The only thing constant about a film is the element of shock. Even a so-called safe film - that has a big star cast of well known names, a tried and tested story and sleek direction - can fail at the box office. Perfect example: 2012 first big release, 'Players'. In spite of names like Bipasha Basu, Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol, and it being a remake of Hollywood hit, 'The Italian Job', the film did little to tickle the entertainment buds of the filmgoers. Here's a look at how 'Players' played for those who played a part in it.
First in line, director Abbas-Mustan. Known for their successful slick thrillers and action flicks, the duo are on their next big sequel 'Race'. And would continue to make more films till they find investors. Big question: who will?
Next and the biggest victim - Neil Nitin Mukesh. The actor's last fruitful venture was 'New York'. Since then Neil has been on a lookout for a hit and pegged his hopes on 'Players', given the whole package of hit-making directors, script and of course actors. But looks like for him, the struggle continues. Sharing his plight is past year wonder, Bobby Deol, who was hoping for a good comeback with the film, but alas.
Bipasha Basu, whose career has not been any great shakes either, and flop and hit mixer Abhishek Bachchan have been the lesser affected, as both actors have a few good projects coming up in the year. While Bipasha will be seen with R Madhavan in 'Jodi Breakers' and Abhishek has his ace card 'Dhoom 4' opposite Aamir Khan.