MX Player released the trailer of Prakash Jha’s web series ‘Aashram’ in which Bobby Deol is making his web-debut on 17th August. The trailer revolves around the life of a Hindu ‘Baba’ (played by Bobby Deol) who has gained popularity quickly. He promises “moksha” to everyone and asks his followers to get rid of any worldly things that may be binding them to the world like money, property etc. It can be seen in the trailer that his followers join his Ashram after donating all their belongings to him.
In the trailer, it can be seen that the Baba has a hidden bunker in his Ashram, where he keeps young women in jail type structures. The police had found several bodies of young women in the area, and the story seems to progress to show the Godman as a conman. The scenes seem to portray that the Ashram has something to do with the sudden and mysterious disappearances of young women in the area.
After release of ‘Aashram’ trailer, netizens were outraged and started tweeing with hashtag #BanAashramWebSeries to demand ban on another Hinduphobic web series on MX Player. Many users also questioned MX Player and Makers of the series whether they would dare to depict some Christian padri or Muslim Maulvi in such manner. The hashtag became topic of interest of many and became one of the top 10 national trends on Twitter. It was on 4th spot for few hours. More than 30,000 tweets were tweeted with the said hashtag.
Here are some of the tweets from the trend :
Where is Constitutional Justice & Equality ?
Govt Bans – Muhammad the Messenger of God
Allows – PK, Ashram .
…Why no care for Majority Hindus sentiments ??#BanAashramWebSeries @_dharam_vir @RitaG74 @VikasSaraswat pic.twitter.com/oyKvmor9yJ
— 🚩 Ramesh Shinde 🇮🇳 (@Ramesh_hjs) August 19, 2020
One More Web Series Is Launch To Hurting Hindu Faith.
Every Other Week One Web Series Or Movie Releases With A Hinduphobic Theme.
Why Not Make A Web Series On Madarasa And Maulvi?#BanAashramWebSeries
— प्रशासक समिति (OFFICIAL) (@prashasksamiti) August 19, 2020
Ashram is a very sacred word.
The Ashram system has made an invaluable contribution to the upliftment of India.
Ashram webseries is being released on 28th Aug through MX Player OTT platform.
This webseries is a conspiracy to defame Hindu Dharma
— Chetan Rajhans © (@1chetanrajhans) August 19, 2020
बाबा, लडकियां, बलात्कार और हत्या : प्रकाश झा के ‘आश्रम’ वेब सीरिज द्वारा हिन्दुओं को बदनाम करने का षड्यंत्र
— HinduJagrutiOrg (@HinduJagrutiOrg) August 19, 2020
Let’s make a webseries on Nun rape cases? – That’s against secularism
How about children raped in Madrasas? – It will hurt sentiments of Muslims
— Prathamesh Mutkure (@Prathamesh_M009) August 19, 2020
🔱 Bollywoody Hinduphobia won't stop. The controversy over Mahesh Bhatt's Sadak-2 was not yet over, that the trailer of @prakashjha27 new series 'Ashram' has come out.
🔱 This Web Series Defame again only Hindu Sadhus
— 🔅 कृष्णसखा 🔅 (@Ishwari_Rajya) August 19, 2020
Agenda 1 : Portray Guru has a Criminal
👉 Sacred Games
👉 Sadak 2
Agenda 2 : Defame our God
Agenda 3 : Portray Hindus as Extremist
Need strict action against all this pic.twitter.com/QLXBJC0b02
— akgupta (@akg1201) August 19, 2020
#Aashramwebseries is a fictional story, defaming Ashram system of Hinduism.
If "Muhammad:The Messenger of God" film gets banned before release bcoz it hurted muslims feelings, then we also demand @mib_india to think of Hindus emotions & stop this release!#BanAashramWebSeries pic.twitter.com/ur31yDRSuO
— Sunil Ghanwat (@SG_HJS) August 19, 2020
Many users also uninstalled MX Player app from their smartphones and appealed others to do so.
👉Saving our Cultre
👉Saving Our New Generation
👉Saving our National wealth
— 🚩Shambhu 🇮🇳 © (@Shambhu_HJS) August 19, 2020