Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians and Everything that is Wrong With Sports Documentaries

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Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians and Everything that is Wrong With Sports Documentaries

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arly on in the Netflix documentary Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians, produced by Condé Nast, you witness a moment of glaring honesty from the Ambani family. Akash Ambani is unsettled by the impending IPL auction, the jitters are getting to him. His mother Nita is concerned too, albeit for a different reason. As the camera looks on intently, she insists that her son get himself together. “The camera is on. Let’s go to a room and talk,” implores Nita Ambani.

It’s a moment I went back to often while trudging through this otherwise irredeemably dull docu. The producers’ commitment to triteness was second to none, overshadowed only by their dedication to imprison Mumbai Indians in a positive light. Even a PR job may have been done with more authenticity. The exchange between mother and son was remarkable for at no other point was any colour allowed to seep through. The best-laid plans often go awry.

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