India, Aug. 28 -- AashramDirector - Prakash JhaCast - Bobby Deol, Aaditi Pohankar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Darshan Kumaar, Anupriya Goenka

Aashram, on MX Player, is as inconsistent as Bobby Deol's accent. While the actor struggles to shrug off his urbane aura, the series - about one of those dhongi babas that you read about in the news - never fully lives up to the potential of its premise. It isn't as lurid as it should have been, but that doesn't stop it from being absolutely ludicrous.

Aashram begins with a disclaimer nearly as long as this review. It's unlike any I've ever seen - not simply plain text against a plainer background, but positively festooned with excesses, like Baba Nirala himself. Played by a buff Bobby Deol, the benevole...