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Teen Thay Bhai  : Trio that tortures
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Black comedy
Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade, Deepak Dobriyal
A homegrown comedy with scores of loose ends, it gives you enough time to eat your popcorn, update your BBM and even finish your coke.

The plot: Three brothers who can’t stand each other because of deep-rooted grudges – Chixy Gill (Om Puri), Happy Gill (Deepak Dobriyal) and Fancy Gill (Shreyas Talpade) – are forced to spend time together to get their inheritance. To fulfill the prerequisites of their grandad’s will, they must spend one day together for the next three years. There’s forced mayhem in the final year, signing off with a laborious happy ending where they forge ties of brotherly love.

The good: It’s encouraging that such stories are attempted by new directors and supported by big banners. There’s a tolerable performance by Deepak Dobriyal while Shreyas and Om Puri are competent. Ragini Khanna pulls off her Punjab di kudi role with flair. It suits her vivacious personality. A surprise package is Dadaji (over) played by Yograj Singh (cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father). The snow-laden scenes are beautifully captured by Ashok Mehta, making Kashmir look enticing. The music and background score are upbeat and the lyrics are amusing, suiting the genre of the film.

The not-so-good: The first half tries hard – and fails – to bring on laughter. The second half is haphazard and logic goes for a toss. Too many characters never make for good comedy, nor do excessive misunderstandings and not-so-great gags. Even the hope of a dramatic climax quickly fades.  Unfortunately the story keeps rotating like the rotating crane scene at the end. Some tweaking here and there and crisp editing may have saved this comedy-cum-melodrama.
It’s recommended you catch up on an IPL match instead or head for your gaming console.

Unless of course you are a compulsive viewer of comedies, any kind of comedy, even the desperately un-funny variety.
– Pooja Thakkar
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