Web Series: Asur Season 2
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Riddhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka
Creator and Director: Gaurav Shukla, Oni Sen
Streaming On: Jio Cinema
Release Date: 1st June, 2023
Story: Asur Season 2 starts at the same point where its first part had ended. The search for a brain playing with mythology, philosophy, and technology in killing and washing people’s brains is shown in an almost perfect way. Asur 2 shows the story through the pain that the characters suffer, both in figurative and real sense. This time, the “Asur” Shubh uses artificial intelligence to make his plans work as he plays out the game of Kali vs. Kalki tale derived from the mythology.
Analysis: Asur’s first season was crowned successfully because of the brilliance in writing that transcended not only the genres, but even the patterns by which the narration is made. This special quality made Asur a show which was a unique experience from the other OTT content. Now continuing the same impact is very tough for the writers and creators, but they have done an impressive job in making the Asur Season 2 a riveting drama. Although it is a Crime Thriller on the surface, the show has an ample amount of drama with the inner conflicts and challenges which the team of CBI, led by Dhananjay Rajpoot and Nikhil Nair face in nabbing a demon like Shubh.
As said above, making a successful sequel to a movie or a web series is not that easy. But Asur Season 2 manages to win because of its gripping narrative. The killer and his acts do not differ much from the first part, but this time the effect and methods of him are explored. The counter-attack from the CBI team has more emotional depth in this season because of all the losses they had to suffer. Another interesting character is introduced in this season which is used as a symbol of God, but it does not end as powerful as it was introduced. The incidents and narration follow a similar path from the first part, which is the plus point of this series which also acts negative a few times. With some minor hiccups, the show holds the interest for all the eight episodes and ends with a nice Cliff Hanger.
Performances: Barun Sobti gives an honest and strong performance which makes the audience root for him more than any other character, Riddhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka and Meiyamg Chang were natural while Arshad Warsi looked simple yet powerful.
- Dual between Anant and Asur
- Too much usage of technology
- Some missing links were left behind
Verdict: Asur Season 2 impresses with its good narration and more emotional depth than the first season, but it falters in a few places because of missing attention to details. However, the series is still a gripping one from the start to end.