Flop king Abhishek Bachchan can go only one way in Bollywood.
Down, down, down.
Predictably enough, the clown’s latest film Players is drawing withering scorn from critics.
Here’s what a gaggle of critics had to say on Players:
* Deccan Chronicle:
The audience’s intelligence is insulted throughout in this endless horror show of pyromaniacal explosions, a stupendously silly heist of Rumanian gold from a Russian train, oodles of jiggery pokery on computer screens…
* IndiaFM/Bollywood Hungama:
[I]t is deficient of a captivating screenplay. Also, the film could have done with judicious trimming for an enhanced impact. I for one went in with colossal expectations, but came out feeling downcast and disheartened.
* Times of India:
Another major reason why Players fails to impress is thanks to the mediocre performances by its entire cast. Abhishek Bachchan is passable but lacks the attitude to carry a suave character like this. Bobby Deol, in his extended special appearance, appears disinterested and carries a look which seemingly says ‘why-am-I-overshadowed-by-Abhishek-Bachchan?’ Neil Nitin Mukesh fails to take advantage of the abundant scope that his role offers. Also he lacks the menace that his character demands. Bipasha Basu’s role seems just an extension of Race. Sikander Kher lacks screen presence. Omi Vaidya is funny at instances but is getting repetitive. Sonam Kapoor should never attempt to seduce or dance or deliver dialogues. In short, she should call it quits.
This is B-movie paradise. The writing is juvenile, the dialogues a joke, the acting over-the-top, yet everyone seems to be taking themselves so seriously, you can’t help but see the funny side to it.
Sure, the critics may have found a positive thing or two to say but the overall feeling with Players is one of disappointment.