Selection Day – Review

Genre Drama
Directed by Udayan Prasad
Starring Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Karanvir Malhotra, Rajesh Tailang, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shiv Pandit, Akshay Oberoi, Parul Gulati
Released on 28 December 2018
Duration 20 minutes
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 6
Flixxpanda Rating 7/10
Channel Netflix

We all know the good and bad guy dynamic right? It’s always been ever present. The forces of good and evil fighting constantly. The bad trying to take over the world and the good trying to keep them in check. Our world has a thin balance after all isn’t it? But how often do we see these forces within the same family? Not often that’s for sure. That’s what Selection Day brings us.

I’m writing this review after watching the series Selection Day and I can still say that I don’t really know much about cricket. I enjoy watching it and occasionally participating in friends’ games – but I still don’t really know what’s going on that well. The nuances of the complex sport escape me.

Selection Day is about this man, Mohan (Rajesh Tailang) with two kids – Manju Kumar (Mohammad Samad) and his brother Radha (Yash Dholye). Mohan is beyond obsesses with making his kids cricket prodigies. He’s taken away their childhood, made their lives torture just so that they can get professional contracts at 16.

I know parents who push their dreams onto their children. The ones who will do anything to get their kids to become who they want them to be regardless of what the kid wants. That in itself is horrifying but Mohan takes it to a whole new level.

While Radha loves cricket and enjoys the sport truly, Manju is quite the opposite. He wants to study science. So, the two have a pact, after they get their pro contracts, they will cut themselves off from their father so that Manju can go to school. I know that seems a bit harsh, but honestly what choice did they have? The man married his wife because she was an athlete. His soul purpose of bringing the boys into the world was to make them pro cricketers.

Every time, he told someone on screen of something he’s done to ensure his kids get to go to the big leagues made me cringe so hard. How can you possibly be so emotionless? How can you literally take away the happiness from your own children’s eyes – and then live with yourself?

Selection Day got me invested into the characters, I felt the boys’ anguish every time they couldn’t do something they wanted, something other kids their age could do – just because of their anarchic father.

Selection Day is short, just six episodes each of running time around twenty minutes. The makers of the show, Anil Kapoor and Anand Tucker have clearly done a good job of trying to keep in enough detail so as to not make it look poorly constructed. For a series so short, I think Selection Day is brilliant. Give it a shot!

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