Film Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Producers: Burmawala Bros
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinod Khanna, Skinadar Kher, Om Vaidaya, Bipasha Basu and Sonam Kapoor
Abbas-Mustan’s Players is out of the box now. The film was being much-awaited by the audiences and the cinegoers were crazy for the release. Now the final product is out for the entertainment. Players is the official remake of the Hollywood hit movie ‘The Italian Job’. But It is not the ditto copy of the movie rather it has the additional ingredients to entice the Indian audiences.
When the remakes are done, it is obvious that the comparisons are made. Thus in Abbas-Mustan’s lavish thriller, there is no need to make comparisons since it slightly differs with the original and has been made as per the tastes of the Indian junta. The duo in white, the directors of the film, is much popular to deliver the lush, action-packed suspense filled thrillers, and they do the same with their latest offering as well.
The film is laced with international look, superb daredevil actions and classy eye-pleasing locales to rave about. It is utterly like a Hollywood film in terms of appeal and actions. The film works on all departments but fails on scripting that is poor. The directors’ duo worked hard to make it a classy product but was letdown by the writers.
On their part, Abbas-Mustan did fine with direction and their execution is superb and deserves applauds but what can you do when the script is mundane? The film has been shot in various locations of New Zealand, Russia, Netherlands and India. These locales have been captured well. This all entices the viewers in addition to stunts and the lavish look of the movie but when you talk about the content, which happens to be the real life of a movie, it lacks in it. Often we see in Bollywood, when the thrillers are made they are churned out lavishly putting huge money into the making to give them international feel, but the makers forget to work on the content that takes the backseat. The same is the case with Burmawala’s Players.
Other prominent fault in the film is the unnecessary length of the movie that spoils the pleasures.
Players talks about the team of the adroit and sharp people consisting of Charlie (Abhishek Bachchan), Ronnie (Bobby Deol), Riya (Bipasha Basu), Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh), Bilal (Sikander Kher) abd Sunny (Omi Vaidya). They all are on the mission to rob the gold worth crores. They succeed in robbing it but soon discover that someone out of them is double crossing them. Naina (Sonam Kapoor) joins the group now to re-get the booty and settle the scores.
The direction by Abbas-Mustan is superb. They get the viewers enjoy the product on screen. The cinematography is a work of class. Editing is fine. Action by Allan Amin is first rate and wonderful. Music by Pritam is classy and spongy. Only flaws are script and the unnecessary length that devalue the film.
Abhishek Bachchan does brilliant job. Bobby Deol is wasted. Neil looks great in acting. Skinadar is fine. Bipasha is sexy and enacts well. Sonam is glam doll and delivers the good aptly.
On the whole, Players is a lavish film with international feel but lacks in writing and unnecessary length.
Music Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Film Producer: Burmawalla Bros (Abbas-Mustan)
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh
Lyricist: Ashish Pandit
The men in white, Abbas-Mustan always allure the audiences with their movies. Their films are awaited hugely. Since the movies of this duo are laced with suspense thriller and swathed with lavish sets and international feel, the moviegoers would love to give them a wait. Well, the same is wait is being given to the upcoming Players by the audiences. The music of the film has been released and T-Series is behind the audio rights of the album. Pritam has once again composed the score, as he last had given to Abbas-Mustan’s Race, now he returns with the latest ‘Players’. Lyrics have been written by Ashish Pandit. Let’s check out the soundtrack’s worth now.
Jis Jagah Pe Khatam (Singers: Neeraj Shridhar, Siddharth Basrur and Mauli)
The soundtrack begins with a super electro song that spells magic with the souls. All the vocalists Neeraj, Siddharth and Mauli catch the rhythm perfectly to allure the ears. The lyrics are well written and the music is boisterous.
Jis Jagah Pe Khatam – Remix
This one is fast paced but nonetheless holds much attention and the listener would love to hear it till the last.
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Ja (Singer: Ritu Pathak)
Next song on the album cover is the one that has European touch and feel to lure the thirsty souls. It can safely be called the best song of the entire soundtrack of Players. Ritu makes it simply mesmerizing adding the flavours of Italian and Spanish for the true pleasures. Lyrics wise and musically, the song is a big joyous blast.
