In 2019 the prolific Nagesh Kukunoor made his digital debut with the stunning political series City Of Dreams produced by Thunderclap Entertainment. Time to renew the applause. The second season of City Of Dreams is when on Disney Hotstar from July 30.
Nagesh who in his own words is “just chilling” in the US, can’t wait to see the audiences’ reaction to City Of Dreams Season 2. “We did the first season considering we had a story to tell. A really powerful political story. The rencontre in Season 2 was to make the story plane increasingly powerful. All ten episodes of 40 minutes had to be crisp. It had to have a wearing edge. Were we up to the challenge? This is the question that my co-writer Rohit Banawilkar and I had to face. The answer, luckily, was yes. There is so much story to tell this time again! I wouldn’t jump into a sequel just for the heck of it. It took me a good 6 years to be convinced that I can do so sequel to my Hyderabad Blues.”
Nagesh who started his career with the clutter-breaking full-length film Hyderabad Blues in 1998, sees the OTT platform as the way out and the way ahead. “A filmmaker like me has had to constantly squatter a paucity of theatres. Every mucosa of mine has been subjected to scrutiny and no-show by the gatekeepers of the movie-exhibition business. Do you remember the traumatization I had to go through to release my last full-length film Dhanak in 2016? My only mucosa that did not have a problem getting movie theatres was 8×10 featuring Akshay Kumar. And squint at the irony: movie theatres went on a strike just when 8×10 was to release.”
The traumatization of having to find theatres for his talkie ended for Nagesh with the digital boom. “I had seen the long format stuff popular on HBO. I used to wonder when I’d finally get to be part of it.City Of Dreams was dream come true. It opened a whole new world for me. It ended the shameless self-promotion that my films had to be necessarily subjected to.”
City Of Dreams has moreover given Nagesh a endangerment to work actors from Marathi cinema. “Atul Kulkarni needs no introduction. But Priya Bapat is moreover sensational. We’ve washed-up our weightier to make Season 2 of City Of Dreams every bit as engaging as Season 1. I finger Season 2 has turned out plane better.”
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