Selection Day: The Brilliant Ratna Pathak Shah Won’t Allow Ageist Bollywood to Slow Her Down

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Selection Day: The Brilliant Ratna Pathak Shah Won’t Allow Ageist Bollywood to Slow Her Down

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n Selection Day, Netflix’s second Indian original – an adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s eponymous 2016 novel – 55-year-old Ratna Pathak Shah plays Nellie, an atypical principal of a Mumbai school, looking to put its sports scholarship to good use. The series, which streams on December 28, revolves around two teenage brothers from Madhya Pradesh who have been singularly raised by their authoritarian father into becoming cricketing prodigies.

Like this year’s Sacred Games that delved deep into Mumbai’s underbelly of corrupt police officers, deviant babas, and all-powerful gangsters, Selection Day concerns itself with the city’s other prime obsession: cricket. That also means that the series – just like its predecessor – invariably is centred around a male-dominated universe. Its cast includes the two teenagers (Mohammad Samad and Yash Dholye), their nemesis (Karanvir Malhotra), their father (Rajesh Tailang), a disgraced cricket coach (Mahesh Manjrekar), a God (Shiv Pandit), and a young business tycoon (Akshay Oberoi).

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