Teen Thay Bhai is a relatively low profile film directed by newcomer Mrigdeep Singh Lamba and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film is a situational comedy set in Kashmir involves three estranged brothers regaining their kinhood. With such a theme, it’s natural to expect quirky and non-mainstream music and that’s exactly what this soundtrack delivers. Although there isn’t any one track that is a chartbuster, the compilation maintains a cohesive sound and mood. There are, however, a couple of remixed tracks towards the end to appease the dance buffs. But how well they adhere to that premise is questionable.
The album starts with Daler Mehndi lending his voice and composition skills to ‘Pigeon kabootar – teen thay bhai…’. With lyrics penned by the master Gulzar, this song harks back in spirit to ‘Ibn-e-batuta…’ from Ishqiya (2010), also penned by him. If you were looking for a more relaxed and lounge-like (unofficial) follow-up to that song, this is it. Daler’s voice is understated and calm.
‘Chakkar chakkar…’ ropes in Sukhwinder Singh for vocals and composition. The percussion is catchy and some of the bass lines are musical. But perhaps the most eclectic song of the album is ‘Mein chalna bhool gaya…’ sung by Mohit Chauhan. With its electronic feel and backup vocals — some sung in French — by Viviane Chaix, the song lives up to the film’s quirky theme. The next song, ‘Aar dariya…’ can be best termed as a folk-sounding rural number once again sung and composed by Sukhwinder.
The last original song, ‘Teen thay bhai — full mood mein…’ is fresh and innovative. It’s slow-paced, acoustic and something straight out of a western movie like True Grit. The acoustic guitar and tabla fusion is impressive, as is the music production.
What we like
Offbeat sounding music
What we don’tlike
No standout song