodes. Selection Day is watchable but do not make an impact in the genre of sports drama.

Gulshan Sharma is a blogger and screenwriter. He loves to write on the movies and travel kinds of stuff. He writes everything on cinema including short films, web series, film festivals. He writes about the new places, culture, traditions and all the hidden stories on travel.

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