If Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is to be believed, 75% of the investment on his production Teen Thay Bhai has already been recovered. Made on a budget of 7.5-8 crores, the film has already recovered 5.5 crores, hence making him hopeful that the film would be in a plus even if there is bare minimum business at the box office.
Says Mehta whose last film was a biggie Delhi 6 that hadn’t done too well at the box office, “For Teen Thay Bhai, I didn’t go for stars and hence could make the film in a limited budget. I remembered my own philosophy of ‘refraining from wearing a kaala chashma’ that I had propagated in Delhi 6.”
When asked what exactly did he mean by this, Mehra philosophizes, “Somehow we film makers wear these black glasses from which we end up seeing only big stars. But then there is a world beyond that as well, something I wanted to explore with Teen Thay Bhai. Why to increase costs when you can make your film with good actors who may not necessarily as stars?”
Resultantly, actors like Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade and Deepak Dobriyal were roped in which brought the film’s budget down. Also, the film wasn’t set on a lavish scale and the setting was restricted as well.
“That was the idea”, says Mehra, “…and it worked for us. Since cost was not an issue, we could sell the film at reasonable rates. Commercially the film is a safe bet for us. We would want it to do bumper business theatrically but even if it does limited business, we are not worried. There is no pressure of release as we are not playing a gamble.”
“Well, Teen Thay Bhai hasn’t been made for weekend business. It has a potential to hang on”, he says hopefully, “Then there are satellite and home video avenues as well. I am positive about the film reaching out to its audience either through the big or small screen.”