Applause teams up with Nagesh Kukunoor for political thriller ‘City of Dreams’

MUMBAI: Applause Entertainment, helmed by entertainment veteran Sameer Nair, has roped in celebrated director Nagesh Kukunoor for a powerful political drama set in the backdrop of modern-day Mumbai. Titled, ‘City of Dreams’, the series is a gritty, violent story of power, corruption and deceit.

Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said, “I am a huge fan of big city crime-political dramas. The milieu the people and the atmospherics lend themselves to gripping and intriguing stories, which is a serialized, multi-season format, are being widely consumed by audiences across the globe. This kind of storytelling is at the centre of everything we want to build at Applause. Nagesh is known for creating stories that are avant-garde and it is a delight to have him helm this project.”

Set in the backdrop of modern-day Mumbai. 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.

The shoot is scheduled to begin on the 9 February and will be shot extensively across various locations in Mumbai. Kukunoor said, “I’ve always been excited about tackling a genre that I haven’t before and with City of Dreams I get a chance to explore Mumbai, the city known for its extremes – extreme poverty, wealth, corruption, humanity. And a web series format, while really challenging, is a great format to truly explore many characters in depth. Even though I’ve known Sameer from the days of Hyderabad Blues, we are finally collaborating and it’s been fun” says Nagesh Kukunoor.

Applause Entertainment has started building on its original content. Apart from ‘City of Dreams’, the company is also working on the multi-part series based on cross-border surgical strike in URI conducted by the Indian army. The company has acquired rights of the first chapter of Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh’s book “India’s Most Fearless: True Stories of Modern Military Heroes.

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