Tale with a twist The on-screen twists of the Web series are nothing compared to the off-screen ones.
Set in Mumbai against the backdrop of Indian politics and elections, City of Dreams traces the journey of two siblings - Poornima and Ashish Gaikwad - and their thirst for power.
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the show features Priya Bapat, Siddharth Chandekar, Eijaz Khan, Atul Kulkarni and Sachin Pilgaonkar. Bringing together this group of talented actors, the hotstar series is a story of extreme power, corruption and deceit.
Once one starts to watch the series, binging is a must. But there are some twisting facts that will change your thoughts about the show.
First of its kind
Applause Entertainment is developing quite a number of brilliant drama series lately. The Content Studio headed by the media pioneer Sameer Nair collaborated with ace director Nagesh Kukunoor, to helm this stellar political drama set in the modern-day backdrop of Mumbai - City of Dreams in one of their earliest partnerships.
Initially a film script
Did you know, City of Dreams was initially titled 'The Affair' and was meant to be a feature film? The basic concept was to do a feature film but it was eventually converted into a series.
According to the director, when the script was originally drafted, it had two-three intersecting storylines, so it was the easiest one to use for web series because we had the option of weaving multiple storylines in a single series. Applause Entertainment recently launched the political thriller City of Dreams with Hotstar Specials.
Nagesh Kukunoor ventures into the web space with City of Dreams! This is also the first time Nagesh has shot primarily in Mumbai. Award winning Director-producer-writer Nagesh Kukunoor who is well known for his acclaimed films like Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006) and Dhanak (2016) has successfully ventured into the digital space with the political drama City of Dreams for his viewers. This is the first time he has tried to explore Mumbai through his lens. He directed every frame of the show himself and has also rejected several offers of being the showrunner for TV shows.
The perfect fit
Eijaz Khan was a perfect fit for the character over many Bollywood A listers. The police force has been an inspiration to create blockbuster movies with lead actors playing the role of cops.
Similarly, the role of Wasim Khan was scrutinized to have a Bollywood lead actor to play the role. But, Eijaz Khan happened to be the Wasim Khan Nagesh had in mind!
The opening drone sequence was shot on the same day Hillary Clinton was visiting Mumbai. With stringent rules and regulations in place for flying a drone, especially in Mumbai, shooting the opening scene posed to be a major challenge for the production team of 'City of Dreams'.
The sequence was shot at Marine Drive near the Oberoi Hotel on Saturday the 10th March 2018.
At the time of shoot, to make matters worse, Mumbai had the pleasure of witnessing American Politician and diplomat Hillary Clinton. Despite, there being heavy security and permission issues, the team managed to successfully shoot the enchanting sequence capturing the beauty of the 'City of Dreams'.