Now this is one soundtrack that belongs to 'much awaited' category.
Right from 'Khiladi' to 'Race', Abbas-Mustan have always maintained that good music is an integral part of their films. What also makes their music spicier is the thriller genre that most of the films by the men-in-white belong to. With a lethal combination like this when Pritam steps into the arena, it is time to await some high energy soundtrack that would be upmarket and boast of a club sound. This is exactly what one gets in 'Players' as well which has lyricist Ashish Pandit taking complete advantage of the big opportunity that has come his way.
The way 'Jis Jagah Pe Khatam' begins, it pretty much establishes the mood of the soundtrack which is in accordance to the film's genre. A mood building outing with Neeraj Shridhar, Siddharth Basrur and Mauli Dave coming together to sing for a tune which has a strong Pritam stamp to it, 'Jis Jagah Pe Khatam' could well have been a song for 'Golmaal 4' if one goes by the sheer attitude here. The song (also appearing in a 'remix version') may not be an out of the world experience that would make you stand up and start humming it every juncture. However play it loud and you are bound to get excited about catching them.
If 'Zara Zara Touch Me' was an anthem track in 'Race', an attempt to recreate a similar mode is made in the form of 'Jhoom Jhoom Ta Ja'.
While Ritu Pathak goes solo with this song and tried to get a sense of seduction through her vocals, the song surprisingly works more when Siddharth Basrur comes up with a male version. This time around the song has a club feel to it and the kind of sound created by Pritam at the very beginning is pretty much a DJ's delight. Ditto for the version done by Arijit Singh which is also credited as the one which would be seen in the film.
There is some good fun ahead with Yashita Yashpal's 'Ho Gayi Tun'
which is all set to keep the masses happy. The song works as an instant winner and has a catchy sound to it which yet again entices one to hit the dance floor. In fact the very theme of the song is about a female protagonist hunting for some 'desi beats' that would add on to her uninhibited state. Surprisingly the song doesn't find a 'remix version' for itself.
A tribute is paid to Charlie's Angels with a song that goes as 'Buddhi Do Bhagwaan - Charlie's Song'. The 'buddhi' here stands for 'wisdom'
and while Shruti Pathak is the female voice for the song, it is Abhishek Bachchan who gets into the 'Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai'
(Bluffmaster) mode here by getting behind the mike. A fun song which yet again boasts of some catchy music and works instantly, it also stands out due to it's funny lyrics. Though it works in the album, one wonders how it would find it's way in the film which is basically about a gold heist.
The best is (surprisingly) reserved for the last though with Pritam coming up with 'Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai'. Now this is the kind of number that one always expects from Pritam despite the film genre, whether it is gold heist or a quintessential love story. A love song which is sing with aplomb by Mohit Chauhan, it does have a few touch-points of 'Te Aa Mo' (Dum Maaro Dum), again by Pritam, but one doesn't mind that as it only brings in a 'thehrav' to the album which was otherwise on a fast and furious mode. Ashish Pandit too gets into a lovey-dovey mode for this song which deservingly appears again as a 'reprise version' by Nikhil D'Souza and Priyani Vani (quite good
again) and later in a 'remix' (which acts as a good round up for the album).
'Players' delivers what one expected from it. The need of the situation was to have a racy score that compliments the fast paced story telling of Abbas-Mustan. While one waits to see how the director duo does justice to the film's genre, the first step here (music) is indeed in the right direction. Though the song which has the most potential of being a 'lambi race ki ghoda' is 'Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai', others would work as instant coffee that would keep the momentum up for the film's narrative.
Dil Ye Bekarar Kyun Hai, Jhoom Jhoom Ta Hun Main, Buddhi Do Bhagwaan - Charlie's Song, Ho Gayi TunÂ [Play songs]