Players Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:40.3570000 IST


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DHOOM, DHOOM-2, RACE....and now PLAYERS! Hi-octane thriller, hot 'n' happening star-cast, riveting 'whodunit' plot packed with international action packed SFX and VFX effects with stylish music to relish... a new recipe of entertainment is about to catered to audiences through PLAYERS.

Abbas-Mustan, craftsmen in genre of enthralling action-packed thrillers deliver out their most grandiloquent extravaganza this time, with a brigade of hot bankable star-cast. Pritam, a consistent campaigner and also a name associated with Bollywood's most stylishly packed action entertainers (DHOOM, DHOOM 2 and RACE), composes for this album. In the musical department, there is loads of experimentation in store with Ashish Pandit, a promising lyricist, delivering out the needful with an array of promising and upcoming singers. Will PLAYERS be another 'Dhoom-dhadaka' and another 'Race-y' affair from the very talented Pritam? Let's check out...

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Techno grooves of multifaceted electronically tuned rhythms takes centre-spread of musical happenings as now Pritam rejuvenates the pulsating thump of 'Race Sansoon Ki' (RACE) in the album's introductory track 'Jis Jagah Pe Khatam'. Uber-cool in funky electronica synth beat signature tune, this trendy disco-beat number has intimidating '007 Bond-ish' caricatured feel with a bizarre set of modern instrumentals, connecting sporadically well with the scheming plot and shady characters of the film. Neeraj Sridhar's invigorating voice in higher octaves catches attention and mixes well with the infectiously loud upbeat arrangements. Mauli Dave's sizzling voice raises the barometer of glam-quotient and gets the vivid support of Siddarth Basrur's cheerful back-up vocals. Ashish Pandit's lyrics are moreover narrative gestures of the lead characters and echoes out the nerve-racking and thrilling action-packed feel of the flick. It's hot-headed 'club-remix' raises the bar of floor-dancing entertainment and adds bountiful beat-juggles, DJ spins and scratches in this fun-loving listening fare. Like many of the recently heard successful remixes, this one too promises a spectacular video feature for all eventful happenings of the flick and should be an affable promotional commodity for this stylishly packed action potboiler. Chartbuster!!!

Fully enriched with Spanish tango and Italian salsa seductive 'swirling-twirling' dancing glittering feel, the seductive oomph comes in European cultural musical format in racy sounding 'Jhoom Jhoom Ta Ja'. For its cheerfully loud rejoicing feel and multi-cultural genre, it brings memories of 'Udi' (GUZAARISH) and recently heard 'Hawaa Hawaa' (ROCKSTAR), where the dazzlingly high orchestral feel gets high with yelling back-up vocals and together they set out a decorum for a feisty carnival. Ritu Pathak's varying pitches narrates out the changing sentimental shades of the track, where meticulously played instrumentals permeate well in simply written lyrics. Least explored and accepted by masses, this style of soundtrack has a somber seductive oomph rather than a raunchy feel and comes in two more versions. The male version has Siddarth Basrur's lively vocals and is spiced up well with 'Synth-pop' style of arrangements with almost similar set of lyrics. The third version is titled as 'film version' is the most appealing of the lot and comes in the voice of promising Arijit Singh, a reality show prodigy. Despite having KK, Shaan or his favorite Neeraj Sridhar, Pritam shoulders this pivotal track to this newcomer and adds dosages of electronica punched funky rhythms to this version. As compared to a couple of Pritam's hot selling solo male tracks, it sound like a pale comparison but still has sufficient ammunition to light up disco-floors.



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The Russian mafia is after Aftab Shivdasani because he is sitting on a goldmine of information. He knows where, when and how the Romanian gold is going to be sent back to its country by Russia. He also knows which high-profile Russian officials will be a part of this very important operation. However, he is killed by the mafia, and a parcel he has left with his wife in Goa is given to Charlie after his death. The parcel contains a CD with some basic information. He advises Charlie to get a team of Players, the world's best to pull off this gold heist.

Only Vinod Khanna, a master con artist himself who is in jail, can set this team up for Charlie who incidentally is also his Chartered Accountant and a friend of his daughter Sonam Kapoor (Naina). Being a computer genius with a Masters in ethical hacking, Naina is an integral part of the team. There's also Bobby Deol (Ronnie) who is the equivalent of P C Sorcar, a master illusionist; Omi Vaidya (Sunny), a prosthetics expert; Sikander Kher (Bilal) who has worked with several secret service agencies all over the world and Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a computer geek.

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From here, the movie moves on to slick action zone taking the viewer on a high-speed ride through Russian terrain where each Player has to play his part to get through the gold bars. The clip with the two trains running parallel to each other with Charlie dangling mid-air off-loading the gold while the Russian guards are hoodwinked by Ronnie's illusion is well-executed.

The mystery unfolds once the gold has been successfully robbed. The drama begins anew!

It would not be wrong to say that most of the cast are plastic in their expression. Bobby Deol sports a grumpy look, mouthing just a few lines. There are no layers to Abhishek's character and he is left performing at just one level, while Neil Nitin Mukesh, though looks good in his role, fails to inject that necessary fear element. Bipasha Basu does what she does best, looking hot. But it is Sonam Kapoor who disappoints. I get the feeling that the poor girl is trying too hard to play this 'oomphy' character. She is either overawed by Bipasha or is rattled by the recent spate of her flops. The music too is a big let-down, with songs unnecessarily thrown in.

