The newly launched OTT platfor Voot Select has hit it out of the park with its very first web series. Asur is a riveting murder mystery and the first great Indian show on a serial killer — right up there with foreign shows like Dexter, Mindhunter, Bates Motel, Mr. Mercedes, True Detective, Luther, Happy Valley, and You. This blows Sacred Games right out of the water, and we're not even emphasizing on season 2 of the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer.
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What's it about
Asur revolves around a born psychopath, who's father himself called him the reincarnation of an Asura (mythical demon), and how he goads Dhananjay Rajput (Arshad Warsi) and Nikhil Nair (Barun Sobti). two top officers of the CBI, into a cat-and-mouse game against time to put the pieces together and stop his brutal killing spree.
Embellishing Gaurav Shukla's detailed writing and Oni Sen's profound direction are Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti in two powerful, author-backed roles, which they do complete justice to. While the former hitherto renders his best performance to date (Bollywood has so underutilized this gem of an actor by slotting him specifically in comic characters), the latter sinks his teeth into the role of a lifetime. Among the rest of the cast, it's Sharib Hashmi, Anupriya Goenka and Amey Wagh who lend fantastic support, shining even in the smallest of scenes. It's also great to watch journalist-turned-actor Bhawna Munjal get her moment under the sun, which she confidently cruises through.
The technical departments, too — from the editing (Charu Takkar is on fire) to the camerawork to the BGM are all right on the money. The best aspect about Asur though is how well it mixes Hinduism with modern themes, criminal psychology and forensic science to showcase one helluva layered and deep suspense thriller.
The only two drawbacks of Asur are a.) How some portions feel a tad (and only a tad) derivative, especially to discerning viewers who've inexhaustibly consumed similar shows from around the world, and b.) Ridhi Dogra's performance in a role that though not among the lead parts, still demanded a stronger act.
Strap in and binge watch Asur ASAP. This is guaranteed to keep you glued to the edge of your seat. I'm going with 4 out of 5 stars.
4 out of 5
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