Bobby Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aaditi Pohankar, and Esha Gupta make up the cast of Aashram season 3.
Season 3 of Aashram was directed by Prakash Jha.
Within months of each other, the first two seasons of 'Aashram' aired. It's taken two years to get to the third season. The only thing that has changed is the ashram's name, which has been changed to 'Ek Badnaam Aashram,' making it quite clear that this ashram is managed by an evil baba and his equally wicked cronies, rather than a benign one.
So why didn't we already know this? How about that? The 'kali kartoots' of Baba Nirala (Bobby Deol) and his faithful sidekick Bhopa (Chandan Roy Sanyal) include deflowering young virgins, castrating young faithfuls in the name of'shuddhikaran' (purification), lacing ladduos with intoxicants, and meddling in the politics of the place where this very Dera Sachcha Sauda-like ashram exists. We have witnessed these evils first-hand."
By the conclusion of the second season, it was starting to seem stale. Just like the last time, we know what will happen to a young lady who shows up at the baba's durbaar with her parents for a "cure": she will end up in the same place. The shrewd old politician, still fuming about the baba's treachery, will make a U-turn. Conspiracies will spring up around the inexperienced CM and his vast constituency.
Another femme fatale joins the cast in the meanwhile. Is it possible that Esha Gupta, as the hot-shot brand manager, can help usher in a new era for Bhagwan? Even if she doesn't forget to throw in an item number, the authors seem to have forgotten that resorting to an old film method in a web series is almost never a smart idea. It's simply another example of how limited our options have gotten. Both Deol and Sanyal's parts are poorly written, and how many times can you witness their combined smirks and feel a shudder in your spine?? Even while Sanyal and Deol's smarminess worked the first time we met them, they've failed miserably in this third season to build on their strengths.
To put it another way, the most compelling character in the series is Pammi Pehelwan (Aditi Pohankar), the Dalit young lady who dreams of becoming a boxing champion and who was set to challenge the Baba's illegal wealth. The characters that formerly had a role to play are now on their own.
Director Prakash Jha's forte, caste and class sharpness, had faded by the second season of the television series. First, we were drawn in by its exploration of a world where self-proclaimed godmen exercise so much influence over our daily lives without our knowing. This time, you're looking at 10 episodes of tedium instead of twenty.