Movie: Teen Thay Bhai

Cast: Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade, Deepak Dobriyal.

Director: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

Jagran Rating:  Disappointing

Story line:  After making films based on social issues like ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Delhi 6’, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have tried his hand at comedy with his latest production 'Teen Thay Bhai'.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures’ ‘Teen Thay Bhai’, directed by debutante Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, is the story of three brothers Chiksi Gill (Om Puri), Happy Gill (Deepak Dobriyal) and Fancy Gill (Shreyas Talpade). Chiksi Gill, who owns a small shop in Punjab, marries a woman faking to be a big businessman.

Dentist Happy Gill is another character whose patients keep cursing him. He is in love with Gurleen (Ragini Khanna) since childhood. Fancy Gill is a struggling film actor in the Punjabi film industry and he dreams of making it big in Hollywood one day, despite his pathetic English.

These three brothers cannot tolerate each other at all.

Their grandfather dies, leaving behind property worth crores of rupees. But there is a twist.

To inherit the property there is an imposed condition that they have to spend an entire day together in their granddad’s bungalow on his death anniversary. What happens once they reach the house- is what the drama is all about.

Thumbs up: Om Puri’s acting as a loud Punjabi man is effortless. Shreyas Talpade is earnest and sincere. Deepak Dobriyal gives convincing performance. Ragini Khanna gets very little scope to act but she is okay.

The music given by three composers is average; Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot and Rajat Dholakia have teamed well. The Chakkar chakkar song, composed by Sukhwinder Singh, is the best number. Gulzar’s lyrics are appealing. Ashok Mehta's camerawork is really admirable. However, Yograj Sing’s (Yuvraj Singh’s father) debut in Bollywood as Punjabi ‘Dadaji’ is worth a watch.

Thumbs down: Though the genre of the film is comedy, the jokes fail to impress the audience and anecdotes seem to be forcefully placed in the script. The effort of the writer to make us laugh also leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

The scenes are often too lengthy, which fail to evoke humour. Mrigdeep Singh Lamba’s directorial skill is not at all convincing as the film has too many loosely edited scenes. The story line is poor.

(*Bad, **Disappointing, ***Average, ****Good, *****Excellent)

JPN/Bureau