Prakash Jha’s digital debut is resourceful, challenging and action-packed.
Aashram is an Indian drama web television series that premieres on MX player from 28 August, 2020. The series is based on Uttar Pradesh and showcases the life of Kashipur Wale Baba (Bobby Deol) and his Aashram. It is directed and produced by Prakash Jha. The story depicts the life of Pammi (Aaditi Pohankar) who is a backward caste girl and gets help from Baba and very soon, she and her brother become bhakts of the Baba and join his Aashram. No doubt with the right amount of crime, drama, mystery, and action, the series is sure to enthrall all kinds of audiences.
Director: Prakash Jha
In Theatres: 28 August, 2020
Runtime: 40-45 min (Total 9 episodes)
Starring: Bobby Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aditi Pohankar, Darshan Kumaar, Rajeev Siddhartha, Anupriya Goenka, Tridha Choudhury, Vikram Kochhar, Tushar Pandey and Rajeev Siddhartha.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Aashram Web Series Review
The whole setup of Prakash Jha’s digital debut series Aashram is just terrific. In fact a lot of detailing has been done for constructing the Ashram and production. The story of Aashram centres on one fake godman who abuses the power of religion to rob poor people of their money and aspirations, all in the name of God. Prakash Jha is always known for highlighting infamous issues, be it be ‘Satyagraha’ emphasising on corruption or ‘Raajneeti’ exploring the politics. He has always succeeded in directing touched issues. Aashram as depicted by the director is far apart from its real meaning name and depicts what is all together opposite to this. It is a mine of criminal activities. From prostitution to flesh trade, drugs and what not everything happens here.
Prakash Jha has showcased everything in an effective manner, the way cops in UP operate, how fake Baba’s live their life, how politics is planned. The series gives minute details of the motives that drive a person to become a godman. Prakash Jha succeeded in portraying Bobby Deol as the dark character of a godman in ‘Aashram’. He runs the ‘Aashram’ successfully with his best buddy and right-hand Bhopa Bhai (Chandan Roy Sanyal).
Bobby Deol calmly slips into the role of Kashipur Wale Baba and does it with supreme ease. The role demands a lot of talking through his eyes which is performed very well. After SHE, Aaditi Pohankar gets an amazing role. Tridha Chowdary is glamorous and prolific while Tushar Pandey is effective in his role. The cop duo Darshan Kumaar and Vikaram Kochhar did a fab job. Anupriya Goenka is a pleasure to watch as a strong forensic doctor. The supporting cast including Rajeev Siddhartha and Rajeev Siddhartha does their roles supremely well. The series is written around an interesting premise and fake Baba act. The time wastage thing is when the director Prakash Jha goes way too in detail of each character. Although certain aspects of the story need a little brushing, overall Aashram comes to be a good show to watch. It’s a sure power pack and thrilling success in the bag of MX Player.
Aashram Web Series Trailer