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A Tryst With The Impossible - Asambhav
Think Rajiv Rai and you visualize a stylish, pacy thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat. After an unsuccessful tryst with a love story ('Pyar, Ishq Aur Mohabbat' which sank at the B-O), Rai is back to doing what he does best.
In an industry bereft of thrillers, Rai's latest offering 'Asambhav' promises to set the adrenaline flowing. Narrated in a very modern and contemporary visual style, the film boasts of a number of unique 'firsts'.
While many films have been shot at Geneva, Zurich and the like, Asambhav has been shot at the hitherto unexplored Swiss destination, Locarno - Ticino. 55 artists and over 100 technicians worked day in and day out as the film has created a record for the longest filming schedule ever, by any Indian film unit in Switzerland. While the schedule lasted for 57 days, the cast and crew were based in Switzerland for 64 days.
A star-studded line-up is the main feature of Asambhav. While Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra have been paired opposite each other for the first time, the rest of the cast includes acclaimed actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Tom Alter, Milind Gunaji, Mohan Agashe. Mukesh Rishi, Yashpal Sharma & Jameel Ur Rehman.
Apart from the 1960's hit 'Aankhen' (Dharmendra, Mala Sinha) and 'Prem Pujari' (Dev Anand, Waheeda Rahman), there haven't been many espionage thrillers in Hindi cinema. 'Asambhav' sets out to change the trend as this espionage drama traces Captain Aadit Arya's (Arjun Rampal) efforts to rescue a high ranking Indian diplomat who has been kidnapped by a mastermind criminal. Pop singer Alisha (Priyanka Chopra) and a millionaire business man, Sam Hans (Naseeruddin Shah) are the other pivotal characters.
To lend even more style to the intriguing story, the film boasts of some great technical wizardry. It has been filmed in multi-camera setup. While most scenes have been shot with 4 cameras, the action sequences have used as many as 7 camera units. Another unique feature is that no stuntmen have been used. The action sequences have been digitally shot and 'Asambhav' is one of the first Indian films to be graded digitally on Luster - The Digital Grader.
While the interesting story and digitalized version ensure a thrilling visual treat, the music of the movie is extremely contemporary. The music, which is already rocking on the charts, has been composed by Viju Shah, who has composed for all movies of Rajiv Rai except one. As with all Viju Shah Albums, this one too has a heavy techno flavour to it. The songs have been picturised on location in Ticino and on sets in Mumbai by Remo. One of the songs 'Raatein Badi Hain', picturised on Priyanka Chopra and Naseeruddin Shah, was filmed in Vanile, which is one of the largest discotheques in Switzerland.
Rai's films have seldom been off the mark, and he boasts of being one of the few directors in Indian cinema, who specializes in action thrillers. All the more reason that 'Asambhav' is highly awaited. It's time to have a tryst with the impossible.