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main (Singer: Siddharth Basrur)
Siddharth sings the second version. Although the guy raises the voice to goo level, but he does not have the magic what delivered by Ritu in previous version.
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main (Film Version) (Singer: Arijit Singh)
Following next is the film version that is laced with the techno beats. Arijit loots the hearts with his marvelous singing. You would love to go for the repeat button as you must have done with Ritu’s version.
Ho Gayi Tun (Singers: Yashita Yashpal and Bob)
This one song is simply dreary with monotonous effects. The robotics vibes disturb the ears. Yashita irks the ears and souls. Bob’s rap is a big lackluster. Lyrics are music both are big failures.
Buddhi Do Bhagwaan (Charlies Song) (Singers: Shruti Pathak and Url)
Shruti is appealing with her rendition and the rapping of URL is apt for Abhishek, as when you hear you start feeling as if Abhishek himself is singing. Lyrics and music both hold values.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai (Singers: Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal)
So far in the album, there is no romantic song thus the need is fulfilled by Dil Ye sung supremely classy by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. Both simply inject the spongy pleasures in the ears. Lyrics are masterpiece and composition is a magic.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai (Reprise) (Singers: Nikhil D’Souza and Priyani Vani)
There is a second version – that is appealing but appears slightly fast than the original one but you love to hear it.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai (Remix) (Singers: Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal)
Next version of this song is a remix that is a big lifeless piece to avoid at once.
Despite a few pleasure-disturbing tracks, overall album is a class to hear. The songs like Dil Ye Bekarar and Jhoom Jhoom Ta are the picks of the lot.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Thank You Movie
Director : Anees Bazmee
Music : Pritam Chakraborty
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ashish Pandit and Kumaar
Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty, Celina Jaitly, Irrfan Khan, Rimi Sen and Mallika Sherawat
This movie, Thank You, is another rib tickling comedy from the director of Welcome, Anees Bazmee. Thank You can be called as a good, humorous, promising movie. Exotic locations, actors like Akshay Kumar etc are the USP of the film. Bazmee's movies normally have situational music but this film won't be remembered for it's music but still, one can not even miss the music release.
Remember the track "Apni To Jaise Taise" from the movie HOUSEFULL?? That one started the scene of 70s dancing numbers which continues in this film with "Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo". Sung by Mika Singh's voice, lyrics from Feroze Khan's JAANBAAZ, this song is like a club remix style track. The only part is that this one has been intruded with some crazy ANTARAS to make it comical and situational. This song will be interesting to see i.e how it works on the big screen!! The remix of the above song is done by Abhijeet Vaghani and is a classy disco number.
After the Badnaami of Munni and the Sheila's Jawaani, it's time, guys, to welcome Razia. It is an item number featuring none other than Mallika Sherawat. Razia is sung by Master Saleem and Ritu Pathak. This song has no attracting lyrics (lyrics by Ashish Pandit) but they are enough to keep you in mood and feel of the song.
Then, Razia has been remixed too and that too by Abhijeet Vaghani again. Infused with African tribal music, this one showcases Abhijeet's good DJ skills, making it disco like.
"Full Volume" is here and that too by Bombay Vikings. Neeraj Shreedhar's Indi pop can be remembered here. Sung by Richa Sharma and backed by Hard Kaur, this one has the discotheque feeling given by Pritam to it. Neeraj Shreedhar's singing is somewhat we all favour to listen and he's here to please you.
Full Volume has been remixed as well. It is a different DHOL beat club mix by Harry Anand. Some crazy and good rhythms and we get this hilarious number. This song is being waited for and will surely make you groove.
There is some serious music too, not just funky cool ones. There is a "Pyar Mein" which is like a Spanish feeling one. Javed Ali and Neeraj Shreedhar have sung it together. If you like Enrique Iglesias's Spanish guitar riffs, then this one's for you. It may not be that good for a catch but has some quality touch to it.
Thank You is a good, cool album with awesome dance numbers like PYAAR DO PYAAR LO, FULL VOLUME and RAZIA. You can expect good music from this album for sure.
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