Cast:Deepak Dobriyal, Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade, Ragini Khanna
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
Teen Thay Bhai is a film so bewildering and tonally inconsistent that as you watch, you can only wonder: what were these people smoking? The story, about three estranged brothers who are forced to spend time together because of their grandfather’s will, must have sounded good on paper. But the film careens wildly going from slapstick to stoner comedy to high emotion to a chest-waxing scene that echoes The 40 Year Old Virgin. And yet, despite the frantic activity, it manages to be staggeringly boring.
Which, given the talent involved, is an absolute shame. The film is produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and the brothers Chixie, Happy and Fancy are played by Om Puri, Deepak Dobriyal and Shreyas Talpade.
Each one is etched with affection. The eldest Chixie is described as Bhatinda ka mashoor sadial, while Happy is a bogus dentist who diagnoses every malady as ‘shifting pain’ and Fancy, a Hollywood wannabe, is a small-time actor in Punjabi movies.
The actors, especially Dobriyal, go full throttle. Stray scenes have charm – Happy’s love story, which involves a fire and a haystack is genuinely sweet. But these moments are lost in a screenplay so flat and turgid that you barely notice.
Debutant director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba strains hard to make you laugh – Teen Thay Bhai includes everything from fart jokes to a purposefully loud Ram Leela – but I barely smiled. I’m going with one and a half star.