Selection Day, Part 2: Web Series Review
Cast: Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, Akshay Oberoi, Karanvir Malhotra, Shiv Pandit, Amruta Subhash, Mahesh Manjrekar, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Parul Gulati, Dibyendu Bhattacharya.
Director: Karan Boolani.
Genre: Sports, Drama.
Release Date: 19th April 2019.
87 days away from the Selection Day, Radha’s injuries weakens his game, which puts all the pressure on Manju. Learning about his mother, the approaching science expo and Harris Shield all at the same time, Manju is put through a wringer. His love-hate relation with Javed doesn’t help either. When push comes to shove, he has to make a choice between his dream and the dream his father has hardwired into him from childhood.
- Selection Day, Part 2, takes a turn for better in the 6 new episodes, widening and deepening the characters’ arc, as the story dives deep into the ever-present fight between rich and poor, parents vs. kids- their expectations and dreams, right and wrong.
- The limelight shifts to Manju in the series more, shifting Radha to background cleverly. Radha is aware of his waning career, his insecurities eating away at him and making him lash out against his brother. Manju is having a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, with nobody at his side, apart from the fleeting moments with the God.
- As they did in the first part, Rajesh Tailang, Mohammad Samad, Ratna Pathak, have done a splendid job at portraying their characters in a splendid manner. Rajesh’s Mohan Kumar gets more intense and scary in the new episodes. Amruta Subhash’s character Meera also gets longer screen time, portraying her as a sharp and strong businesswoman. The focus on the women characters strengthens with her, Ratna Pathak and Parul Gulati’s characters.
- The multiple storylined plot interweaves itself perfectly as the Kumar brothers’ lives get tied to Anand, Nellie and Javed, everything having an effect on the final goal i.e., the Selection Day. Kudos to tying it all up so well.
- You have got to give it to Soumik Mukherjee, the cinematographer of the series. In the latest installation, as Manju is the focus, in certain important sequences for him, the camera completely zooms in on him, showcasing his portrait and then pans out to his surroundings, effectively portraying his ‘lone ranger’ persona, without any use of dialogue.
- If you came to watch Selection Day by its description as a sports drama, you’ll be a little disappointed. The second part lacks a lot in the sport department and excels more in the drama.
- The end, rather than closing doors, opens up some new ones, hinting at a second season. There might be a new innings of Selection Day, but since the goal is achieved, the viewers are left to wonder what it will bring. So if you were looking for closure, you won’t get it in the Part 2.
Selection Day, Part 2, satisfies some of the answers you brought from the previous episodes, and leaving you with a host of new other questions.
- Selection Day, Part 2, marks Karan Boolani’s directorial debut on digital; the previous 6 episodes were directed by Udayan Prasad.
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