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‘Dream On: Game Banayega Name’ Review: A riveting docudrama that hits the ball out of the park

'Dream On: Game Banayega Name' will bring you up close with IPL's top young guns


Having watched the first two episodes of the show in a special screening, I have to say that this docudrama will be liked by every IPL fan worth his salt. The show attempts to capture the lives of 9 cricketers – Khaleel Ahmed, Rinku Singh, Rahul and Deepak Chahar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shivam Mavi, Aryaman Birla, Manzoor Dar and Shubman Gill.

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It tries to give us an insight into their childhood, their economic background, how they fell in love with cricket and so on and so forth. It also captures the drama that takes place when they take their first steps on the biggest stage.

One of the things that impressed me about the show is that it doesn’t just show the highs, and places equal emphasis on the lows. Aryaman Birla going unsold at an action is a heartbreaking moment, considering the man had the choice to be just a billionaire’s son. He didn’t have to risk his ego and reputation (and invite the ire of trolls) by trying to make it big in cricket. Equally thrilling is Manzoor Dar’s story who used to work as a labourer (and would get only Rs. 60 for a day’s work) before making it to the IPL.

With a great background score (songs from films like Sultan and Brothers), a riveting storyline and some real heroes, this show will get you all pumped up for the upcoming season of IPL which begins March 23. We hope that in the coming years, IPL continues to provide a platform for talented youngsters (regardless of their economic background). We also hope that after watching this show, more kids dream of becoming cricketers and donning the India jersey.

This show also marks Reliance Entertainment’s Big Synergy’s first steps in Sports-Entertainment Content Creation.

Timings: The show airs on Star Sports (Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports First) every Saturday and Sunday. 



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