Director duo Abbas Mustan are renowned for their super-hit musical thrillers. Over the years, the brothers have mastered the art of dishing out superbly entertaining masala fare by incorporating elements like intrigue, thrills, glamour and chartbuster songs in their films. The latest from their stable is Players, a remake of the heist flick The Italian Job. After Naqaab and Race, Pritam completes a hat trick with the directors by composing the songs for this film too.
The stand-out track in this album is Kyun dooriyan. Pritam realises he has a winner on his hands and reworks the tune in three different versions. In the first one, he delicately combines Ritu Pathak’s seductive vocals with the accordion and creates a sensuous and dramatic song. Siddharth Basrur’s version is a fast-paced dance track with an infectious techno hook. And Arijit Singh is equally impressive in the alternate version of this addictive club number. This one’s a sure-shot chartbuster.
The love ballad Dil ye bekarar kyun hain (Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal) is another definite winner. Pritam weaves a lovely melody with a subtle electronic bed and creates a breezy romantic track that makes for splendid listening. Equally appealing is the reprise version by Nikhil D’Souza and Priyani Vani. The lyrics Jis jagah pe khatam sabki baat hoti hai, us jagah se hamari shuruat hoti hai sounds awkward on the otherwise catchy tune. The singers, Neeraj Sridhar, Siddharth Basrur and Mauli Dave, render their parts with a flourish, making it a fairly enjoyable number.
Pritam goes on an auto-tune overdrive in Ho gayi tun (Yashita Yashpal, Bob) – what could have been a decent number ends up as a highly annoying and noisy track. Buddhi do bhagwaan doesn’t work at all in spite of the talented Shruthi Pathak and rapper URL (who sounds a lot like Abhishek Bachchan)
Kyun dooriyan and Dil ye bekarar save the day for Pritam.
Verdict: A notch above ordinary