City of Dreams
City of Dreams is an Indian series by Nagesh Kukunoor which is available on Hotstar on its new label Hotstar Specials from 3 May 2019. It is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor starring Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Eijaz Khan and Siddharth Chandekar.
The idea for the show came from Kukunoor’s team member, Rohit Banawlikar. Banawlikar and Kukunoor co-wrote an anthology, intended to be turned into a feature film. But as digital platforms grew in India, Kukunoor felt that there was a scope for a series.
Multiple lives intersect after an assassination attempt on Mumbai’s most polarising political figure. A single stone thrown in a seemingly placid lake sets off a series of ripples that affect everyone and hurt many. City of Dreams is the story of the feud within the Gaikwad family, which erupts after an assassination attempt on a polarizing political figure. Blurring the lines between moral and immoral, in a struggle for power forms the core of this transfixing narrative
The season 1 of City Of Dreams follows the story of the attempted assasination of A Minister of Maharashtra.
The screenplay is decently well written. While it successfully manages to keep you on tender hooks throughout, some of the subplots extend the eventual length of the drama. So at 10 episodes it might seem a little long but overall nicely penned screenplay.
The direction is good and keeps you engaged throughout.
Some good performances top the series which is nicely setup for season 2.