WOW! This was a powerful watching experince. Delhi Noir.
I haven't been that emotionally drained after watching a Bollywood film
since i saw Gulaal. Raw Power
A Brilliant indie drama about a Family and where the youngest brother
wants to escape from it's clutches
and start his own life without crime and constant aggression. Watching
the sleeve i suspected some sort
of a black comedy about a sociopathic family, but i got something else.
Well, if you've an advanced black
humour then maybe the extremely violence proned older brothers could
be seen as tragi-comical - The
Brothers from Hell. But NO, the scene everybody will remember was anything
but funny, and came as a
surprise, in fact it's one of the most disturbing i've seen for a long
long time .... Nasty.
The Great director, scriptwriter and producer Anurag
Kashyap, he's really on fire over how much he liked
this film and on the extra-disc he's the one doing all the interviews
with the cast and the crew. If a visionary
filmmaker as AK likes a film that much - then you better take notice.
Titli is without a doubt the best indian film i've
seen for some time and one of the best films i've seen the
latest years with Ugly and Badlapur (because of Nawazuddin's performance
there) and maybe the best
indie Bollywood film i've seen since Miss Lovely and Gangs of Wasseypur
Titli (Shashank Arora) lives in a poor neighbourhood
with his 2 elder brothers Vikram (Ranver Shorey) and
Bavla (Amit Sayal) and his father (Lalit Behl, the director's father)
somewhere in Delhi (or Dilli nowadays?)
In the start of the film we see him with a friend looking at a building
under construction, where he wants
to start his own business (as a parking lot owner, i'm not sure?).
Back home his oldest brother Vikram prepares a festivity for his little
daughter's birthday, his wife has left
him already, and when a deliveryman of some goods annoys him Vikram
attacks and beats the crap out
of him and everything ends in sorrow with his wife walking away disgusted
with the little girl.
Vikram is a psychopath and Ranver Shorey
plays the role with frightening skill, he's intensely scary, and
he and his younger brother are also criminals and underlings in some
gang. Young Titli has to help out his
brothers in their deed and also he is on his way into the world of crime.
Titli and Vikram (above pic)
That's why he wants out. Away from this hell hole. But
the brothers won't release him from their clutch
that easily. They've a plan to keep him in the family and arranges a
wedding with Neelu (sensational new-
comer Shivani Raghuvanshi, she's fantastic in her first film) and then
they will get a female servant also
to serve them food and serve herself to Titli so he will be content
and stay with his dear brothers.
Titli Weds Neelu (maybe as a paraphrase on the popular
film Tanu Weds Manu ?) and they sit propped
up the same way with a sign over them just as in that film, with the
difference that they both look very
miserable. Then that scene happens and both Titli and Neelu wants out,
she to her lover (her married
cousin) and Titli to another part of the town, far away from his brothers
where he can start a new life
Will they succeed ? Or is it to late ? Has Titli been
damaged too much already growing up in a family of
criminality and violence ? Will there be a Feel Good ending or Feel
Bad ending, or something in between?
widescreen 1.85:1 with hindi 5.1 or 2.0 audio with english subtitles
and an extra disc with bonus stuff
Extras Disc 2 with interesting Round Table talk between Anurag Kashyap
and the cast & crew:
1. 60 minutes interviews but without
subs .... nooooooo ..... Anurag, why ? You got an international
following for sure, but luckily (as usual with Bollywood extras) there's
some english thrown in now and
then during the talks. The Cast Part 1 & 2 are mostly in hindi,
The Crew talks in english and finally the
talk with the producer Dibakar Banerjee and director/scriptwriter Kanu
Behl are in a mix between the 2.
There's some interesting stuff here about the
New Age Cinema, indie filmmaking and the extremely
successful producer (and director) Banerjee says he must produce indie
films now and then to feel free
2. Music Video 3. Theatrical trailer and 4. Character