Web series have become an integral part of our lives, even more so in lockdown. These shows kept us entertained for these past months when we could not go out or invite someone to our houses. However, many of them were accompanied by several controversies around their plots.
Upcoming web series Aashram is the latest addition to this list. Directed by veteran filmmaker Prakash Jha, it has actor Bobby Deol in the lead. Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aaditi Pohankar, Darshan Kumaar, and Adhyayan Suman also have pivotal roles in the movie.
Plot of Aashram Web Series
The plot of the web series Aashram, whose trailer was released on Monday, looks into the life of a Hindu religious leader. Baba Nirala of Kashipur, who appears to be a self-styled Guru, has hundreds of followers. He preaches about God, life and death, just like any other religious leader.
He assures them that he would take them to the path of salvation. Thousands of people seek his blessings. “Nobody can stop our country from reaching new heights, as long as Baba Nirala exists.” his followers believe.
However, things take a turn when it is disclosed to the media that he is accused of rapes and murders. He becomes a conman from Godman.
In the trailer, it is shown how nine girls are reported missing in just three years. People are seen being thrown into jails. “We are scared that is why they suppress us”, says one of the victims.
One can see guns, the involvement of politicians, and even a human skeleton, which appeared to be the deed of Baba Nirala.
The web series reveals the dark side of the religious cults that are led by such leaders. In real life, many such names have popped up over the years from all religions.
Why Is Aashram Facing Backlash From People?
Talking about an issue as sensitive as religion, the web series was bound to receive some criticism from the audience. However, no one would have expected that people would demand its ban on social media.
People are perceiving the web series as a target to Hinduism and Hindu leaders. They have quoted examples of the previous movies that have also shown Hindu leaders in a negative light. Some of them include Kedarnath, Oh My God (OMG), and PK.
The entire Bollywood is being accused of repetitively featuring Hinduism in a negative way. Netizens believe that other religions, such as Islam and Christianity, are depicted as superior and better than Hinduism.
I believe that the web series targets the culture of blindly following religious leaders, irrespective of the religion. It is something that is prevalent in every religion. The portrayal of such issues brings people’s attention to these matters, which proves beneficial in the long run.
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