written by Souranath Banerjee
My Ratings: 4.2/5.
Throughout the film, even when there is no actual violence shown, there is a sense of muffled tension and subdued hostility that tends to suffocate the audience.
Finally i had the privilege to watch the most anticipated film of this year!
A film that was completed mid last year (2014) and since then it has being taking the rounds of numerous international festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival; a film that makes Indian Cinema proud – Titli.
‘har family, family nehi hoti’
Residing in the dark underbelly of Delhi is this unique family of three brothers and their retired elderly father, who by profession are all car-jackers. They forcefully stop cars and violently rob the people inside.
The youngest brother among them is named Titli.
Though Titli regularly takes part in the dangerous episodes of their brutal family profession, he secretly has plans to escape. And his quest for freedom is what propels the dark film ahead – into more darkness!
Throughout the film, even when there is no actual violence shown, debutant director Kanu Bhel has managed to maintain a sense of muffled tension and subdued hostility that tends to suffocate the audience.
And that’s the most important achievement of Titli.
Brilliant work by cinematographer Siddharth Diwan and editor Namrata Rao. The claustrophobic feel of the dingy rooms in comparison to the wide shots of Delhi-skyscrapers make young Titli’s yearning for freedom more real and desirable.
Apart from excellent direction and script, the reason for the film’s success is the brilliant performances by each and every actor. Thanks to casting director Atul Mongia.
Debutant Shashank Arora has done a terrific job in portraying the anger and ruthlessness, and also the frustration and helplessness of the lead character Titli.
But Ranvir Shorey is one actor who has reinvented himself through this film, or may be been utilized to his full potential – outstanding performance!
The actors were allowed to explore the scenes and improvise as there was no proper scripts provided on the set!
Gritty circumstances and such casual aggressiveness, unpredictable characters and their selfish motives, so damn real and mean.
Titli is an experience, disturbing and totally worth it.