Aashram is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language crime drama web series directed by Prakash Jha for MX Player original. It is produced by Prakash Jha under Prakash Jha Productions. The series stars Bobby Deol along with Aaditi Pohankar, Darshan Kumar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Anupriya Goenka, Adhyayan Suman, Vikram Kochhar, Tridha Choudhury, Tushar Pandey, Rajeev Siddhartha, Sachin Shroff, Tanmaay Ranjan, Anurita Jha, Parinitaa Seth, Jahangir Khan, Kanupriya Gupta, Preeti Sood and Navdeep Tomar in key roles. It is written by Madhvi Bhatt, Avinash Kumar, Sanjay Masoomm, Tejpal Singh Rawat and Kuldeep Ruhil. It was made available for streaming on OTT platform MX Player for free from 28 August 2020.
|Screenplay by||Kuldeep Ruhil, Tejpal Singh Rawat, Avinash Kumar, Madhvi Bhatt|
|Story by||Habib Faisal|
|Directed by||Prakash Jha|
|Voices of||Sanjay Masoom|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (Part 1)|
|Production company(s)||Prakash Jha Productions|
|Original network||MX Player|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||28 August 2020|
The story revolves around a Baba (preacher) known as 'Baba Nirala.' Whose followers have blind faith in him and will do anything that he asks of them. But it is for sure that this Baba Nirala is a conman, who makes sure that his devotees leave behind all kinds of 'moh-maya' and stay attached to the Aashram for life.
Meanwhile, Darshan Kumaar, the actor seen in Mary Kom (film) and NH10 (film) before, is a cop in this series. Furthermore, he is adamant about unraveling the truth behind the skeletons and dead bodies recovered from the Asharam's property. It seems to be a murder mystery.
Every episode unfolds a mystery that revolves around the Baba Nirala. Whether the cop will find evidence and prove anything is left for the Part II of 'Aashram' season 1, which they announced very subtly as the show ends.
- 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
- 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
- Tanmaay Ranjana as Dilawar
- 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
Marketing and releaseEdit
- "MX Player drops the trailer of 'Aashram'". National Herald.
- "Bobby Deol's Aashram, The Gone Game, Malayalam flick Veyil: Trailers released this week - Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 18 August 2020.
- "'Aashram' trailer unveiled: Bobby Deol-Prakash Jha shed light on politics in spiritual world". DNA India. 17 August 2020.
- Desk, India com Entertainment (17 August 2020). "Aashram Trailer: Bobby Deol Steps Into The Digital World as Spiritual Leader in Prakash Jha's New Series". India News, Breaking News, Entertainment News | India.com.
- "Aashram Trailer: Bobby Deol blends into a new character in a show that questions its morality". mid-day. 17 August 2020.
- "Watch | Bobby Deol's 'Aashram' trailer out now". 17 August 2020.
- "Aashram trailer: Bobby Deol plays a spiritual leader who veers between 'aastha' and 'apraadh' in Prakash Jha's new series". Hindustan Times. 17 August 2020.
- "The trailer of Prakash Jha's Aashram starring Bobby Deol looks promising". www.indulgexpress.com.