Director Oni Sen’s Asur Web Series on Voot is a deeply thought through, well researched, amazingly scripted, superbly casted Mythological Crime Thriller Series. You get the gist.
A monologue from the “Serial Killer” in Asur Web Series :
“धुत्कार, मानव समाज की प्रथम प्रतिक्रिया होती है। जब उनकी मान्यताओं पर प्रहार किया जाए। चाहे वो प्रहार उनके स्वयं के हित के ही लिए क्यों न हो। क्यूंकि सामान्य मनुष्य का सीमित ज्ञान, उसे स्वयं से परे देखने नहीं देता। फिर चाहे वह मानव जीवन हो, वास्तु क्रिया, या नए विचार। ब्रह्माण्ड में नव जीवन का सिंचन पुराने खण्डरों की राख से ही जन्म लेता है। अश्रु, रक्त, पीड़ा, निराशा – एक साधारण मनुष्य इस मार्ग पर चढ़के अजय बन सकता है। क्यूंकि विचारों की आयु, मानव जीवन से कई अधिक है। अपनी इन्द्रियों को वश में करके, जैसे ही निर्विकार होंगे, फिर कोई शत्रु या भय हानि नहीं पहुंचा सकता। यह अचार, सनातन स्थिति नयी शक्ति को जन्म देती है। मानव स्वाभाव के परिवर्तन से परे, सर्व व्यापी अनंत अंधकार परम सत्य है। क्यूंकि लगाव ही पीड़ा है, करुणा ही क्रूरता। और अंत ही प्रारम्भ”
Arshad Warsi Web Series Asur keeps the viewer guessing right till the end, unfolding in parts, the real reason behind serial murders across India. After much intrigue, critical CBI Investigation, the mystery is somewhat put in the right direction by Kesar Bhardwaj (Gaurav Arora), a Professor in Spirituality and with deep knowledge of the scriptures (Vedas, Puranas).
The seemingly disconnected, pattern lacking murders start getting connected with Hindu Mythology. The murdered ones are people who conduct righteous, philanthropic lives, achievers, all born under “Dhanishta Nakshatra”. It is eventually interpreted that the serial killer is perhaps, looking at acquiring “Ashta siddhi”, the great perfections, through murdering the perfect goodness incarnates. And challenging the Lord Vishnu to take Avtar. He is delusional into considering himself to be not just an Asur, a demon, but “Kali”, the demon incarnate.
Nikhil Nair is kidnapped by Shubh Joshi, a serial murderer with special abilities, who killed his own father as a juvenile. Nikhil is made to murder innocents to fulfill a delusional self-set mission, inspired by Shubh’s interpretation of the Puranas.
A series of episodic flashbacks reveal the connection that CBI Forensic Investigation Officers Dhananjay (Arshad Warsi) and Nikhil (Varun Sobti) have, with Shubh’s dark past. Dhananjay finally sets a trap to catch Shubh. But he succeeds and fails. How is that possible? Well, one needs to stream the Asur Voot Web Series to understand that. There is a high likelihood of a Season 2.
There are Crime Series, and then there is Asur on Voot. “Kali”, the Asur (Demon), had been in charge to ensure that in Kalyug, humans kept on doing misdeeds. In Asur Web Series, a human incarnate of “Kali”, ominously named “Shubh”, ensures that CBI Officials Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi) and Nikhil Nair (Varun Sobti) suffer, experience guilt, repent and commit wrongs.
Interpretation of the Puranas and its stoic relevance in the modern day is stark and in your face in Asur Voot Web Series. Asur’s mythological interpretation will find a connection esp. with the Hindi Heartland in India, while the modern characterization of the CBI Team investigating the case, will relate well with the Metro Audiences.
Performances of each character like Dhananjay, Nikhil, Shubh (juvenile), Lolark, Naina, and Nusrat, are extremely convincing. The mystery is unnerving and the story writing is both intricate, well-researched, and well-thought through.
A special mention of the background Music. Intriguing to the core, sincerely supporting the mystical plot of the Web Series. Asur web series all episodes can be streamed on Voot Select.
Pakaoo opines that Voot Select’s Launch with Asur is a great start and looks forward to even more interesting content.