" The authenticity, brilliantly connected events, well-executed murders and the toll maintained by the devil, the properly detailed and unique autopsies, everything just crumbles down suddenly because of a foolish deviation named ' Instinct .' "
Director: Oni Sen
Asur, a psychological drama is very intriguing and well crafted in the initial episodes. Unfortunately, falls off the track towards the end and eventually derails from being a great journey of mythology, murder and mystery.
Nikhil (Barun Sobti), a former forensic expert of CBI is struggling between what he wants and what's best for his family. He is teaching forensics in the USA but his mind is with the dead bodies lying in different parts of India whose coordinates are only being sent to him in a text message. He has no other choice so he takes up the job of CBI even if he has to still work under Dhananjay Rajput (Arshad Warsi). The same guy because of whom he left CBI, ten years ago. Random serial killings are taking place and no one is able to find a single clue or a pattern between them. Dhananjay 's wife gets murdered and he becomes the suspect.
The show has a lot of good points like the mix of murder and mythology. The gruesome and new techniques of killing, the horrifying dead bodies very similar to the season one of True Detective, the thrill of finding dead bodies and possibly alive people, the mix of "chemistry" in the murders. Also, the hallucinations of Nikhil while he is in the confinement his struggle when he is unable to get cigarettes are very well crafted and acted. In fact, the whole characterization of Nikhil is enough to make you watch the whole show and Barun Sobti plays it amazingly, you always get that he is broken, he is lost. " Tum yaha ho kar bhi yaha nahi ho, tum kahi aur khoye hue ho . " is a constant line thrown by everyone around him and the actor really makes you feel that by his acting. Points written by Dhananjay in the walls of jail look like a summary of the intricate details of the killer made by a child, not by a CBI officer who is trying to connect dots to find the killer.
Everything about the show is so well-thought and constructed before the last two episodes. Frankly, I would have loved the show if the hunt of ' devil' extended till the very end but after episode five, the show hurries up to reach the end and the suspense started looking predictable. The authenticity, brilliantly connected events, well-executed murders and the toll maintained by the devil, the properly detailed and unique autopsies, everything just crumbles down suddenly because of a foolish deviation named ' Instinct .' Instincts are a silly turn the crime /drama plots usually take to explain the inexplicable and this just reflects the ineffective writing of the show. Logic is often shadowed by mythology but that is still gullible in its own ways and would have even worked effectively if the ending segment was well executed.
The childhood life of the so-called ' devil' is shown in the initial few moments of every episode to give a feeling of how the past will connect to the present. Recently released and highly popular, The Witcher which overused the same method of linking the past and the present. This method is really effective but also has a con that if it is overused then it makes the viewers fed up in trying to find the connection of the events. Arshad's acting was up to the mark but not very remarkable. The dark tone, the brilliant cinematography increases the quality of the show. The concept, dialogues everything was so well written but everything crumbled down as it did with the end of Game of Thrones.
Overall, Asur started very well but ended badly. It deserves a watch if you can overlook a flawed and rushed ending.
FINAL VERDICT - 3 / 5.
A must-watch till episode five.