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Aashram Review (MX Player) Starring Bobby Deol As A Baba In Prakash Jha Show!

August 28th, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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Series: Aashram Review (MX Player)
Cast: Bobby Deol, Aaditi, Darshan, Chandan Sanyal, Vikram Kochhar, Tridha, Anupriya, Tushar Pandey
Writer: Prakash Jha
Director: Prakash Jha
Our Rating: 3/5
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYt65U6sCLs

Most of us who’ve been aware of what’s happening around know about the age-old ‘Ashram’ scam. This topic has been a daily-soap for most of the news channels because when they do not have a murderer to find, they start talking about them. Aashram revolves around the life of one such saint Baba Nirala (Bobby Deol).

The show begins with Pammi (Aaditi Pohankar) escaping from what seems to be a ‘safe’ place for the girls from the Aashram. The entire story then is explained in a flashback of what drove her to take this decision. We see, Pammi is a lower-cast wrestler and has been a victim of constant casteism. Baba Nirala helps her for his own good becoming a messiah just like he’s to his lacs of other devotees. Amid a whole lot of brainwashing, we see how the life of Pammi and people around her changes with the entry of Baba Nirala.

The show lasting close to nine hours does not have many things going in its favour apart from few decent performances. The show has phases where it gets better and then slows down. The ‘inside world’ of Aashram manages to fascinate for a while. It is about the people who are trapped in there. The show has the subtitles for translating the term ‘Chalakti Jawani’ to ‘Dazed and Desperate’.

The show has writers including Madhvi Bhatt, Avinash Kumar, Sanjay Masoomm, Tejpal Singh Rawat and Kuldeep Ruhil. They could not get the their characters to speak the dialogues that conveyed the storyline. Resulting in twists and turns that can be seen coming a mile away. The makers have packed 20 minutes worth of content into the 45 minutes of show episodes. The  primary reasons the show seems to across as average is also because of the potential it had. With various OTT shows released, many of them failed because they promise too much with less to deliver.

Aashram Review (MX Player) of performances include Bobby Deol – he still acts like he has walked in straight from Class Of 83 with extended beard. The show gets support from its supporting cast including very good performances by Darshan Kumaar, Vikram Kochhar and Chandan Roy Sanyal. They control their characters very well and do not drop anything despite being right in the middle of the mess. Aaditi Pohankar is exceptional in She, but here she’s struggling playing poor character writing. Makers just couldn’t get the most out of her leaving her role half-baked. The two significant ladies Tridha Choudhury and Anupriya Goenka are okay. Tushar Pandey is brilliant and remarkable, his character is the only one which gets a proper arc by the end. Adhyayan Suman is rightly named after a very famous singer as Tinka Singh because his acting style is actually ‘Tin’ Ka.

Aashram could’ve been much better, but remains an underwhelming attempt at depicting the brutal reality.

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