What can you expect from the director duo of Burmawalla Brothers (better known as Abbas-Mustan), who have relentlessly used successful Hollywood thrillers to fashion their Bollywood incarnations? The answer is pretty obvious: Another such “inspired” thriller! And so the duo declared: Let’s have some REPLAYS of THE ITALIAN JOB. And they seemed to have liked the REPLAYS so much, that they even decided to make an anagram of REPLAYS as the title for this new movie! Thus was born PLAYERS!
But everything after choosing the theme seems to have gone awry. To begin with, what can you expect from a movie which has managed to assemble at least five jinxed stars to play lead roles ? But, first, who are the jinxed stars? This list is not in any particular order of the JQ (Jinx Quotient) of these stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu. The jinx status has more to do with their box-office failures than any reflection on their acting capabilities. Add to that list, Vinod Khanna, who had happily retired and who looks hopelessly disinterested in wanting to come back to the big screen. The saving grace is the incidental humour churned out by Omi Vaidya, in his funny accent and Johnny Lever when he talks about the Satyanarayan Katha to be performed by his Kiwi wife!
PLAYERS certainly had potential to be just as taut as the originals (even after factoring all the improbabilities) and that is visible in the heist sequence or the chase involving the Minis. The photography is good and the action sequences are filmed slickly. In fact they are so slick that you don’t observe that during the heist they handle the gold bars without much of a strain; they almost make it look as though they are looting chocolate bars wrapped in gold leaf!
One of the reasons why this does not happen is that the editor, who is the third brother of the Burmawalla team, Hussain, feels no need to clip the movie’s length, which runs to a staggering 4000 plus metres (running time of 165 minutes) as against the 95 minutes of the first version of THE ITALIAN JOB and about 110 minutes of the second version. Then, these days, audiences have begun to accept that you need not have any song intrusions in thrillers and so there was no need to waste time on that.
My advice to the Burmawalla Brothers: it may be worthwhile to remake this movie with the following changes to the star cast. Ranbir Kapoor instead of Abhishek Bachchan, Ranveer Singh instead of Neil Mukesh, Naseeruddin Shah instead of Vinod Khanna, Abhay Deol instead of Bobby Deol and Anushka Sharma instead of Sonam Kapoor. No songs and overall length not to exceed two hours; PLAYERS will then get replayed over and over again for thrilled audiences.
RATING: 2.5 out of 5
January 7, 2012

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