CITY OF DREAMS
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Rannvijay Singha, Sushant Singh, Flora Saini, Shishir Sharma, Eijaz Khan and Sachin Pilgaonkar
Streaming on: Disney Plus Hotstar
By Jyothi Venkatesh
City of Dreams season 3 is the continuation of the last instalment that saw the father-daughter duo, Poornima Gaikwad (Priya Bapat) and Amey Rao Gaikwad, aka Saheb (Atul Kulkarni), join hands after a huge political fight in season 2. The latest season begins right where the last one ended. After losing her only son in the bomb blast, Poornima while SI Wasim Khan (Eijaz Khan) succeeds in finding her in Bangkok and brings her home on Amey Rao’s orders. To the viewers’ surprise, the father-daughter duo joins hands and finally starts working together to build the Gaikwad dynasty and their party stronger than before.
Director Nagesh Kukunoor succeeds in creating a high-octane political thriller drama once again for the third time. However, just like the last part, City of Dreams season 3 also seems a little stretchy and long enough to consume the whole day. However, all said and done, I should concede that it still keeps the viewers engrossed on the screen with the edgy storytelling.
As far as the performances are concerned, the web series has superb talent, but Priya Bapat emerges as a real star with her phenomenal grasp on the depth of emotions her character as Poornima Gaekwad needs. From being sad and vulnerable as well as miserable to becoming the most powerful, Poornima’s expressions as well as her body language change according to the different situations, and the skilled and stunning actor carries it off with remarkable perfection in each frame.
Sachin Pilgaonkar also does not lag behind. Whether in front of his mentor Saheb (Atul Kulkarni) when he is at his humblest best or at home all along when he displays his streak of jealousy, the dependable actor nails his role with aplomb. And Atul Kulkarni is simply superb as the cunning as well as scheming Chief Minister, who is at war with his own daughter, who is the Chief Minister of the State.
Eijaz Khan is excellent when it comes to playing the tough cop Wasim who is out to nab the drug peddlers and it is indeed a pity that the actor is not being seen more often these days. Rannvijay Singha and Sushant Singh unfortunately fail to deliver decent performances because their roles are not at all tailormade. Flora also fails to ace her insignificant part in the series.
To sum up, all said and done, I should say that Nagesh Kukunoor succeeds in creating a high-octane political edge of the seat thriller drama yet again.