Aashram Season 2 Review, Cast and Trailer HD

Aashram Season 2 Review

STORY: The second instalment picks up from where its debut season had left off, with Baba getting nastier by the day and politicians getting greedier by the night. Also, a few of his victims have snapped out of their wallowing phases and are now laser-focused on revenge. Is it the end of an era or just the beginning of a new one?

REVIEW: In Kashipur (Uttar Pradesh), Baba Nirala Ji Maharaj aka Baba Kashipur Wale’s (Bobby Deol) reign of terror continues and, in fact, gets grimmer than ever. With Baba’s hand over his head, there’s obviously no stopping Bhopa (Chandan Roy Sanyal) either. Babita (Tridha Choudhury) is a changed woman now, and Pammi’s (Aditi Pohankar) life has completely changed. On the other hand, characters that remained silent throughout season one – like Sanobar and Kavita – are now mustering up the courage to vocalise their back stories. Ujagar Singh’s (Darshan Kumaar) on a mission, spearheaded by Dr. Natasha Kataria (Anupriya Goenka), and Akki (Rajeev Siddhartha) is not the one to bog down. The part two of this crime-drama sheds light on two aspects of Baba’s many organised crimes: sexual exploitation and drugs fostering.

Unlike its maiden instalment – where a plethora of social evils were being juggled simultaneously– in the latest offering, Prakash Jha focuses on two glaring issues: both alarming and urgent, detailed and impactful. While the tonality remains more or less the same – Baba wreaking havoc in his usual calm demeanour — with droopy eyes and arched eyebrows — Bhopa instilling fear with his sharp tongue and the duo’s ‘chamchaas’ abusing one and all. However, this time around, the deviation lies in its execution: the pace, slow, and the undertones, vividly explained. Set at 30 to 35 minutes each, all the nine episodes of ‘Aashram 2’ are much tighter than its predecessors although the story moves rather leisurely.

Writers Madhvi Bhatt, Avinash Kumar, Sanjay Masoomm, Kuldeep Ruhil have inculcated the sub-theme of love in some of these beaten and dejected characters’ lives and interestingly, Baba shows signs of harbouring emotions in his heart, too – though twisted. Characters like Sanobar (Preeti Sood) and Kavita (Anurita Jha) undergo an ocean of change in their personalities and the intrigue around them diminishes as they get their closures in the form of confrontations. Even before Baba declares, “Yeh chudail hain, sabko kha jayegi,” we kind of know his ‘vinaash’ is just round the corner but, thanks to some clever writing, with so many planners and plotters, we could not predict who is exacting revenge and how.

The theme of systematic abuse of women and the tactics administered to prevent them from speaking up is one that needs to reach far and wide, and Jha, with his gang of writers, leave no stone unturned to drive this point home. The smaller characters could have done away with the melodrama but, then again, there’s no mellow way of portraying a drug addict or a religious fanatic.

Bobby Deol is still in his top-notch form and holds on to the spell he had cast in season one – both literally and figuratively. Chandan Roy Sanyal turns out to be the henchman no sane person would want to cross paths with. The women brigade – comprising Aditi Pohankar, Tridha Choudhury, Anurita Jha, Preeti Sood and Anupriya Goenka – render stellar performances, especially the breakdown scenes of Aaditi’s and Tridha’s face-offs. Goenka’s Niharika takes a backseat in terms of pushing the narrative forward but is nonetheless a key player in bringing the culprits down. Darshan Kumaar is an out-and-out undercover junkie and his hunger for justice is palpable, and Rajeev Siddhartha is seething for he has been wronged; the actor is his finer self in season two. Adhyaman Suman, on the other hand, is a troubled rockstar on a collaborative tour with Baba; because of all the screaming and jumping around he does, we do not really get to see much of Suman as an actor.

A special mention to Chandan Kowli for an excellent work behind the camera and giving the series the royalty feels. Likewise, kudos to production designer Udai Prakash Singh for erecting a set straight out of a period drama without making the visuals overbearing for its viewers. One scene in particular comes to mind, where the megalomaniac of a Godman, Baba ji, goes to a ghat for an event – the lake is beautifully lit with diyas all over its water body, with garlands adorning its bricks and walls, when Deol turns around and says, “Japnaam japnaam…” That portion was shot so wonderfully that it’s etched in our minds. Inder Bawra, Sunny Bawra and Advait Nemlekar’s background score is blending but too dramatic on several occasions.

