Bobby Deol Starrer web series Aashram released on MX Player a few days ago and has been receiving a positive response from its viewers. The gripping nine-part series has been produced and directed by Prakash Jha and stars Bobby Deol, Aaditi Pohankar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Darshan Kumaar, Anupriya Goenka, Adhyayan Suman, Tridha Choudhury, Vikram Kochhar, Tushar Pandey, Sachin Shroff, Anuritta K Jha, Rajeev Siddhartha, Parinitaa Seth in pivotal roles.
The series mainly centers around the fictional Baba Nirala, played by Bobby Deol. Aashram juggles with parallel plotlines and sheds light on multiple social issues such as the trade of faith for power, a political nexus, exploitation of women among others.
While Baba Nirala’s character is a fictional one, the series certainly mirrors the realities of certain real-life cases and comes quite close to capturing the truth on the ground. The series tackles several harsh realities, and its parallel story tracks ensured we were glued to our screens. Baba Nirala, considered the messiah of the common man, has dark secrets. The series touches upon a political nexus that combines together the influence of a Godman- in this case, Baba Nirala- and the power of politics. Hukum Singh is among the big industrialists and major politicians of this city, and in the desperation of regaining his ground in mainstream politics, he goes on to join hands with Baba to cash his popularity in upcoming elections.
Ujagar Singh (Darshan Kumar) is the only force that stands in the way of the Aashram and Baba’s lesser known truth. He is a bitter and cynical inspector at the Kashipur police station who has lost his faith in the justice system. A big change-over comes in his life when he meets Dr Natasha (Anupriya Goenka) - a righteous post mortem specialist while investigating a skeleton case. Besides this, it is refreshing to see some strong female characters depicted in the show such as Pammi, (Aaditi Pohankar) - a headstrong, goal-oriented young girl who isn’t afraid to dream big despite the limitations imposed by society and Babita (Tridha Choudhury) who comes from a background of being a sex-worker. She’s married to Satti (Tushar Pandey) who is also eventually drawn into the blind faith of the Aashram. Her dreams of being a happily married woman are shattered when she learns that Satti was castrated at the behest of Babaji.
The series has not only raised awareness about the pitfalls of blind faith but is also becoming a big point of discussion about several serious social issues that come close to capturing the reality of many such cases of Godmen that we read about daily.
The series is binge-worthy, and one you just can’t miss! Check out the first episode of Aashram here. ALSO READ: Aashram Review: Bobby Deol Starrer MX Original Series About The Ungodly Godman Is Engaging And Will Leave You With Lots To Think About
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