What went into making Kanu Behl's 'Titli', a gritty east Delhi drama and a Cannes 2014 entry
Kanu Behl’s first feature film Titli, chosen to compete for the Caméra d’or in the Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes Film Festival this year, has a stormy assemblage. It’s set in an east Delhi neighbourhood—an urban cul-de-sac right at the bottom of the consumerist chain. Material abundance, employment and creature comforts are still unattainable to the family at the centre of the drama. Two brothers, played by Ranvir Shorey and debutant Shashank Arora (Titli, the film’s hero), are part of a carjacking gang. Their family of three, the two brothers and a frosty and oppressive father, are on a slow boil. A grim young woman, Titli’s wife, joins this family. The young couple want to escape, and predictably fall into a crime loop.