Netflix Original Selection Day Review: It is a tall order

23 . Apr . 2019
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In a change from the general, Netflix launched one of their series in two parts. That series is Selection Day, based on the novel written by Aravind Adiga. Here’s our complete review of the Netflix Original: Selection Day

The second instalment of the web series starts right where the first part ended. Manju and Radha are still struck with what has happened with their mother, their father is now on the verge of starting a new business, and the school is on the verge of becoming more bankrupt than it earlier was. All that stands to change with the Harris Shield final, which Manju, Radha and Javed should play well in.

What’s Wow: With the whole series out now, the storyline is finally out – and is one of the better, human stories that Netflix has brought out. The screenplay flits from story arc to story arc, keeping the audience engaged. Mohammad Samad and Yash Dhoyle have given performances of a life-time and stand to do well in the streaming scene. Aravind Adiga weaves a compelling, intriguing story in the book, and that’s brought brilliantly to life by script writer Marston Bloom. The smartly paced screenplay creates a compelling story.

Selection Day also comes up with some interesting characters who were hitherto unseen in Indian content. Two kids who want to do something entirely different in life, a father who’s gone crazy preparing his children for a life of cricket, so on and so forth.

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Selection Day has several characters – some would say a few more than were necessary. But the screenplay gives equal opportunity to everyone. Surprisingly, it even succeeds in tying up all the loose ends by the time the end screen rolls.

What’s Blah:  Selection Day is about two kids living their dad’s dreams – but there are other story arcs in the series as well. Surprisingly, the creators didn’t want to give closure to some of the secondary storylines – which makes the series look incomplete.

Parting Shot: Selection Day is another good offering from Netflix.

Cast & Crew:

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

Director: Udayan Prasad

Writer: Marston Bloom

Producer: Anil Kapoor, Anand Tucker

Watch the trailer here: