Today, no actor is known to green-light a project without a thorough narration and/or a bound script. But Abhishek Bachchan made an exception for director duo Abbas-Mustan when they approached him for a key role in Players. He signed on the dotted line only on the basis of a one-line story that he was told.
“Abhishek agreed to do the film after just hearing the basic premise. Not too many actors would do run such a big risk. He did it because he’s a huge Abbas-Mustan fan and had complete faith in their work. They were pleasantly surprised too,” says a source close to the film.
Abbas confirms and says, “When we insisted on a complete narration, he just asked us to start shooting directly. It was reassuring because he decided to work with us following our previous work. He said he had full faith in us and didn’t need a narration to come on board.”
Ironically, even to this day, Abhishek’s father, superstar Amitabh Bachchan, supposedly, doesn’t agree to work in a movie without a narration and a bound script. Considering it was Abbas-Mustan’s first outing with Abhishek, Abbas is all praises for AB Jr: “He is a director’s actors. He did everything with commitment and passion.”
Players, also toplines Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Omi Vaidya and Sikander Kher and releases on January 6. It’s the official remake of the Hollywood crime thriller The Italian Job. The movie was filmed across India, New Zealand and Russia.