The MOUNTAIN Story

Teen Thay Bhai

Teen Thay Bhai was the first film to be shot entirely in Gulmarg.

The story of Teen Thay Bhai is not set in Gulmarg, but Rakesyh Omprakash Mehra chose the hill station nestled between the snow-clad Himalayas because he had never seen a more beautiful location. "Just before the crew left for the location, a lot of people scared me, saying kahaan jaa rahe ho. But I had gone there for an earlier recce and I found the place stunningly beautiful and there was no way I was going to change my mind," said the director, who shot 85 percent of the film over 45 days there.

Getting permission to shoot in Gulmarg, which is 52 kilometres from Srinagar, is easier than any other place in the world, according to Mehra. "The entire town of Gulmarg and the villages around came to help us when we were shooting. Even the Home Ministry and the Chief Minister were very helpful," recalled the director.

If anything played spoilsport it was the weather. In the first six days no shooting could take place because of heavy snowfall. "We entered the hotel through the lobby on the first day, but the next day we had to go out through the second floor window as the snow had piled up to that level! The army was called to clear up the snow on the roads so that we could travel to the bungalow where we were shooting. It was just 15 minutes away but we took a while to get there," said Mehra. He explained that the film which is based in the mountains, is about three brothers who hate each other but are forced to come together because of a clause in their grandfather's will.

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