Players is an action thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Omi Vaidya and Sikander Kher. It is based on the 2003 American film, The Italian Job.
The film was initially supposed to feature Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra who were subsequently replaced by Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu. There were rumours that Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were also being considered for the roles that Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu are enacting.
The film began its initial schedule on November 9, 2010 and the filming will continue throughout India, New Zealand and Russia. The filming took place in Goa, New Zealand's Wellington and Auckland earlier in 2011, and a long schedule was also shot in Siberia, St Petersburg and other locations in India. Players was set to release on 9 December 2011 with Agent Vinod and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, but is now pushed to 6 January 2012 making it the first release of 2012. Players first look was unveiled on 3 November 2011 and music will be launched on November 30. The track used in the trailer is said to be from a band and the makers have bought the rights for it.
Charlie: Abhishek Bachchan
Charlie Masceranhas is a Chartered Accountant by day and a master-thief by night.With his razor-sharp intelligence, precision planning, and perfect voice modulation, there has been no job so far in his career which has been too tough for him.Conning is, in fact, an art form for Charlie and that's what he prefers to call himself - an artist. Charlie has been a Player since he was seven and now has his own set of rules by which he plays the game, - one of them being - 'it's only cops who retire, not con-artists'.
Naina: Sonam Kapoor
Naina is a computer expert with a Masters in Ethical Hacking.She is the beautiful girl who did everything right with her academic life, and its only for a very personal reason that she decides to be a part of this heist.But if you think of her as a boring studious girl, you cannot be more mistaken than that. You only have to watch her behind the wheels of a hot car to know the stuff she is made of.
Ronnie: Bobby Deol
Ronnie is the odd one out from the pack of Players, what with no previous experience in the games of con.Ronnie was the master of illusions. At one point of time, he was one of the most famous illusionists in the country but he abruptly left his career at his peak.In fact, he hates the very word magic now. But then, he agreed to be a 'Player' for reasons that he would not share with the group.
Riya: Bipasha Basu
The sexy as hell Riya is known to charm her way into the lusty hearts and then the safety vaults of rich and famous men.She has been Charlie's long-standing partner-in-crime and together the duo have pulled off some daredevil heists.Besides being a full-time con artist, Riya is also an automobile expert and knows her way around automobile engines like the back of her dainty hands.
Bilal: Sikander Kher
Bilal Bashir is the go-to guy of the team. Having worked with several secret service agencies, Bilal has solid contacts all over the world and can speak several languages with the fluency of a local.Ever since he was a kid, Bilal had a thing for indigenous bombs (damn, he even nearly lost his hearing thanks to a self-manufactured crude bomb when he was only ten years old).And that's the role for which the hot-headed Bilal has been picked up as a player in the heist - that of an explosive expert.
Spider: Neil Nitin Mukesh
Spider is the quintessential computer geek.He is the master-hacker who robbed millions from banks and bankers all over the world and has been on the most-wanted list of several cyber crime prevention agencies world-wide.There is no computer or intelligence system that he cannot break into. And the bigger the challenge, the more fun the nerd in him has with it.
Sunny: Omi Vaidya
Sunny Mehra might be mistaken for the clown of the group, what with his easy-going NRI-Punjabi ways and his regular attempt at silly jokes.But what hides behind this demeanour is a mad passion to be a Bollywood star. But when every producer in town rejected his face, Sunny decided to be an expert at 'changing faces'.Yup, he became a prosthetic expert. And from what we hear, he is bloody good at it.
It's time to steady your selves for the biggest action extravaganza that Bollywood has to offer! The dynamic director duo Abbas-Mustan are back to enthrall the audiences one again with the lean and mean heist flick PLAYERS. The movie is the official remake of the 2003 Hollywood blockbuster, THE ITALIAN JOB and promises to be just as much of a thrilling ride!
With a stellar cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya, this remake promises to pack one heck of a punch. PLAYERS is scheduled to set the screen ablaze in January, 2012.
With high speed chase sequences and state-of-the-art special effects set against the backdrop of gorgeous locales in New Zealand and Goa, PLAYERS will redefine Bollywood action movies as we know them.
And hang on to your seats, because this ride has just begun.
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