This year Netflix emerged out to be the most popular streaming service in India and the reason behind its sudden success is its widely popular and critically acclaimed thriller series Sacred Games starring A-list actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte. Captivating story and amazing direction made Sacred Games a huge sensation on the internet and in a matter of days, there were millions of memes doing round. Netflix followed that initial push with Ghoul, Lust Stories, Losing It, etc. Now in such an offering, the streaming giant has brought another series titled Selection Day which revolves cricket. Let’s find out whether Selection Day is a promising series from Netflix or not? (Selection Day Review)
The story of Selection Day
Selection Day is based on the novel by the same name from Booker Prize-winning author Arvind Adiga. The story revolves around two brothers Radha (Yash Dholye), Manju (Mohammad Samad) and their father (Rajesh Tailang) who wants them to make the greatest batsman in the world. The boys were conceived only to serve that purpose and from the first day of their lives, their father has extensively planned everything for them. The major obstacle that comes in his father’s plan is that of money as he is from a small village and how he paves the way for them in the most loved sports in the country. From the very first episode you will be hooked to the series and the reason behind that is its unique storyline. Lately, we have soon too many series around gangsters and in amidst of that Selection Day comes as a gush of fresh air. (Selection Day Review)
The unique thing about the series is that it’s not a rag to riches story rather its a story of two brothers who are pushed so hard to fulfill their father’s dream. The story of Selection Day takes an interesting turn when we come to know that Manju has no interest in cricket and has to play it just because of his father. And slowly as the series progresses we come to know how mad their father about cricket and just wants to make them greatest batsmen by hook or crook. The two brothers are exposed to an extremely new world when they arrive in Mumbai to get ready for the Selection Day, where cricket board will choose the top 3 batsmen from the city. (Selection Day Review)
In the city of dreams, they meet Tommy Sir portrayed by Mahesh Majrekar, a cricket coach who gives them a completely new view of cricket. He teaches them that cricket is a team sport not meant to played by an individual. We also get to see how Manju struggles to find the way out of father’s dream and follow what he desires.
Is Selection Day Worth The Watch?
Selection Day is entirely captivating and you will find yourself glued the screen for the entire series. There are no dull moments in the series and quickly form a bond with two brothers and adversities they have to go through because of their father. Udayan Prasad, the director of the series has masterfully painted the struggle of two brothers of finding themselves in the journey of fulfilling their father’s dream. Each actor has done superb work and their seamless performances bring this touching story about cricket closer to your heart. Another unique element of the series that captures your attention is the depiction of God (Shiv Pandit) and the way he interacts with Manju. (Selection Day Review)
The season 1 of Selection Day comprises of six episodes and by the end of it, you will be left wanting more of it. The creators have left the story on a cliffhanger and we just can’t wait to get our hands on Selection Day season 2.
Final Verdict of Selection Day
Selection Day is a gush of fresh air that will keep you glued to your screens. It is one of the best series that came out in 2018. Its unique plotline, emotions and heart touching story paired with class acting from each actor make it a must watch. If you go by choice I would rate Selection Day above Mirzapur and other ongoing series telling the same story of gangsters filled with meaningless violence and cursing.
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