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Teen Thay Bhai

A good idea irreparably wasted and everything in this tedious torture of a film is supposed to be ‘funny’

Written by Rajiv Vijayakar | Mumbai |
April 22, 2011 8:33:48 pm

Meet Happy Gill aka Paaji (Om Puri),a naada (pyjama string) merchant,Chiksi Gill (Deepak Dobriyal),a clumsy dentist who is in debt and Fancy Gill (Shreyas Talpade),a struggling actor who is sure of making it to Hollywood. The three brothers cannot stand each other and live separately. But they must,however,come together without animosity and spend a night every year for three years in a remote mountain house built by Dadaji,with an urn of his ashes for company! If they comply,they stand to get crores to improve their lives and fulfil any dreams they have!

The film details the happenings in the final crucial year when things begin to go horribly wrong in every way they can. The mountain house and surroundings are engulfed by snow,there is a mysterious stranger around,a bevy of foreign girls and men who are into drugs are in the vicinity as are vicious policemen prone to torturing suspects out of sheer sadism. Above all,the negativity between the siblings dominates.

A good idea irreparably wasted,everything in this tedious torture of a film is supposed to be ‘funny’. And that adjective is supposed to apply equally to childish humour,cliched one-liners,sadistic violence as well as black comedy,or what is supposed to be black comedy.

At two hours,the film becomes insufferable even before interval,and any faint hope of a connect or any kind of sense (if not sensitivity) is extinguished in the way this disaster unravels its apology of a script in the second half. Bizarre and brainless are tepid words to describe what happens in this most crucial part of this celluloid waste-product. It is possible that at some point we may get a glimmer of intelligence in a bad,no-brainer mainstream comedy,but do not hope for anything like that here.

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Nothing salvages this film,not the performances (Deepak is better than anyone else,though), not the ho-hum music and not the technical aspects. The film has not more than ten instances of genuine chuckles from situations or lines,and Lamba joins the long list of newbie directors since 2007 who can be best described as completely and intentionally disconnected with their consumers: the audience.

Rating: *

One star for Deepak Dobriyal.

rajiv.vijayakar@expressindia.com

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