'Players' - a synthetic thriller

'Players'; Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Omi Vaidya, Vinod Khanna, Shikander Kher, Johnny Lever; Directors: Abbas-Mastan; Rating: **1/2

Friday, January 06, 2012 | 10:27:25 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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'Players'; Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Omi Vaidya, Vinod Khanna, Shikander Kher, Johnny Lever; Directors: Abbas-Mastan.

They say birds of the same feather flock together: Charlie Mascarenhas (Abhishek Bachchan) and Riya (Bipasha Basu) are partners in conning and daredevil robbery.

As a last gift, Charlie's friend Raj (Aftab Shivdasani) reveals through a CD the possibility of a heist. 'Ten thousand crore rupees worth of gold would be transported from Russia to Romania.'

Raj warns Charlie that this heist, an improbable feat, is not a one man job. He would need a team to execute it and the only person who can help him put up the team is ace thief Victor Braganza (Vinod Khanna).

Victor assembles the players - Riya, an expert machinist, Bilal Bashir (Sikander Kher), an explosive expert who likes foreign cars, Ronny (Bobby Deol), a magician, and Sunny Mehra (Omi Vaidya), a make-up artist. Naturally, the captain of this team is Charlie Mascarenhas and their goal - The Gold.

In today's age, with the complexity of the internet, the team lacked a hacker. Victor's daughter Naina (Sonam Kapoor) unsuspectingly offers help by suggesting ace hacker, Spider (Nitin Neil Mukesh), to the team.

In the show of one-upmanship, what follows the heist is a game of con and deceit at every moment of the film. For humour, there is MC (Johnny Lever) and his family.

Sleekly made with fine action, crisp razor sharp edits, speeding cars and exciting photography giving you glimpses of scenic Siberia, Amsterdam and New Zealand, the film reminds you of a Bond film.

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The leggy babes with leotard and boots, the guys with stubble and leather jackets, the palatial villas, the elongated limousines, the long car chases, the heist on the train - everything looks glossy and out of this world.

The racy background score by Sandeep Shirodkar and the soundtrack by Pritam creates the adrenaline required for a thriller but unfortunately the well-intended choreographed numbers breaks the momentum.

Ravi Yadav's cinematography and Husain Burmawala's editing are worth a mention. Technically, Abbas Mastan have churned out a very fine movie.

Unfortunately, the film delivers without any emotions. It is evident that the actors have not put their soul to the characters; they have just walked through their roles. And it shows. The glycerine and the pancake take the applause.

Sikander Kher seems to have some promise. In certain scenes, Sonam reminds of Simi Garewal. Vinod Khanna, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Abhishek's performances lack energy. Omi and Johnny Lever are stereotyped with their comic dialogue delivery. Bipasha has nothing new to offer and Bobby Deol is wasted in the minuscule role.

Touted as the desi version of Hollywood film 'The Italian Job', the script sticks to the basic plot but is unable to get into the recesses of its characters.

'Players' is a synthetically made formula thriller. It does not touch you emotionally. But a good watch nonetheless.

Rating: **1/2

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Posted on: 23 May 2017 at 10:32pm
This is very nice movie and i like this movie and songs of the movie are good and star cast are superb.

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Posted on: 19 January 2012 at 12:03am
but this movie is copyright

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Posted on: 12 January 2012 at 5:17am
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Posted on: 10 January 2012 at 11:21am
its just a bad example of copying Hollywood films and then making the worst of the film possible by any team. i think now abhi should stop working in films and do babysitting at home.

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 2:29pm
Alright really sorry to say this(not really) but Bollywood directors, producers, writers etc need to put their heads together to come up with something original instead of copying and making really bad remakes of Hollywood movies. If Indians want to watch Hollywood movies im sure they'll prefer the originals.

As much as i love Bollywood the only original thing about it right now is their music which might not last that long either :(

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 1:02pm
The reviews Sonam got are far worse than abhi, though i am a huge fan of Abbas - Mastan, i was sure the good movie will be washed away by star cast , like abhi, sonam and bobby , and i was right in some part , even bobby proved better than the rest two

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 12:36pm
@ khan: You said it all and very nicely.
Its not about being mean to Abhishek, but really he is simply not a good actor. Considering that he has been in the industry for over 10 years now, its painful to see his below mediocre acting (and POOR dancing skills).
I fail to understand how he is even getting movies. Even the new actors (Ranbeer and Imran) are way more good-looking and mature in their acting compared to AB junior.
Its high time he calls it quits.

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 11:40am
I just don't undestand Why AB had chosen acting career..a guy who is good for nothing..its better be a bachaans' son or aishwariya's are nothing more than this two title..I just don't understand why directors cast him to give the pain to us..its' sad..waste of money..Italian job is awesome bt players way..

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 10:29am
This films songs r interesting but only then when u r only hearing it..bcoz choreography of the songs doesn't match with the lyrics at all.

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Posted on: 06 January 2012 at 9:53am
d trailers of dis movie r awesomeee, i so wanna watch d movie ASAP :D
Sonam really luks different :D
luv her
d songs r superb, esp buddhi do bhagwan ;)

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