Directed by Abbas-Mustan (the men in white), Players is all set to release on January 6th 2012 all over. The movie has been in news since the outset. The changing of the cast too created giant hype for the movie. Players is based on the popular American movie, ‘The Italian Job’ (2003). Since the duo of Abbas-Mustan often borrows subjects from Hollywood flicks, this project too is based around the Hollywood outing. The music has been scored by Pritam, who had given the musical score for Abbas-Mustan’s last project ‘Race’ as well. Ashish Pandit has written the lyrics and the music head honcho T-Series releases the soundtrack that carries 10 tracks in total.
Jis Jagah Pe Khatam [Neeraj Shridhar, Siddharth Basrur and Mauli]
The album opens up with ‘Jis Jagah Pe Khatam’, a fully electro type of a song that instantly grows on the ears. The track sends chill through the body. The singers do the fine job in electrifying the souls. The lyrics are worthy and the composition is a class. The arrangement of the instruments is super appealing. The music has been scored in utter trademark style of Pritam.
Jis Jagah Pe Khatam [Neeraj Shridhar, Siddharth Basrur and Mauli] – Remix
The remix version is fast paced but has potential to be heard with oomph. You may stay with it and can show your liking for the flow of the track.
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Ja [Ritu Pathak]
Next comes the super-duper number of the album, ‘Jhoom Jhoom Ta Ja’ getting laced with the European touch attached to the melody of the song. While you stay with the track, it appears as if you are listening to some Italian or Spanish piece of music. Ritu is a class in herself, the way she picks up the rhythm simply arrests the breath. The unique style of the instruments’ injection into the song is alluring and deserves applauds. Lyrics are spellbinding. Pritam should be given a standing applause for creating such a rhythmically mesmerizing song. The visuals must be as classy as the audio of the song is!
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main [Siddharth Basrur]
The second version of Jhoom Jhoom is sung by Siddharth Basrur. Although he too shows his high-pitched vocals aptly and tries to inject the hypnotizing effects as Ritu did in the first version, but the song lacks the oomph generated by Ritu Pathak.
Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main (Film Version) [Arijit Singh]
Pritam infuses the techno beats into this film version of Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main. Arijit Singh displays his histrionics supremely. His high-pitched and in rhythmic flow vocals catch the soul from tip to toe. The number is a treat to listen to.
Ho Gayi Tun [Yashita Yashpal and Bob]
The techno beats in the song are mundane. The robotic vibes placed are not appealing at all. The vocals of Yashita Yashpal are auto-tuned, which do not glide on the ears. Bob’s rapping is poor. The lyrics are below average. Pritam disappoints with the composition that is simply pleasure shattering.
Buddhi Do Bhagwaan (Charlies Song) [Shruti Pathak and Url]
Following next on the album cover is ‘Buddhi Do Bhagwaan’ that has Shruti Pathak and Url as the vocalists. Shruti attracts with her well rendered vocals whereas the rapping of URL, though appear as if Abhishek Bachchan himself is singing, too spell the magic with the listener. Lyrics are worthwhile. Pritam has scored the composition with aplomb. Well, this song is the one which might be used for the promotion of the film.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai [Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal]
The album features a romantic duet, ‘Dil Ye Bekarar’ sung by the duo of Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. Mohit displays his tremendously magical voice that instantly penetrates in the listener’s hearts. Electric guitar simply mesmerizes the souls. By the time Shreya comes up, the song gets more magical with her spongy rendition. Lyrics have been written while being in an utter romantic mood. Music by Pritam is a saccharine treat. You would love to press the repeat button when the track stops playing.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai (Reprise) [Nikhil D’Souza and Priyani Vani]
The second version of ‘Dil Ye Bekarar’ features Nikhil D’Souza and Priyani Vani. Both do the fine justice with the renditions but it is a bit faster than the original.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai (Remix) [Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal]
The remix version of Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal is average and after one hearing, you will not go for the next hearing.
Pritam has done wonders with the album of Players making it spongy and magical for the super hearing. Although there are few tracks, which spoil the magical effects of the soundtrack, but overall effect is simply heart-hitting and soothing. The album has potential to witness good sales.
– Music Critic: Goher Iqbal Punn
Film & Music Credits:
Producer: Burmawalla Bros (Abbas-Mustan)
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh
Lyrics: Ashish Pandit