FILM – Teen Thay Bhai
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 15, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
DIRECTOR – Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
WRITER – Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, Gautam and Mehul
CAST – Om Puri, Deepak Dobriyal, Shreyas Talpade, Ragini Khanna, Yograj Singh
MUSIC – Daler Mehndi, Rajat Dholakia, Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot
In ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ there is a continuous reference to one Chacha Chaudhury. To those born in the 70’s this is a very familiar name. He was the master genius detective character almost super-hero in nature of comic books of the same name. Till date he is famous and remembered with a lot of fondness.
All those who loved him will know he is a children’s hero. Back then, Chacha Chaudhury had the same place in a child’s life as had Tinkle. Teen Thay Bhai’s repetitive tribute to this children’s favourite is threateningly self-referential because it seems to have been made for and by those who have never really crossed the 10-yr old threshold.
While retaining your child-like-ness has always been considered a positive thing, the film takes this a little too seriously. All one is left with is school-play level gag-bag with a thin pretense of a story and lots of loudness and falling over each other. Remember how back on the school stage we always thought if we laugh, shout, scream loudly its all going to be hilarious for the audience too?
The film is about three down and out brothers Chixie (Om Puri), Happy (Deepak Dobriyal) and Fancy Singh (Shreyas Talpade), with no love lost between them and who are forced to spend time together thanks to their grandfather’s will. The pay-back? Pots and pots of money. So what they do? They suffer each other’s presence, farts and all to not only win all that cash but each other’s love too.
With nothing great to say thematically one would assume the narrative or the comedy would step in. Unfortunately they don’t. A loose and aimless script roams between making a point, moving the film forward and providing laughs. It is amazing how it does that one at a time and never together, making the whole exercise even more pointless. It is almost within the first half an hour that one starts wondering when the movie will start, pick up or say something worthwhile. The wait keeps going on till the end credits roll.
The performances of the extremely talented team of lead protagonists played by Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade and Deepak Dobriyal prove that talent is nothing if not handled right. A whole film gone wrong cannot be attributed to a bad day a good actor was having. Ragini Khanna makes a decent TV to film transition but to no avail and the Punjabi super-star Yograj Singh, the father of anther super star Yuvraaj Singh hams away to no avail either.
One would like to dig for silver linings in debut projects but Teen Thay Bhai simply makes that silver lining look like the Holy Grail.