City of Dreams (2019– )

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City of Dreams (TV Series 2019– )
Mayanagari - City of Dreams (original title)

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.
India
IMDb   7.6 /10
TheMovieDb    9.5 /10
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Creators
Creator Nagesh Kukunoor
Creator Rohit G. Banawlikar
Information
Release Date2019-05-02
Runtime40min
GenreThriller
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyApplause Entertainment Ltd., Kukunoor Movies
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Poornima Rao Gaikwadas Poornima Rao Gaikwad
Ashish Rao Gaikwadas Ashish Rao Gaikwad
SI Wasim Khanas SI Wasim Khan
Gautamas Gautam
Purushottamas Purushottam
Katrinaas Katrina
Ameya Rao Gaikwadas Ameya Rao Gaikwad
Lipakshias Lipakshi
Jiten Pandyaas Jiten Pandya
Shireen Alias Shireen Ali
Rio Kapadia
Rio Kapadia
Commissioner Royas Commissioner Roy
CM Jagdish Guravas CM Jagdish Gurav
Kaushik Amreas Kaushik Amre
Aayam Mehta
Aayam Mehta
Tripathias Tripathi
Vipin
Vipin
Crony 1as Crony 1
Amit Amreas Amit Amre
Savioas Savio
Manjarias Manjari

City of Dreams (TV series)

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.


Conception

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.


Plot

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.


Cast

  • Priya Bapat as Poornima Rao Gaikwad
  • Siddharth Chandekar as Ashish Rao Gaikwad
  • Eijaz Khan as SI Wasim Khan
  • Atul Kulkarni as Amey Rao Gaikwad
  • Vishwas Kini
  • Sandeep Kulkarni as Purushottam
  • Uday Tikekar as Jiten Kaka
  • Amrita Bagchi
  • Sachin Pilgaonkar
  • Flora Saini as Mystery Women
  • Geetika Tyagi

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date 
1"The Shoot-out"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
An assassination attempt on Mumbai’s political stalwart Ameya Rao Gaikwad stuns the city. As the family deals with the shock, his son Ashish takes centre stage, while 'Encounter' Wasim gets on the case, unofficially.
2"The Response"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
With his personal life in a mess, Wasim gets a lead on one of the shooters. Meanwhile, Ashish spins out of control and a concerned Jiten asks Poornima to take charge.
3"The Rift"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Poornima tries to persuade Ashish to consult her before making any decision, which doesn't go down well with him. Meanwhile, Wasim keeps the hunt on in his own inimitable style.
4"The Hunt"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
When Ashish crosses the line, Poornima confronts him. On the other hand, Wasim tries to change the game with the trump card in his hand.
5"The Decision"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Ashish makes a shocking confession to Shireen. Later, a furious Poornima opens up to Lipakshi.
6"The Black Book"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Poornima turns the table on Ashish's rally. Elsewhere, Wasim gets closer to the assassin, while Jiten hides the black book.
7"The Mastermind"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Consumed by power and politics, Poornima's relationship with Kaushik begins to crumble. Wasim meets an old informant and finds a crucial lead.
8"The Awakening"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Scrambling for political support, Poornima tries hard to find her normal, while CM Jagdish gets into an unexpected alliance.
9"The Betrayal"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
Taking advantage of the situation, Jagdish makes his way to Delhi while Poornima learns the truth about the attack and the perpetrators.
10"The Victory"
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Rohit Banawlikar
3 May 2019
In the lead up to the grand party meeting, matters come to a head. Someone will win and someone will lose.

Promotion

On 21 April 2019, Hotstar Specials released the teaser for City of Dreams on YouTube and other social media platforms announcing the release of the series on 3 May 2019. The show will consist of 10 episodes.


Reception

Upon release, Gautaman Bhaskaran of News18 rated the show a 2 out of 5 and said " gives away too many clues, and viewers can easily guess how the series will pan out". Udita Jhunjhunwala of Firstpost rated it two stars and was of the opinion that the show was longer than necessary and the show missed a tight script and several scenes were dispensable. Soumya Rao from Scroll.in reviewed that "the protagonists were iterations of characters that have been seen often on the screen".