Web Series Review | City of Dreams Season 2: An ambitious follow up

City of Dreams Season 2 is not just a political drama and a war of supremacy within a family, it's more of a survival crisis!

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City of Dreams Season 2 (COD 2) review is here. The Indian political drama thriller is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. City of Dreams Season 2 stars Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Eijaz Khan and Sushant Singh in pivotal roles. City of Dreams Season 2 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

City of Dreams Season 2 Web Series Review

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The fearless Poornima’s (Priya Bapat) fight against patriarchy continues as she locks horns with her father the stalwart Amey Rao Gaikwad aka Saheb (Atul Kulkarni) to gain control over her position as the new young Chief Minister of the beautiful and ugly Mayanagri.

With father, the iconic Saheb paralyzed, it seems to be a cakewalk for Poornima but the control of the mystical Mayanagri is not that easy. The wounded tiger Saheb has turned into a cunning fox secretly planning something explosive while Poornima gets haunted by her dead brother Ashish (Siddharth Chandekar) appearing at crucial times to remind her of her guilt.

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Poornima is projecting herself as the picture of change and Saheb’s loyal shayar – the former CM Jagdish Gurav (Sachin Pilgaonkar), encounter specialist Wasim Khan (Eijaz Khan) now trying his new innings as an MLA fighting the upcoming election are at her side.

Will the determined but less shrewd and experienced Poornima win over the sharp and cunning roadblocks planned by Saheb and her past which can threaten her position and prospects in the forthcoming elections.

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COD 2 is definitely more ambitious than the previous one. It’s not just a political drama and a war of supremacy within a family, it’s more of a survival crisis nicely folded under a political thriller envelope and marked as a cry for equality addressed to all.

Love, faith, faith, range, betrayal, crime, sin, redemption Nagesh Kukunoor tries to capture all these multiple human emotions in this ten episode series and occasionally sprinkles it with some sly/parody kind of humour as well.

Opening with a Shakespear-ish ode where Poornima gets haunted by her dead brother Ashish during a press conference, Nagesh succeeds in delivering an engaging drama with multiple stories and sub plots. Though in the middle COD 2 gets repetitive and a bit predictable as well. However, the culmination sees a surprising twist that shakes you and performs that satisfactory sweep.

The actors give their best where Priya leads with a graceful, compose portrayal nuanced by required subtlety. Atul Kulkarni is terrific once again and more mean and dangerous. His body language is just brilliant. Eijaz as Wasim is outstanding.

Addinath Kothare as the idealist political leader is brilliant. Sushant Singh as the merciless Anna is intensity redefined. Last but not the least, Sachin Pilgaonkar as the veteran Jagdish Gurav is a treat and a guide on effortlessly natural acting.

Final Words

Wachun jhale ani season 1 avadle tar baghun gya season 2 (rough translation – finished reading and if you have loved season 1 then do watch this ambitious follow up of City of Dreams – City of Dreams Season 2)

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