An excellent cast ensemble adds value to a film but the benchmark of a successful movie is its script. 3 Thay Bhai is an interesting tale, as far as the basic premise goes. The concept is interesting too but due to a miserable script, you tend to lose interest as soon as it builds up.
The film is about three brothers down on their luck and out of money. The eldest, Chixie (Om Puri), is dubbed “Bhatinda ka mashoor sadial”, while Happy (Deepak Dobriyal) is a bogus dentist who diagnoses every problem as “shifting pain”, and Fancy (Shreyas Talpade) is a Hollywood wannabe and an insignificant actor in Punjabi movies.
They meet after many years when their grandfather dies and his will is being read. Miraculously, their inheritance will free them from their financial worries. But there is a catch. The brothers will get the estate only if they spend an entire night at the cabin on the estate together along with their grandfather’s ashes. They are required to repeat this ceremony every year for three years. The brothers comply with this and what happens when they meet for the final time forms the crux of the film.
Debutant director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba tries very hard to make you laugh but fails. He could have worked wonders with an ensemble case such as Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade and Deepak Dobriyal but he fails to capture their essence.
The music is all right but the two snail-paced songs could have been handled better. The sets and costumes are good. Editing is sharp. Cinematography is excellent. Background music is apt.
However, several scenes in the second half are not credible and the screenplay is weak, leaving the actors little scope to flaunt their talent. The proceedings are sometimes so slow, it feels as if the film is ‘stuck’. Take, for instance, the scene where the trio is eating weed parathas and dancing away to glory. It’s way over the top. As for the climax, well, it’s far too immature. The goose chase between the police and the brothers, where the animal welfare authorities intervene, is repugnant.
There are some funny scenes but they are very few. The scene that showcases Deepak Dobriyal’s love story, involving a fire and a haystack, is adorable. But these moments are lost in a screenplay that is so dull, you almost miss the few comedy capers.
Besides all the commotion, the flashpoints between the three brothers are not enjoyable. They are repetitive and regardless of a handful of good one-liners, old gags have been reused, which fail to evoke laughter.
Performance-wise, Om Puri plays his part with panache. Shreyas Talpade’s performance is good but his character is too naïve to be credible. Deepak Dobriyal is outstanding. Yograj Singh makes his presence felt and his natural Punjabi accent makes his character likable and appealing. Ragini Khanna does well.