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Titli : Brace yourself for a gut wrenching Film
Oct 31, 2015 07:14 PM 5030 Views





#Titli: There exists two India. One that is suave, progressive, an India that is surrounded by malls & multiplexes, that drives Mercedes, which talks about digitalization, enjoys the benefits of economic liberalization, promotes or at least pretends to endorse feminism. And then there is another India, that struggles everyday to meet two ends, that takes pride in patriarchy, where relationship tend to become dysfunctional . While we may carelessly ignore it, yet both the places co- exist. Several obnoxious slum windows in many cities open straight into the skyscrapers built just opposite to them. Beneath the superficial harmonious co-existence lies the vulnerable aspiration of many who want to escape away from a ruined present and create a better future.

Growing up in the latter India, just a bit away from an India that seems shining, Titli’s constant effort   was to break away from his family and the world of crime. His quest is for a life with dignity and his dry eyes capture his quest hauntingly. But is it just about escaping from a weird family or is it also about letting go the morbid values he has inherited from them or from the society he has been part of. Is the quest just for escaping   to a better world or to become a better human being? In his pursuit to lead a better life and accumulate money for it, he too manipulated and allowed himself to be exploited till he realized the transformation could not be complete unless the “means” to achieve it is right.

In spite of a bit over indulgence Kanu Behl’s direction is scintillating. He brings out the gut wrenching chemistry of a disjointed family that leads its life in an absolutely unapologetic way. In the struggle for survival, in the world of aspiration, remorse doesn’t have a place. While his elder brother Bawla cries, Titli listens to it indifferently and his wife sleeps peacefully. There is an emotional vacuum everywhere. Relationships are based on needs. Titli takes his wife to meet her love Prince. While they make love, Titli waits patiently in the living room- like the display furniture in the model flat he too is not part of the standard fixture!

Ranvir Shorey has given the performance of his career and Shivani Raghuvanshi as Neelu is the show stealer. Shashank Arora’s desperate eyes reflect his inner suffocation. Yet as Titli, this constant expression doesn’t do justice to his talent. Namrata Rao’s editing could have been better.

Titli is not an easy film to watch, yet it is an important film that needs to be watched. It reflects a part of society, we ignore blissfully. It is a powerful film that showcases family in a way, very few films, barring Udaan have dared to present.

I will go out with 3 out of five for Kanu Behl’s gut wrenching Titli. Go brace yourself and fasten your seat belt. This for sure is going to be a turbulent flight!

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