‘Players’ movie can be an official remake of Hollywood blockbuster – The Italian Job. ดูซีรีย์เกาหลี is Directed by – Abbas Mustan. The star cast on this movie are Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bobby Deol, Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya.
Abbas-Mustan definitely stun you with Players – but more with absurdity than thrill.Before going to the bad stuff, here’s good quality stuff about Players. The movie is stylish – beginning the slick camerawork to plush locations of Amsterdam, Russia, Goa, lavish cars and mean machines – everything in regards to the movie looked good and shouted attitude and oomph. The locations are beautiful and they look even more enchanting through Ravi Yadav’s camera. He deserves a pat on the back for the aerial shots of the robbery and car chase. If you have not seen the main Italian Job, you could possibly like Players.
Taking inspiration in the west is not uncommon in Bollywood and director duo Abbas-Mustan is a huge pro at that. But then what went wrong with Players, which is surely an official remake of 2003’s Italian Job? Well, our directors chucked away the thought of remaking the classic and played smart by Bollywoodising it with juvenile twists and turns (which once start, stop not until you might be irritated). Result? Players – a cringe-worthy, foolish attempt for recreating a well used.
However, Italian Job (of both 1969 & 2003) still lies in the middle of Players with stuff like grandiose robbery, a team of skilled and sharp thieves, slick execution, traitor within the gang, double crossing, murders, revenge not to mention a Mini Cooper climax making the core. But then we have been Bollywood. We love to sing, we love to humour (irrespective of how bad it really is) and we are good people. Even our thieves can not be evil. So to look bad we stock carved guns, wear leather jackets completely from MJ’s Bad video & that’s it! Stealing clients are only to make an orphanage or help our paralysed daughter. Come on!
So, in Players Charlie Mascarhenas hatches the master plan to rob Romanian gold from a Russian train. His guru Victor Dada (Vinod Khanna) concerns his rescue. He can be a thief who may have turned into a professor for Indian Police Department. “Doctor, please inhe bachaiye, humein abhi inse bahut kuch seekhna hai,” says a cop on the doc that is certainly enough to inform Victor’s worth. To execute the program Charlie turns into a team including a automobile engineer cum item-girl Ria (Bipasha Basu), who’s deeply in love with Charlie, an illusionist Roomie (Bobby Deol), a prosthetics expert Mehra (Omi Vaidya), an explosive maker Bilal (Sikander Kher), a hacker Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a software engineer and Victor Dada’s daughter Neha (Sonam Kapoor). As expected they pull with the deed! But just what is a heist film sans a traitor. So, one in the team players double crosses the remaining and triggers of an number of Abbas-Mustan cchhap desperate attempts to surprise you but it doesn’t help.
While, the very first half of the movie remains watchable inspite of the deficiency of any edge-of-the-seat moments, it’s the better half the location where the narrative dwindles from being predictable to boring. A thriller must be fast but Players is sloppy. A customized screenplay to suit the director could be the biggest flaw of Players. Missing details and simple way out are several common sightings inside movie. For instance, for our heroes planning for a heist as large as deceiving Russian Army was obviously a cakewalk or that matter all they desire is often a skimpily clad girl to take Military personnel beyond his pants and in the doom. No denying the train robbery (that reminds of Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja) and the chase at the conclusion deserve accolades, when your inspiration is one of the best thrillers, writers do need to have a little real to generate the whole setting credible instead of phoney.
Dialogues cover anything from being unimpressive to tacky including, “Bada player banna hai toh bada risk lena hi padta hai.” Here’s another cheeky one, “Wo India ka sabse bada orphanage banana chahte the, jissey koi or Victor ya Charlie na Bane.” Are we still inside the 80s? Though we like the Behra-Mehra chemistry between Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya but Player’s comedy looked as forced because the emotions on actor’s faces. The gags are poor as well as the emotional scenes are ridiculous, specially the love track towards climax.
There’s nothing great in regards to the performances either. Abhishek Bachchan can sleep walk through most of these roles now. Right in the days of Zameen, Dhoom, Dus and Dum Maaro Dum, he has been doing the same acting. Still he was the hero in the film, who are able to pronounce ‘mourning as morning’! Bobby Deol is wasted with just two dialogues in his kitty. Bipasha Basu, is like a trophy heroine who may have stayed using the directors since Ajnabee-Race and after this Players. Sikander Kher may need to look for an alternate character, if he continues with that permanent expression. Omi Vaidya’s Silencer act looks over stretched now. Though he gave us one genuine laughter when he admits that, “Itni badi jagah hai, kahin pe bhi so jao’. Sonam Kapoor looks as glam as Sunny Deol in those padded jackets. But when it involves playing a hacker she doesn’t exceed clicking those keyboard keys. And seducing is just not Sonam’s cuppa! Neil Nitin Mukesh’s performance is average and looks repetitive too. It seems suffering with OCD utilizing his eyebrows. Johhny Lever is back for action with his MC BC act. We loved his desi-firang family. Pritam’s music can be a letdown, which can be again unusual in a Abbas-Mustan flick.
Players subject might shout out – ‘Go for Gold,’ but as we say everything that glitters isn’t gold, so we’re afraid it’s really a game over for Players!