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“Abhishek made us wear black jackets” – Abbas Mustan: Part 2

Abbas Burmawalla,Mustan Burmawalla

2012 Bollywood begins with a heist and talking about Players, don’t mark down Abbas-Mustan not being one. They are big time Players when it comes to chasing box office successes. Trace their last decade and you’ll know how successful they have been in their heist at the box office. The typical setting of a thriller movie is an urban city with colours used from black to grey to white to emphasise the helplessness of characters. Welcome Abbas-Mustan, the colourful duo who’ll always be spotted in crisp white from top to toe. Their thriller movies are filled with rainbow colours and their characters emphasise strength. And even though they’re masters in twisting the thriller genre in the most unexpected manner, you’ll see Abbas-Mustan sitting quietly on their director’s chair in front of the monitor, call their shots, pack up, go to the edit table and present you with Bollywood’s best thriller movies you’ll ever see on the wide ‘white’ screen, and Players is heading towards being yet another masterstroke by master craftsmen Abbas-Mustan. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent ends the year 2011 with quite a ‘thrill’ and one of them is seeing Abbas-Mustan wearing ‘black’. Shocked? Read on and find out!


“We were in Moscow when we got a call from Bipasha and she was jovial and so excited to be a part of Players”

We had to go to Russia for some urgent work regarding Players and by that time we had already approached Bipasha to play a part in our movie. We told her to listen to the script in a narration we had kept for her rather than her reading the script. Thrillers are better heard than read we thought. We were in Moscow when we got a call from Bipasha and she was jovial and so excited to be a part of Players. The day we landed, that same evening she came over to our office and the rest is history.


“Bipasha looks hot in her bikini and she did not object one bit to wear it”
Bipasha worked out for three months before her shoot in New Zealand as she wanted to look at her ‘fit’ best. We gave her the New Zealand schedule dates and she hit the gym with full force. Bipasha looks hot in her bikini and she did not object one bit to wear it as the scene demanded it. She was very open to suggestions and she too gave her valuable inputs. When she walked out of the waters, the crowd went in frenzy. She was looking hot.


Abbas Burmawalla,Mustan Burmawalla
“Every film we make is bigger than our previous movie”
It’s just not the cast who are termed as Players. We too are Players as directors. Our editor and brother Hussain too is a Player. Same with our DOP Ravi Yadav, and though we not necessarily run behind gold (laughs), we do run behind the making of a blockbuster movie. Players is one project we feel we’ve put a lot into. Every film we make is bigger than our previous movie and we’ll make sure that it’s as good an investment as gold.


“Bobby plays a magician in the movie who creates illusions”
Bobby Deol is the surprise package in the movie. He plays a magician in the movie who creates illusions. It will take the audiences by surprise. He has been a dear friend and he’s the only actor who has worked with us in most of our movies. He’s a sweet chap and his acting abilities are really underrated. We’ve got the best out of him.


“Abhishek made us wear black jackets after a lot of persistence”
The great thing about Abhishek Bachchan is that he will listen to you carefully throughout the entire narration. But on the sets, he is a complete director’s actor. He will only do what the director tells him. He told us, “I want to go with your conviction and your vision. Please tell me what to do and I will do just that”. And of course as we all know, he is a complete prankster. He did make us wear black jackets (laughs).


“We met AB’s and Aishwarya’s cute little daughter. Only time will tell whether she turns out to be a prankster like her dad”
We met Abhishek and Aishwarya’s kid. She is so cute and adorable. She did give us the look just like Abhishek Bachchan does (laughs). Only time will tell whether she turns out to be a prankster like AB (laughs).

Click here to read Part 1 of interview with Abbas-Mustan

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