After directing and co-producing films such as Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has for the first time donned the producer’s hat with debutant director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba’s Teen Thay Bhai. The film whose “working title was Mad Madder Maddest” stars Om Puri, Deepak Dobriyal and Shreyas Talpade as brothers who hate each other. It talks about how they have to spend a night together and what happens during that. “It’s an evergreen comedy which will touch the hearts and psyche of people,” says Mehra.
Having worked with stars such as the Bachchans (Amitabh in Aks and Abhishek in Delhi 6) didn’t he want a bigger star? “When you cast, you have to keep in mind the requirement of the script. With this film, I want to build a bridge with the audience to take good cinema into popular category,” affirms Mehra. He adds, counter-questioning, “Is having a star an assurance to a blockbuster hit?”He doesn’t deny that a star reaches out to a lot of people but also "comes with an image" and assures that a line up of stars like this is "lesser risk as it’s not a big budget film."
Mehra says he doesn’t believe in getting a star for a subject like this just to justify a bigger budget. He says, “Om, Deepak and Shreyas are rock stars in their own right. See their track record.”
Mehra compliments the cast and crew for “having shot amidst extreme conditions in Gulmarg where the temperature would fall from 4 degrees Celsius to –5 and –10 at night”. For first three days the cast couldn’t get out of their rooms and even the diesel in the generator would freeze.
“But no one complained,” says Mehra, who went to the location for a day and later left it to the director while he “learnt skiing and skateboarding in the hill station.”