Director: Mrighdeep Singh Lambha
Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Banner: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, PVR Pictures
Music Director: Ranjit Barot, Sukhwinder Singh
Star Cast: Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade, Deepak Dobriyal, Ragini Khanna, Yograj Singh
April 15, 2011
All that we can say after watching this movie is that “ek thi movie jisme teen thay bhai”. Nothing much to remember and recall except a faint ray of hope visible in Mrigdeep Singh Lamba! His first-time act is satisfactory and makes him one of the new-age directors to look out for in future. Just that his directorial debutant venture is a half-baked cake. The disappointment more so lies in the fact that “Teen Thay Bhai” has been produced by none other than the talented Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who has directed socially-gripping movies “Rang De Basanti” and “Delhi 6”. He went off track with this one (his USP being meaningful and hard-hitting cinema) which actually did nothing but de-railed him, for the movie lacks consistency and looses grip more often than once.
The setting and scale of the movie is similar to the recently released “Tanu Weds Manu”, that of a small town outlook. A desi laugh-a-thon, “Teen Thay Bhai”, however, falls flat and does not arouse laughter, except hither and thither. The plot is very obvious – three brothers who can’t stand each other are forced to stay together for a day every year in a snowed cabin courtesy dadaji’s will, according to which if they fulfill the clause only then would they be able to get their hands on the property at Himachal Pradesh. Though the story falls flat, the characterization is captivating. While Om Puri’s sturdy Punjabi businessman act is funny, Dobriyal is natural and does his part with poise. Shreyas, on the other hand, manages to pull out a few chuckles. But, by far, the chemistry between the three brothers is exciting as they continue to rub each other on the wrong end.
Ragini Khanna makes a visible mark on the big screen with her village vixen act. She is refreshing and impressive. However, too many loose ends, an inconsistent storyline and slumping music make this a washout affair. Additionally, the dialogues of the movie add to the list of fiascos for “3 Thay Bhai”. Agreed, laugh-a-thons work in Bollywood but you need to extract some sense out of the nonsense as well to actually laugh. Too many unnecessary additions and elements make watching this comedy a tragedy. The movie won’t have you side-splitting, but it won’t leave you high and dry as well. You may chuckle and grin here and there, and in between have a full-on laugh. Go for it only if you have absolutely nothing to do.
Final Verdict: “Teen Thay Bhai” is a blink-and-miss affair. Expectations were high but then, not every thing you expect falls in place.
Teeb Thay Bhai Pre-release Review
Known for making films with meaningful and hard-hitting subjects, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decides to keep his approach straight-forward and simple this time. Yes, the famous mind setter behind ‘Aks’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, and ‘Delhi 6’ is back with a sweet and simple plot ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ that will not induce the audience to scratch their heads to unquote the hidden secrets. Directed by debutant Mrighdeep Singh Lambha and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie is presented under the banners Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures and PVR Pictures. Ragini Khanna too marks her debut as one of the leading artists, giving a break to her regular saas-bahu saga ‘Sasural Genda Phool’, besides Yograj Singh, father of the celebrated cricketer Yuvraj Singh, is also trying his innings in Bollywood. The music has been composed by Ranjit Barot and Sukhwinder Singh, while the lyrics are penned by the legendary Gulzar. ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ is set to hit the theaters on April 15, 2011.
The plot of the movie, ‘Teen Thay Bhai’, is simple and clear-cut – it is about three brothers who are forced to live with each other, despite not being able to tolerate each others' sight, all thanks to their grandfather’s will. What can you expect when three of India’s most talented actors come together on the silver screen to create magic and hilarity? Three brothers, Chixie Gill (Om Puri), Happy Gill (Deepak Dobriyal), and Fancy Gill (Shreyas Talpade) meet as their grandfather Khapti Gill’s (Yograj Singh) will is to be read. And if you think what’s new to offer in such a traditional plot, wait! The Gills hate the sight of each other and hope to never face each other, once the will has been sorted out. But, to their surprise, the multi-crore estate would be theirs only on the fulfillment of a certain list of bizarre clauses set by their eccentric Dadaji.
Left with no alternative, the three are forced to spend a night at an estranged cabin, along with their Dadaji’s ashes, not for one or two, but for three consecutive years. Now will the three willingly carry out the rituals in the third and final year, considering that they have performed fruitfully for the previous two years? Will this time period unite the three brothers and erase the hatred with which they had been living for all these years? Will Yograj be able to hit a sixer and keep the magic of Yuvi continuing? Will Ragini be able to firm her footprints in Bollywood and make her presence felt in the big screen as well? Will a lighthearted and blasé plot be successful in entertaining the audience and give a breather to Rakeysh from his usual message-delivering tales? Come April 15, 2011 when ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ releases and we’ll come to know.