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.”
This is one more film which must have got a standing ovation at the film festivals for the raw depiction of the doings of a dysfunctional family in the dirty underbelly of a modern city like Delhi. Definitely not entertainment for the masses and difficult to sit through for its more than frank and gruesome depiction of violence.
It is about Ranvir Shorey and his brother living in the slums making a livelihood of carjacking after injuring occupants. An unwilling and reluctant partner in crime is Shashank Arora the younger brother called Titli who has other plans of an honest life. In order to make the hold ups easier to execute, Ranvir gets Titli married to a simple girl who is also shocked when sucked into this crime game. It later appears that she also has a personal agenda of getting back to her lover. Both Titli and his new wife have aspirations different from married life and make the best of it through a working arrangement but not before they clear many hurdles.
No doubt the film is a good exposure of the narrow lanes of the slums with the one room tenement inhabited by 4 men and a woman. So while the the rest are eating , one is brushing teeth with gurgling sounds on a high decibel few feet away. Just about everyone is wretched,desperate and scowling. The father sits stoic in a corner giving pitiful glances now and then, Ranvir and his friend are planning the next carjacking, Titli is planning to buy a parking area as a business and his wife is looking for an opportunity to skip out of the house. Each caught in his or her web. Life appears blank to each of them.They are all prisoners of destiny.
Director Kanu Behl does paint his characters as desperadoes out to fulfill their agenda while caught in adverse circumstances. He and his cameraman are out to film reality without compromise to the extent that there there is an extended puking scene in your face not to speak of the couple of extended scenes of brushing of teeth at high volume. Were they really necessary to set the mood of the film? If this is not neo realism I don’t know what is!. All I know is that it is going to put off the entertainment seeker on a Sunday and he or she is not going to speak well of the film to friends.
The film can boast of a good screenplay and some very well presented scenes a few with shock value.There are a couple of well shot scenes particularly the one at late night as the girl is leaving in a huff through the deserted lanes and Titli follows her. Some good dialogue follows forming the basis of further development. Another nice scene shows the 3 men on the bike lost in the misery of their thoughts.
Ranvir Shorey is impressive and he really brings out the frustration and desperation well. Shashank Arora is also effective as Titli with his confused and helpless state well interpreted. Others have acted well too. Cinematography and editing are of a high standard.