Season 2 of Asur started out so thrilling, and it was the first time in so many days that we felt happy that we made a living out of reviewing films and series. This is the kind of content for which we chose this line of work, but soon enough, it became just another average day. Asur got so caught up in its hyper-technicalities that it forgot to address the essence of the story itself, which was the greater fight between good and evil and how we often get confused about what is what. But that is the reason we desperately want Season 3, to rectify the mistakes of Asur Season 2. Maybe they can just bring Devdutt Patnaik or Ashwin Sanghi on board, and the trick will be done. Here is everything we expect from Asur Season 3.
Is Kali Dead?
Shubh was not a megalomaniac scientist; he was a philosopher who used technology as a tool. He used the AI to often determine who could be a threat to his plans and worked on eliminating them. But the thing with Shubh was that he loved his showmanship. He could have quietly eliminated the people he wanted to without involving the police. In fact, at no point did he need to involve them for anything since his entire setup was such that he was already unreachable. But the point of pulling them in was to make himself and his ideologies a talking point. In some ways, it can be theorized that he wanted to start a religion of his own, one that acknowledged the evil and selfish sides of human beings. What kind of society that would be was never elaborated, which made his character a bit hollow, but the point remains that followers of Shubh called him a god. It is important to remember that Shubh’s entire ideology was based on Hindu mythology. Hinduism has numerous gods, and the supreme three, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, rule over the world.
If Shubh fancied himself the god of a new world, it must mean that he wouldn’t deem himself the only one. This is our theory, but at the end of Asur Season 2, Shubh’s own words were that his agenda was still active through others. He told the story of Kali, whose name he had taken and who believed that he could only survive and achieve his goals if he kept “shifting bodies”. It wasn’t just the AI that Shubh had programmed to take his place should anything happen to him. He must have had people in place—his successors and other like-minded individuals—who believed in chaos just as much as he did. All of Shubh’s followers became so because he had helped them get justice when established systems of law and order had failed. They were tied to him by their faith and gratitude. This is why, when the captured woman (the one who killed Ishani) was given proof that her daughter was still alive, she agreed to work with the police instead. That is the difference between followers and leaders. The follower is choosing something that suits him, while the leader is creating the exact same thing. Shubh must have created or found more people to aid him in his quest. In fact, we believe that considering the philosopher he was, he may have thought that the quest was bigger than even him, so there might be something in place to take over. Also, Shubh’s mission was to bring in the “Kaliyuga,” and that couldn’t have been limited to one country. He must have been operating at an international level, and that certifiably means that there are others like him across the world. It even hints at there being a secret society of sorts, something like an evil Illuminati or Freemason society.
There is another angle to it. When Shubh was telling Nikhil the story, he mentioned the generals of Kali: Koka and Vikoka. The purpose of bringing them up couldn’t have been just to say that they were dead. What if Shubh is saying that he is one of them? What if he is the general of the real Kali, who is still pulling the strings from behind the scenes and has not yet emerged? Asur Season 3 might give us more clarity on this since, in the original Hindu mythology, it was Kalki who killed Koka and Vikoka. But that means that there is a Kalki. Shubh had come out to attack Anant because he did not like the diversion from his agenda that a supposed hoax was getting. What convinced Shubh that he was a fake? Has Shubh already found the real Kalki?
What Will Happen To Nusrat, Nikhil, And Dhananjay?
This was for Shubh, but Seasons 1 and 2 of Asur have also raised some very pertinent questions about the other characters. There is Nusrat, whose past we finally came to know in Season 2. She has had to make terrible choices for the sake of her family, specifically her sister. The dilemma she has constantly faced is that she wants to differentiate herself from Shubh but is unable to do that in light of what she has done. A third season might either see her go completely over to the dark side or give her some form of redemption, something that would give her a reason to smile at herself without being crushed by the guilt of her actions.
As for Nikhil and Naina, they had already gone their separate ways at the end of Asur Season 2. Nikhil was an idealistic person, whereas Naina did not mind being selfish once in a while. This difference is representative of “Gods and Humans”. Nikhil is not just the smartest man in the group; he also has some mythological significance that is yet to be discovered. His character sets off well against Nusrat, who wants to be a good person, but circumstances force her to be otherwise. We don’t think that these two will walk down a romantic path, but there could be an unexpected clash between them.
As for Dhananjay Rajput, was it just us who sensed some tension between him and Barkha Bisht’s character? Either way, she seems to have something to do with Shubh and his actions in the present day. When Dhananjay went to her house, she wasn’t there anymore. In fact, when he first met her, he saw a number of books, which indicated that she might know a lot more than she was letting on. It is possible that Dhananjay has a trap in place for her already, the same way he baited Shubh by showing Anant as Kalki.
The story of Asur is far from over. Honestly, we don’t care if we have to wait for six years this time because this is an idea that deserves a far better storyline than how technical AI can get. It is not an investigative engineering class but the story of a deranged serial killer whose trauma derives from Indian mythology. We hope justice is done next time around, in Asur Season 3.