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Asur: Web Series Review

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Voot Select

4.5
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Cast: Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Ridhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka, Sharib Hashmi, Amey Wagh.
Director: Oni Sen.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Crime, Thriller.
Release Date: 2nd March 2020.
Platform: Voot
Synopsis: Set in the backdrop of the mystical city of Varanasi, Asur follows Nikhil Nair, a forensic-expert-turned-teacher, who returns to his roots at the CBI, and along with his former mentor Dhananjay Rajpoot, finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a brutal serial killer who kills in the name of his religious beliefs.  Yay!

The concepts that lay down the foundations of Asur are intriguing. We’ve had productions based around science, mythology, crime, etc. but not many have translated a combination of science and mythology into a story with the creative novelty that Asur has – by presenting it in the form of a crime thriller that manages to keep you on your tenterhooks at all times.

Asur touches upon several themes deeply rooted within Indian mythologies by delving into the different ways they can be interpreted and understood. Common perceptions of asuras (demons), devas (gods), the social structure and conflict between them, virtues and vices, justice and injustice, moral flexibilities, karma, etc. are all put under scrutiny in a way or another.

The performances are strong and credible. As a CBI official who has to face his worst fears when the past comes knocking yet continue to remain steadfast while solving the case at hand, Arshad Warsi’s portrayal of Dhananjay Rajpoot is raw and convincing. Barun Sobti, on the other hand, shines as Nikhil Nair, the leading forensic-expert-turned-teacher, who is unable to find happiness in his new life and finds himself forced to return to the CBI in Delhi in the wake of strangely connected serial killings.

The two dominant ladies, Ridhi Dogra as Nusrat, another CBI official and Nikhil’s old flame, and Anupriya Goenka as Nikhil’s wife Naina, deliver strong performances in the limited spaces provided to them. The tension evident in Naina and Nikhil’s marriage is depicted well.

The serial killer is an interesting character, sketched out as a metaphorical asur, much of it as a consequence of his father’s mistreatment, his own religious interpretations, his sense of justice, and his personal beliefs about his own destiny. His self-aggrandized persona as he labels himself Kali, the source of chaos, immorality, evil, and sin, bring you closer towards understanding his psyche, motivations, and actions. He’s not a religious fanatic killing to protect his dharma, he’s a fanatic who wants people to fall victim to adharma, sin, and violence, bringing about an apocalyptic Armageddon-style battle with his archenemy, Kalki, Vishnu’s tenth avatar.

The storyline keeps you on your tenterhooks from the get-go. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat from the first episode itself, with twists that you may not foresee. It’s dark, gruesome, and presents a fascinating blend of forensic science and mythology – though only in the sense of being creative with its murders. While it’s difficult for a common viewer to judge the veracity of the science in the show, the plot becomes intriguing as it flirts with mythological themes.

Other than science and religion, the show also touches upon love, marriage, motivations, consequences of actions, guilt, and psychology, with hints towards religion-based movements and influence of beliefs (which, we might get to see more of, in a possible future season).

“Voot Select’s Asur, starring Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti, follows two forensic experts caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who kills for his beliefs. Does it deliver on its promise to be an ‘edge-of-your-seats’ thriller? Find out in this review.”

Nay!

While the show presents its non-linear form without chaos, the storyline does get scattered as it goes ahead. It starts off on a high-note but you begin to require a greater suspension of disbelief as it moves on. The coffin trap scene is a tragically hilarious attempt at a twist, reminding us of the typical fantasy dramas on television.

Some of the decisions made by the characters cannot be chalked down to logical human thought process boundaries, neither emotionally nor rationally. The series ends up leaving a lot of questions unanswered. There’s a lot that the series merely touches upon, but does not explore.

The pace of the narrative oscillates quite frequently, as it switches from a fast-paced crime thriller, to a slow-burn inverted detective mystery, to a story that is trying to grapple at too many thematic straws, before switching back. The supporting characters, especially Ridhi Dogra’s Nusrat, deserved more depth in terms of development, story, and characterization. However, despite its pacing issues, underutilized cast, unanswered questions, and the like, it still manages to retain its position as a watchable thriller.

Bottom Line:

Strong performances and a novel, intriguing, and exciting concept make Asur a watchable thriller.

Trivia:

Bollywood actor Arshad Warsi marked his digital debut with Voot Select’s Asur.

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23 Comments

  1. Seema sobti 10th March 2020

    How it is possible dt Nusrat us not get success in making sketch of kud shubh as a mature one.
    Atleast they can show it in d end.
    How barun after came out from cell in d last forget ABT dt place.

    N many more flaws.

    Reply
    1. webfare 11th March 2020

      Well, we surely hope they’ll raise the bar with the second season (if it comes). Some questions that we all have will be answered, some though may not be. In any case, we’re excited to know what happens next!

