Director duo Abbas-Mustan
Director duo Abbas-Mustan

It’s official now. Because the music of Players has not caught on, it has been decided to add a song to give the much needed boost to the audio sales. Abbas-Mustan’s films have generally boasted of hit music but Pritam Chakraborty’s score in Players has not quite lived up to the audience’s expectations as well as the director duo’s reputation. What started as nagging by the audio company, T-Series, ultimately ended in a consensual understanding between the music company, the producers (Viacom 18 Motion) and the directors (Abbas-Mustan). Pritam himself will now remix the super-hit Jumma chumma de de song from the Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Hum (1991), which will be added in the Players album.

Hopefully, the music of the multi-starrer will get the much needed boost, so necessary to ensure that the film gets a decent opening on 6th January 2012. At first the directors, who are known to be fiercely protective about their films, were not happy with the creative interference but they finally relented.

Players: Most Difficult Film To Edit 

Incidentally, Players could well go down in cinema history as the film which has taken the longest time to edit. Reveled, Abbas-Mustan “Our brother (editor) Hussain Burmawala too six-and-a-half months to finish the editing. This was our most difficult film to edit.” Believe it or not, the film was always shot with multi-camera setups. At times, there used to be six and even seven cameras capturing the action scenes.”

Players is the official remake of the Hollywood film, The Italian Job, which was made in 1969 (starring Michael Caine) and again in 2003 (starring Mark Wahlberg).

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