Netflix brings Aravind Adiga's novel on screen
Selection Day is a novel about an underprivileged rural boy's struggle to become a national-level cricketer
Selection Day, the engrossing novel by Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga about an underprivileged rural boy's struggle to become a national-level cricketer, is now a series on Netflix.
The trailer shows young Mohammad Samad as protagonist Manju bullied into cricket by his father (Rajesh Tailang), confused by the cultural contradictions of a life away from his roots, and grappling with identity issues.
The child actor, now well into adolescence, was recently seen in the supernatural horror thriller, Tumbbad, and before that in Rajan Khosa's Gattu.
Besides Samad and Mahesh Manjrekar, the trailer of Selection Day boasts of some very fine acting talent, such as Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajesh Tailang and Geetanjali Kulkarni, who played the public prosecutor in Chaitanya Tamhane's acclaimed Marathi film, Court.
The trailer follows tried and tested tropes such as the cricket aspirant, the domineering father, and the enthusiastic coach. There is also a mention of a missing mother and a divine intervention by Lord Shiva.