film opens in Switzerland where the President of India is holiday.
Kinjal, his daughter, who is studying in America also joins dad for
a well deserved break.
an international terrorist, Mabros, accompanied by some Indian officials,
kidnaps them. They are held hostage in a hotel, based on a small
Aadit Arya (Arjun Rampal) is given the responsibility of rescuing
the President and his daughter. This mission is called Asambhav
(meaning the impossible).
reaching his destination, Aadit meets Sam Hans (Naseeruddin Shah)
and Brian who are involved with terrorists.
also discovers that drugs are being flown into Switzerland with
the help of Alisha (Priyanka Chopra), a pop singer.
soon learns that there is a traitor working in the Indian embassy
based in Switzerland. Who can this be? And does this solve the puzzle
behind the kidnapping?
Rai's Asambhav can be described as a slick thriller which
keeps you engrossed throughout the first half.
as the rescue mission takes shape, there are too many sub-plots,
which act as a hindrance.
that glares straight in your face is the romantic angle between
Alisha and Arya.
request to the director - we need to concentrate on the rescue mission
and not on Arya's personal love life!
the film progresses towards a finale, we get to witness once again,
the violence, blood and gore. This should have been toned down providing
more impact on the film as a whole.
said this, Asambhav does have its plus points especially
on the technical front.
cinematography is superb as locales of Locarno are captured beautifully
on celluloid. The action sequences appear slick whilst the songs,
although adding a break to the narration, are not bad to listen
Rampal adorns a 'new look' with bulging muscles, a sight which will
go down a treat with the girls! He plays his part well considering
he is the only one sent from India to rescue the President.
be fair, one would expect a large portion of the Indian army to
be on guard, if their President went missing.
then again we are talking about a Bollywood film! So certain discrepancies
must be allowed.
Chopra looks great throughout as the singer / cabaret dancer. Her
role appears to be the same as in her last action flick, The
Hero - Story Of A Spy.
the whole, if its action you are looking for, then Asambhav has
plenty to offer with Arjun Rampal displaying his fighting skills.
by Manish Gajjar
Shropshire's Mr Bollywood