      Reply
    2. Raju Raj 19th March 2020

      Dental cap is not that thing that comes in market and fit every one..it fits only on that particular person…nd nikhil was watching hostages live on tv without worrying… Better to watch special ops..subh have libra sign mentioned in their kundali…while dhanista nakshatra falls in makar and kumbh rashi… Many loop holes….subh have time to toxic the drink of Aditya Jalal and also cut the index finger…hats off

      Reply
  2. Seema sobti 10th March 2020

    I like d series but it will good if they have group of intelligent people n do proper discussion on script before shoot. N encourage everyone to find flaws in story to make it perfect one. Cause today people r very intelligent. Think u r watching it n then it will be easy for Ur find d loop holes

    Reply
    1. webfare 11th March 2020

      Definitely! The competition on the digital space is intensifying. There may be a lot of space for experimentation, but not so much for mistakes like plot holes. Keeping that in mind, Asur may have missed on a few areas, but definitely deserves appreciation for the novel concept that it brought to the screens.

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    2. Divya BV 13th March 2020

      I agree… So many questions left for us to answer… This ambiguity is dissapointing…to not come to a result is like… Why watch the series… The makers owe to add some closing statements… So many loop holes…

      Reply
      1. webfare 17th March 2020

        Yes, the series left us with questions, and we hope there’s a new season soon to answer them. Would love to see more of Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti!

        Reply
  3. Imdadul Haque Bokul 11th March 2020

    Love this one very much…Eagerly waiting for season 2

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    1. webfare 11th March 2020

      Us too!

      Reply
  4. Anila 11th March 2020

    Agree. Would just mention that Barun’s performance in the first 3 episodes are not convincing. His portray of the character is confusing and for me lack personality. Episode 4-5 his performance was outstanding. Haven’t watch the last 3 episodes yet.

    Grave yard scenes was illogical.

    Love the child artist. Hope the series killer will not be a disappointment – performance vice. Episode 4-5 killer was not creepy enough.

    What I love was writing, camera and the music.

    Reply
    1. webfare 11th March 2020

      Thank you for your insight. It’s always a pleasure to have the viewers’ perspective. Keep reading!

      Reply
  5. Neel Shah 12th March 2020

    perfect suspense thriller series.. what people actually want.. the music,direction,story was awesome. rightly ended the first season at point and eagerly waiting for season 2!!! the episodes 1 to 3 are creating the story and putting us in the story and the episodes 4 to 8 are outstanding!!!!!!

    Reply
    1. webfare 13th March 2020

      Yes. The story was set up in a way that kept you intrigued and hooked right from the start. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

      Reply
  6. Srk 13th March 2020

    Contain are great but some moment are very stupid example when a doctor try own Reading in MRI machine she was not put off her nose pin guys after 12 class or who had done MRI test every one know MRI prospectuses
    Change his or her dress first 2nd out all materials things his or her body
    But we are see nose pin in nose and doctor who refused american scholarship don’t know nose pin WTF

    I written only one example but I watched many stupid moments
    Because when Hollywood director and writer make movie they check their theory by doctor scientists and teachers

    Reply
    1. webfare 17th March 2020

      You have a great eye for detail! It’s good to know that the viewers are actually taking note of issues. Constructive criticism can certainly help show makers deal with minor and major issues better. Glad to have you here sharing your insight. Keep visiting!

      Reply
  7. Anil S. 13th March 2020

    An excellent series to watch. But what they did, they spoiled everything is last episode. How come such excellent guys remained unaware of Rasool? Why they shown Nikhil as brainless person? I mean last episode was full of flaws.

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    1. webfare 17th March 2020

      The last episode did get chaotic. But we agree, it made an excellent series to watch as a whole. We’re excited to know what happens next!

      Reply
  8. SAMEER 17th March 2020

    I liked the concept writing and direction very much waiting for season 2

    Reply
    1. webfare 17th March 2020

      So are we. As soon as any updates regarding the Season 2 comes, we’ll post it on our site, so stay tuned!

      Reply
  9. Sanjeev singh 21st March 2020

    Kab aayega season2 please tell me

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    1. webfare 23rd March 2020

      We’ll surely update you as soon as Voot announces a date. Keep visiting!

      Reply
  10. Abhishek Agarwal 21st March 2020

    Many flaws in the web series..

    When they mistook Kesar as Shubh and was being interrogated by DJ, Shubh was on call with Nikhil, they have build characters having more than average IQ so the conclusion lacked the minimum IQ.

    And the main antagonist looked weak in the end , Kesar would have been a better character, Rasool wasn’t convincing enough.

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    1. webfare 23rd March 2020

      We agree. The way the characters were shown throughout the series makes you question their decisions, actions, and capacities by the end.

      Reply

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