Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Titli (2014)

[**** stars / *****]

What would you do if you were born into a family of carjackers and robbers? Titli, set in Dehli's dark, discarded underbelly is a stark, gritty, engaging, Kanu Bhel-directed dark drama on what it is to be born into a family of criminals. 

Titli (translated 'butterfly') is the hapless younger brother (Shashank Arora), scheming to flutter away for good. His brothers get him forcibly married instead. Soon, the new bride (Shivani Raghuvanshi) is a terrified, unwilling accomplice to the family business.

Arora, Raghuvanshi, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl are all good, Ranvir Shorey is stand out terrific as the cold-hearted, fearsome elder brother

Watch it for the unusual story arc, splendid performances and intoxicating whiffs of cinema.  

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