Asur (2020) Bangali Movie Reviews
The ending days of 2019 and the opening week of 2020 has already seen some of the most amazing movies and TV series. Hypes are going high and higher for Netflix series like, ‘You’ and ‘The Witcher.’
But hey, wait for a moment. The Calcutta based Tollywood isn’t far away either. Yes, it’s time to talk about one Indian Bengali film which has already received high appreciation. Tollywood, the Bengali-language based film industry, has full of diversities to replicate the real-life into the film reels. The producers are trying to improve the points of interests in their creations. Yet some of them can hardly become successful. They are choosing an actor, director, plot etc. always remain at the top of the standard value of a film. Critics of Bengali movies keep their eyes to show what should be or not. However, “Asur” is the new year’s (2020) Bengali film that has buzzed the media from 3rd January.
“Asur” is a Bengali word that stands for something or someone very much destructive. But the film has changed its meaning. Instead, it’s making people think he or she who says “no to no” and “yes to yes” is the Asur.
Jeet-Abir-Nusrat has given their best to pull out the badge of success through the first movie of the year. The unique story could have mesmerised the audience as the whole thing is “larger than life”. The audience hasn’t forgotten to show some warm wishes. Renowned director Pavel has tried to reform the meaning of the word “Asur”. But all the possibilities are nipped in the bud. Earlier, Jeet was following the same formula – copying or remaking the Southern movies. But his changing of thoughts has brought him some respects. Pavel was about to get his hattrick, but the disorganisation of the screenplay ruined everything. Abir appears fantastic in the film. Nusrat’s first film after being a member of the parliament. After all, the chances have become dull.
The story begins with an art college teacher Kigan Mundy (Jeet). He understands nothing but art and design. This artist doesn’t care what the world says about him. The messy hair, shabby dress up – he can easily get mixed up with the students to have drugs. Sometimes he comes in a half-covered dress. You will hear the verses of Sanskrit, the lines of Rabindranath from his mouth. He can draw pictures on the bathroom wall. Even he has the chance to lose his job to force rickshaw puller to act with girl student in adult films. He never put attention to these. It’s because he can’t think out of the art universe.
So, his stubbornness has kept him away from any love-relationships. Aditi (Nusrat) can’t become his lover. Kigan is everything to her from college life. There is a soulful love triangle in the story. Abir as Bodhir loves Aditi whereas she doesn’t even look at him. To forget one night of partying with boozes, Aditi holds the hand of Bodhi for a lifetime. But yet she is mad at Kigan. Divorce, son Bubai – nothing can divert her from loving Kigan. Bodhi becomes the lonely father bearing the pain of the betrayal and the responsibilities of raising his son.
Kigan makes a deal to marry Aditi. In return, she allows building Durga idol and preparing the temple of her father’s club. Kigan builds his life’s best art steadily- world’s largest idol. Bodhi silently observes how the organisation of 56 Puja festivals preparer goes off the market. He becomes jealous ofKigan’s success and admiration throughout the whole city. He challenges Kigan to damage his creation. Then Aditi’s father announces Kigan as he would be son-in-law in a party. Bodhi mocks at this announcement. The insult turns him to face stroke and becoming a physically disabled person. Aditi burst out to rage.
Eventually, Bodhi’s sabotage brings huge loss in Kigan’s Puja festival. The local administration has to forcefully close the festival due to the deadly accidents and step-on among the crowd. Fortunately, Kigan gets to know the criminal behind the accident. As a consequence, he tries to re-arrange and reopen the festival. Yet all goes in vain.
Kigan doesn’t care what Bodhi has done to him. But at the eleventh hour, he can’t control his anger. He attacks Bodhi, but two biggest surprises were waiting for him. Kigan loses to his life’s mystery. He sacrifices his life for the best friend Aditi and worst enemy Bodhi. The only thing remains untouched, his aspired idol.
This sorrowful climax becomes the matter to the thing which is the actual Asur. Aditi’s dearest beloved or someone else?
The audience would love to see the changes in the actor Jeet. The romantic, fit and healthy hero avails the character of a mad, ugly Kigan. Sometimes he shows overactive, sometimes perfect fit for the situation. But he does his best. Abir sometimes becomes inconsistent. However, his multi-characteristics such as the villain, lost lover, the thirsty husband with the massive thirst of love and after all, a responsible father makes him lively Bodhi throughout the whole film.
Nusrat remains pretty lovely and lively in playing her role. Righteously, she has captured the character Aditi well. Even her talented acting has made the audience astonished. The audience won’t forget the child character Bubai. Deshpriyo Park’s acting was marvellous. Vikram Ghosh has done his natural curation of music flawlessly. “Ami Radhar Moto Hote Chai” – is the best song of this movie.
The question is how you, as the audience is going to take this film. Undoubtedly, it’s a mixture of love, hate and revenge.