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Making an effective thriller is tough: Abbas-Mustan

PTI  Mumbai, January 03, 2012
First Published: 13:05 IST(3/1/2012) | Last Updated: 16:11 IST(3/1/2012)

Bollywood director duo Abbas-Mustan, who are back with another action-thriller Players, after having made such edge-of-the-seat flicks for almost two decades, say that making thrillers is quite complex but they still are in love with the idea.

The formidable duo have been making films in this genre for long and have given hits like Baazigar, Ajnabee, Aitraaz and Race among others.

"To make an effective thriller is not easy...it is very difficult. As holding the attention of audience is difficult, one has to ensure the suspense..the mystery is not out. Thriller films should be gripping every moment. Every time to make movies revolving around thrills is difficult but we prefer to walk with time," Abbas told PTI in an interview.

"They should be excited at what is going to happen next. We also think of what will attract viewers to theatres for a repeat viewing," he said.

Echoing his brother, Mustan, says, "We keep our target audience in mind while zeroing on any project, like what the youth of today like to watch. It is important to walk with time without forgetting the storyline, the theme, emotions, songs that are part of Hindi cinema. It is important for the audience to understand and connect with the flow of the film."

Players, a heist flick, is an official remake of Hollywood crime thriller, Italian Job and stars Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukhes, Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya in prominent roles. The filmmakers did have a harrowing time while shooting the from seeking permissions to the language barrier abroad.

"We had to seek lot of permissions for a traffic jam scene to be shot in New Zealand and that took a long time. While, in Russia we faced language problem, we appointed about 25 interpreters. We needed them to help us about basic things like where to go to eat and etc," Mustan said.

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