In the badlands of Delhi's dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the 'family' business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to 'settle' him. Titli, finds an unlikely ally in h...more
In the badlands of Delhi's dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the 'family' business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to 'settle' him. Titli, finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots. But is escape, the same as freedom? less
“Despite being too real and offbeat in style, Titli is riveting and hard to forget.”
Titli isn’t a regular film. You might want to leave and not watch the entire film but you definitely should. The film traces the path of a young boy, Titli (Shashank Arora), who lives in the clustered, dark, dingy, dirty slum of Delhi with his two brothers and father. Titli wants to fight the conditions he is living in and wants to break free.
He has a dream, he does not want to walk on his brothers path of life. Their family makes both ends meet by stopping cars, dragging people out of it, hitting them with a hammer and robbing them off their essentials.
Titli’s dream is to own his own parking lot for which he needs a sum of 3 lac, which is a huge amount for the family, but Titli is married off to Neelu (Shivani Raghuvanshi).
Titli’s house is a house of four men and no women. His mother is dead and Vikram’s (Ranvir Shorey) wife has left the house because of his aggressive nature, which is evident from each and every scene of the film. He loses his calm very easily.
The way, Titli and Neelu, started their journey is one side of reality. Their first night starts with a scuffle between the two. Instead of the lusty moans, we hear Neelu’s bangles clanging. Instead of love making, there is wrestling. But even after a bumpy start Neelu and Titli get along for their own motives. Titli wants to elope and Neelu wants to get married to her builder boyfriend Prince (Prashant Singh).
There is no romance, no drama, no singing in the rain yet the love that Titli develops for Neelu is impressive. A sequence in the film where Titli hurts Neelu, to fracture her arm with a hammer, shows his concern and not just that it also shows the determination both of them had to run away.
However, the film ends on a very positive note of life. Titli gives up his dream because he can’t cheat Neelu. The dream he had been chasing, the dream he had lived for, the dream he knew will get him out of the life he was leading but “sometimes the heart doesn’t know what it wants until it finds what it wants.” Maybe that’s what happens with Titli.
Titli isn’t a love story but the subtle care and concern (as I might call it) that develops between the two characters, in between the race of dream chasing, can inspire you.