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Movie Review: 'Titli' is not just a film, but a compelling experience
Unlike typical Bollywood masala, Titli is a hard-hitting family drama that is enough to give you goosebumps as the story unfolds on the silver screen. The film is written and directed by Kanu Behl, co-produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

Kanu Behl, the debut director of the film deserves all the praise for this compelling tale of a dysfunctional family in the best way possible.

Cast: Shashank Arora, Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Lalit Behl, Shivani Raghuvanshi

Director: Kanu Behl

Genre: Drama

Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

The film revolves around three brothers who are involved in a carjacking business in the reckless badlands of Delhi. The youngest of the brothers is Titli, who is craving for freedom from the family business. His desires prove futile in front of his family, that finds marrying him as the only way to change his mind. Eventually, he finds an unlikely co-conspirator in his wife who has her own story to convey.

The film is filled with lot of twists and turns and is heart wrenching at moments. In fact, you can not afford to miss a single second of what is going on the screen. Right from the start, Kanu Behl pulls out all the unruly acts as he introduces the dysfunctional family living in Delhi.

The brothers Vikram (Ranvir Shorey), Baawla (Amit Sial) and Titli (Shashank Arora) live a regretful life as they earn their bread and butter by car jacking and beating people. Vikram, the eldest one is always on an emotional rage and occasionally sheds tears at his own situation while Baawla is the middle brother who tries to mediate between Vikram and the youngest, Titli. Although cool and modest, Titli tries to get over from his oppressive family situation and wants a breath of fresh air. Titli's acts make his brothers to get him married without his consent.

Later, he finds an unlikely link with his own wife as she is also caught in her own failed dreams and crook reality. What is quite distressing is that, the two are seen developing a very weird and beneficial kind of association in an effort to escape the cord of their family origins. There are many portrayals in the film that are chilling and horrifying. For instance, Titli takes his wife to her lover, sees them going into the bedroom and sits quietly waiting for them to end their business.

As I have already mentioned that it is not a regular Bollywood drama or a wedding destination kind of film, the most part of it will take your breath out. The moment you witness the agony, crisis and helplessness of the family, soon it will make you a part of their miserable lives.

Behl had showed us the mirror to a grim reality and wonderfully presented how hope and hunch for life can exist even when the worst turns out.

Although Titli does not have any notable stars, the performance of the actors is flawless. The newcomers have done a really great job including the director of the film. Ranvir Shorey, who is already known for his great acting skills, has given a matchless expressions and his acting is truly admirable.

Besides, Arora, Raghuvanshi and Sial are fantastic as well. Above all, an uncompromising execution of the story line makes it a a must watch film. Catch a show this weekend, if you are tired of the typical Bollywood drama releasing these days. You are sure to take at least an experience from the theater.

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