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Pick up a DVD of Abbas-Mustan’s film and high chances are that it’s adapted from a Western film. Yet, one won’t find any reason to complain because, as my buddy Pranay Mathur @pranay22 rightly said, “They are the only one in the industry who copy well!” They don’t merely make a scene-by-scene imitation; they Indianize the plot well so that the masses as well as the classes, the rural as well as the audiences can fully comprehend what’s going on, even if the plot is a bit technical or complicated in other ways. Their previous film Race had a series of double crossings and yet was easy to understand and highly entertaining and thrilling as well. Their latest film, Players, declared as the official remake of the both the successful versions of The Italian Job too falls in this category. Sadly, it’s neither Abbas-Mustan’s best work till date nor as good as their previous film Race. However, the film has lots of twists and jolts to keep you hooked. Even those who have seen the original films will be in for a shock!
The story of the movie: With the help of his mentor Victor dada (Vinod Khanna), Charlie (Abhishek Bachchan) assembles the team of best players – con artiste cum automobile expert Riya (Bipasha Basu), ex-magician Ronnie (Bobby Deol), polygot bomb expert Bilal (Sikander Kher) and prosthetics expert Sunny (Omi Vaidya). Victor dada couldn’t find world’s best hacker, Spider (Neil Nitin Mukesh). But Victor’s daughter Naina (Sonam Kapoor) comes to the rescue and Spider too More >
By Taran Adarsh, 6 Jan 2012, 08:48 hrs IST
It's a given that hi-voltage action thrillers enthrall and electrify viewers no end. The existing inclination within the industry is to opt for remakes [of South Indian films specifically], though Abbas-Mustan have continuously, in their three decade career, tilted towards western thrillers to be specific. PLAYERS, their latest offering, is the official remake of THE ITALIAN JOB. But it's not a scene to scene adaptation of the classic that was attempted twice in the West. The core conception remains the same, but the screenplay is amended significantly to suit the Indian sensibilities.
A recreation or adaptation always leads to comparisons with the original work. And Abbas-Mustan will have to pass this acid test, since THE ITALIAN JOB is no regular film. Made twice in Hollywood [first in 1969 and then in 2003], THE ITALIAN JOB is a heist film with a variation. Like I pointed out earlier, PLAYERS is an altered version of THE ITALIAN JOB, catering more to the desi sensibilities. It's about a gang of skillful, stylish and sharp players who join hands to carry out a heist. Prepare yourself for a masala film with ample twists and turns, stunning and gorgeous locales, stylized stunts and adrenaline-pumping chases, lots of style and attitude and of course, the mandatory songs and comic sequences... In that respect, PLAYERS is in a completely different zone when one draws parallels with THE ITALIAN JOB.
One more clarification! When the More >