Kigan, an eccentric but extremely talented sculptor, goes about creating the tallest Durga idol in Kolkata for the Deshabondhu Park Puja. In the film, too, his creation attracts millions of visitors and umpteen awards, but ends with a stampede at the venue. But a twist. The Stampede is here to share a plan to break Kigan and the creation he considers his biggest gift to mankind. This drama shows that even the best of us are slaves of circumstances, which can turn us into asurs (demons) anytime.
The story by Pavel is, of course, the hero in this film, where all the lead characters are sway between various shades of gray.According to the director, it is a tribute to the sculptor Ramkinkar Baij.Lead actors, especially Jeet and Abir. Everyone plays their part quit convincingly and emote right, while riding on the shoulders of a strong storyline and script.
As for flaws, there are a few. For example, Kigan momentarily turns into Jeet, the action hero, when attacked by a few goons. That profile really fits the bill. He is a sculptor too high on alcohol most of the time and too indifferent about hygiene and fitness to beat the agility or training of the living daylights out of quite a few goons. Then again, no character has a back story. Although we feel a lack of it through most of the film, one wonders why only Aditi is a living parent and why Kigan keeps seeing his imaginary muse (played by Rajnandini Paul).
Aside from all this, Asur is surely a film worth watching - if not for anything else, for the performances by Jeet, Abir, Nusrat and others, and of course, the love-hate relationship of the trio.