Dream On (TV show) review: Dreams of the underdogs to inspire the dreamer within us

Review

Dream On, as the tittle suggests, is about everyday people, folks like you and me, who have the belief, passion, zeal, spirit, and courage to not only dream big, but also to turn their dreams into fruition. After all, that’s about the only thing that separates the achievers from the multitudes who don’t remain under-achievers — that attitude to never give up, that no matter whether you’re winning or losing , no matter who says what, no matter how long it takes, how many obstacles you face, or how impossible it may seem, you just don’t quit. That’s the only thing that makes you ‘dream on’ and achiever your dreams.

It’s this attitude and emotion that Reliance Entertainment Big Synergy’s new sports documentary TV show celebrates. Featuring the inspiring stories of ten young Indian cricketers from all across the nation; the episodic show traces their beginnings (humble or not), follows their hardships, and highlights their never-say-die spirit that have landed them multi-million-dollar IPl contracts, and in some cases, a chance to shine where every young cricketer dreams of making a statement the most — for the national team.

Shining the spotlight on some relatively known names like Shubman Gill, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Mavi (at least, among cricketing aficionados), and some obscure ones like Manzoor Dar, Aryaman Birla, Rinku Singh, and Rahul Chahar; the show not only focuses on their ups and downs, but also adds a welcome touch by focusing on their families, coaches, friends, and how they’ve impacted the lives of these young heroes.

A over-reliance on Bollywood music in the background stands out like a sore thumb in a reality-based show of this kind and the melodramatic treatment in some portions don’t gel well in the otherwise gritty tales, but these are minor hiccups in what should be a good way to motivate all young sportspeople out there (not just cricketers) and remind their families the importance of unquestionable support. Plus, these sudden cinematic detours won’t really matter to those from smaller towns, who are the core audience for such shows.

Movified Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Dream On is a one-of-a-kind 8-part series that premiered on 16th March 2019, and is telecast every Saturday and Sunday on the channel at 10 am and 2 pm.

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