‘Aashram 2’ is rage, revenge and redemption, but most importantly, it internalises the saying that silence is never the answer. In conclusion, we would like to say that yes, the second part of this cult-centred drama doesn’t have anything new to offer in terms of plot progression but it was refreshing to see these battered souls deriving peace one way or the other. And, just to that, we say, ‘Japnaam!’

GenreCrime drama
Screenplay byKuldeep Ruhil, Tejpal Singh Rawat, Avinash Kumar, Madhvi Bhatt
Story byHabib Faisal
Directed byPrakash Jha
StarringBobby Deol
Voices ofSanjay Masoom
Composer(s)Advait Nemlekar
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (season 1&2)
Producer(s)Prakash Jha
Production location(s)India
CinematographyChandan Kowli
Editor(s)Santosh Mandal
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)Prakash Jha Productions
DistributorMX Player
Original networkMX Player
Picture formatHDTV
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release28 August 2020

Aashram Web Series Cast

  • Bobby Deol as Kashipur Waale Baba Nirala / Monty
  • Chandan Roy Sanyal as Bhopa Bhai / Bhopa Swami / Bhupendra Singh
  • Aaditi Pohankar as Parminder aka Pammi
  • Tushar Pandey as Satti
  • Darshan Kumar as SI Ujagar Singh
  • Anupriya Goenka as Dr. Natasha
  • Tridha Choudhury as Babita
  • Vikram Kochhar as Sadhu Sharma
  • Anil Rastogi as CM Sundar Lal
  • Sachin Shroff as Hukum Singh
  • Anurita Jha as Kavita
  • Rajeev Siddhartha as Akki
  • Jahangir Khan as Michael Rathi
  • Kanupriya Gupta as Mohini/ Sohini
  • Adhyayan Suman as Tinka Singh
  • Tanmay Ranjan as Dilawar
  • Vikram Katyal as Himanshu, Kavita’s Brother
  • Keshav Pandit as Kavita’s Father
  • Mala Sinha as Kavita’s Mother
  • Rupesh Kumar as Nonny, Pammi’s Cousin
  • Dimpy Mishra as Warden of Girls Hostel
  • Sandeep Yaadav as Bagga, PA of Hukum Singh
  • Navdeep Tomar as Sunny, an Aashram Goon
  • Mirza Ajhar Beg as Gabha, an Aashram Goon
  • Siddharth Srivastav as Jhonny, an Aashram Goon
  • Nawal Shukla as Gurusharan, Pammi’s Father
  • Puneeta Awasthy as Navjot, Pammi’s Mother
  • Akash Jaiswal as Vishal Singh, Pammi’s Best Friend
  • Agraj Panday as Iqbal Kureshi, Pammi’s Coach
  • Anand Prakash Sharma as Gurubaksh, Nonny’s Father
  • Simmi Bhatia as Kuljot, Nonny’s Mother
  • Amit Sinha as IG DP Sharma
  • Amit Sahu as Haricharan Das, a Police officer
  • Ikram Khan as Samandar Singh, Bada Mohalla Head
  • Ajay Singh as Sumit Kaushik, CM’s PA and Brother-in-law
  • Tulika Banerjee as Baba’s Wife
  • Akhilesh Tripathi and Jigesh as Baba’s sons
  • Pradeep Kukreja as Baba Mansukh, Baba Nirala’s Guru And Aashram Predecessor
  • Uday Veer Singh Yadav as Ishwar Nath, Snober’s Father and Baba Mansukh’s close person
  • Aakash Pandey as Rohtas, a lower cast sewadar
  • Varun Tamta as Vikrant Punia, NCB Officer who busts Tinka
  • Midhat Ullah Khan as Malang, an old sewadar at Aashram
  • Subrato Roy as Goyal, Aashram Head Administrator
  • Manish Mishra as Yogesh Rehghar who is a transgender
  • Preeti Singh as Sangeeta Wrestler
  • Akanksha Pandey as Renu, an Aashram Wrestler
  • Parinitaa Seth as Sadhvi Mata
  • Preeti Sood as Sanober
  • Arun Trivedi as Harbhajan Singh, Bada Mohalla Resident
  • Adarsh Pandey as a member of Bada Mohalla.
  • Jaimin Panchal as a member of Bada Mohalla

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