The relief comes from Johnny Lever who has a foreign wife and a gora 'Ramu Kaka', all based in Wellington, New Zealand. I guess, Abbas-Mustan sensed what they had done and injected Lever's track at an opportune time allowing the audience to let of steam with a hearty laugh!

The rating is purely for the thrills!

Rating : 2.5/5


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The 2003 Hollywood release, THE ITALIAN JOB was a decent flick. The movie opens with the heist of $35 million in gold bars from a Venetian mansion. And although PLAYERS, Abbas-Mustan's latest offering is a straight lift from the Hollywood flick, they fail to even lift impressively. I mean, you have a ready plot, you know what each actor's role ought to be and the screenplay is well laid out. All they have to do is adapt it to the Indian audience which, frankly speaking requires a little imagination. That's where they suffer!

There are enough loopholes in the plot which will have you leave your mouth open gaping in disbelief. In fact, if one starts to get going, pointing out the flaws, one will not know where to stop. Here are a few...
  • The gold bars, after they have been robbed in Russia, find a safe haven in New Zealand. How did they land there? We are talking about tons of gold here?
  • Finally, how on earth can a few Indians infiltrate the Russian government and execute a heist of this magnitude? And then they go all the way to New Zealand to claim the gold back. They are more comfortable than the locals on the Kiwi streets, blasting off their underways and creating traffic jams, 'Like in Mumbai'.
  • Is Mumbai the only place in the world famous for traffic jams? And is MERA NAAM JOKER the only film the Russians remember? I wonder if Abbas-Mustan even realize what they have done to tarnish the image of India abroad.
Having said that, let's also give credit where it is due, PLAYERS is a slick treat of high adrenaline action scenes that rates up there with the best in Bollywood. With thrillers being their forte, and action their main course, Abbas-Mustan do not disappoint in this department.

Abhishek Bachchan (Charlie) and Bipasha Basu (Riya) are partners in crime. Six months before and after a con job, they stay away from each other to plan their next big robbery. No one doubts their involvement. But now, there is a big heist to undertake and it requires not just Charlie and Riya but a gang of experts to pull it off.




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    The Russian mafia is after Aftab Shivdasani because he is sitting on a goldmine of information. He knows where, when and how the Romanian gold is going to be sent back to its country by Russia. He also knows which high-profile Russian officials will be a part of this very important operation. However, he is killed by the mafia, and a parcel he has left with his wife in Goa is given to Charlie after his death. The parcel contains a CD with some basic information. He advises Charlie to get a team of Players, the world's best to pull off this gold heist.

    Only Vinod Khanna, a master con artist himself who is in jail, can set this team up for Charlie who incidentally is also his Chartered Accountant and a friend of his daughter Sonam Kapoor (Naina). Being a computer genius with a Masters in ethical hacking, Naina is an integral part of the team. There's also Bobby Deol (Ronnie) who is the equivalent of P C Sorcar, a master illusionist; Omi Vaidya (Sunny), a prosthetics expert; Sikander Kher (Bilal) who has worked with several secret service agencies all over the world and Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a computer geek.

    CHECK OUT: PLAYERS to outshine DHOOM 2 action?


    From here, the movie moves on to slick action zone taking the viewer on a high-speed ride through Russian terrain where each Player has to play his part to get through the gold bars. The clip with the two trains running parallel to each other with Charlie dangling mid-air off-loading the gold while the Russian guards are hoodwinked by Ronnie's illusion is well-executed.

    The mystery unfolds once the gold has been successfully robbed. The drama begins anew!

    It would not be wrong to say that most of the cast are plastic in their expression. Bobby Deol sports a grumpy look, mouthing just a few lines. There are no layers to Abhishek's character and he is left performing at just one level, while Neil Nitin Mukesh, though looks good in his role, fails to inject that necessary fear element. Bipasha Basu does what she does best, looking hot. But it is Sonam Kapoor who disappoints. I get the feeling that the poor girl is trying too hard to play this 'oomphy' character. She is either overawed by Bipasha or is rattled by the recent spate of her flops. The music too is a big let-down, with songs unnecessarily thrown in.

    The relief comes from Johnny Lever who has a foreign wife and a gora 'Ramu Kaka', all based in Wellington, New Zealand. I guess, Abbas-Mustan sensed what they had done and injected Lever's track at an opportune time allowing the audience to let of steam with a hearty laugh!

    The rating is purely for the thrills!

    Rating : 2.5/5

    Rating 2.5/5

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    Movie Cast & Crew
    • Actor: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Omi Vaidya and Sikander Kher, Sikander Kher, Omi Vaidya, Johny Lever, Aftab Shivdasani, Vinod Khanna, Vyacheslav Razbegaev
    • Lyrics: Ashish Pandit
    • Director: Abbas Burmawalla- Mustan Burmawalla, Abbas-Mustan
    • Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
    • Release Date : 06 Jan 2012

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