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City of Dreams | Disney+ Hotstar | Season 1 & 2 Review

Reviewed By: Namita Tribhuwan

Mayanagari, popularly called City of Dreams is a spellbinding story with political and underworld twists and turns on Disney+ Hotstar. Well, if you want an Indian web series with some thriller and revenge then this is a must watch.

Suffice to say that this is a very ‘edge of the seat’ political thriller. The 1st season ended nicely at the cusp, raising the viewer’s expectations alive for the 2nd season. It is a well written script from every angle. There are twists and turns in every episode that make it binge worthy on a lazy weekend afternoon.

Praiya Bapat Packs A Punch With Her Breathtaking Performance in City of Dreams
Praiya Bapat Packs A Punch With Her Breathtaking Performance in City of Dreams

My Thoughts on City of Dreams Season 1 & 2

Season 1 starts off as a regular big city politics underworld nexus, but Season 2 soon evolves into exploring emotions.

Season 1 gives us the dirt on each of its characters, keeping it close to basic humanity of every single one of them. It opened with a murder attempt on one of Mumbai’s most powerful politicians, Ameya Rao Gaikwad played by the brilliant seasoned actor Atul Kulkarni. It is a season of brutal political fight between a brother and sister that ended with the murder of Ashish Gaikwad (Siddhart Chandekar), and the subsequent appointment of Poornima Gaikwad (Priya Bapat) as the interim Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra.

Season 2 is even bigger, unmerciful, and familial political tussle than before. Here the father-daughter duo Amey Rao Gaikwad and Poornima Gaikwad are willing to cross any line to rise above the other.

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The Crux of This Web Series

City of Dreams is a show that covers a woman’s revolt against her femininity, a twisted family where trust comes after betrayal, patriarchal conceits of the society. The web series is about a woman (Poornima Gaikwad) realizing her inner voice and then fighting for power in this men dominating world.  It is a story of a close-knit political family that falls apart due to conventional thinking.

All the lead actors are from the Marathi film industry but have blended so well into their characters that it’s difficult to say who was the best. Every character is important in the show. Eijaz Khan as Wasim Khan wins the heart. Priya Bapat is fantastic as she brings life to her role in both the seasons.

Eijaz Khan as Wasim Khan Wins The Heart With His Pyrotechnics in This Web Series
Eijaz Khan as Wasim Khan Wins The Heart With His Pyrotechnics in This Web Series

Both the seasons are not long and dragging like most of the contemporary web series on any OTT platforms nowadays. Hat’s off to Mr. Nagesh Kukunoor and his team who created this wonderful web series that is perfectly timed and worth every scene.

Eagerly waiting for Season 3…

City of Dreams is a game of chess called Politics played by a father daughter duo Amey Rao Gaikwad and Poornima Gaikwad. And it is going to win your hearts.


The World of Movies Rating: 9/10


Title: City of Dreams

Hindi Title: Mayanagari

Year of Release: 2019

Created & Written by: Nagesh Kukunoor, Rohit Banawlikar

City of Dreams Cast: Priya Bapat as Poornima Rao Gaikwad, Siddharth Chandekar as Ashish Rao Gaikwad, Eijaz Khan as Wasim Khan, Atul Kulkarni as Amey Rao Gaikwad, Sushant Singh.

Genre: Drama, Web Series, TV Series, Political Thriller

Number of Seasons: 02

Number of Episodes: 20

Episode Length: 38-54 minutes each

Original Network: Disney+ Hotstar

Production Companies: Applause Entertainment Ltd., Kukunoor Movies

Distributor: Hotstar

*Images created from screenshots captured from the series.

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