So here’s the big news, Indian film Titli has not only been chosen under ‘Un Certain Regard’ section for this year’s Cannes. Also, it has stunned viewers when it was premiered at the French film festival recently.
Screened at the Salle Debussy hall, Titli treated international audience to a subject and setting that they were unfamiliar to. So, someone who was anticipating for a gentle storyline, a restrained Satyajit Ray film or light-hearted subject like ‘The Lunchbox’, was certainly blown away by the image of markedly aggressive civilization.
The ‘Un Certain Regard’ section, which runs parallel to the core contest, identifies the diverse and novel work by upcoming directors. The section opened with Party Girl, followed by Lost River, Tourist, Show In Paradise, The Salt of the Earth, Run, Jauja, Incompresa’, Fantasia, Charlie’s Country, The Blue Room, Bird People and Amour fou.
Synopsis of Titli
Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, debutante director Kanu Behl shows Titli in an unusual setting of the inhospitable Delhi. The focal point of the movie is Titli (Shashank Arora) who is beaten by his big brothers, Vikram (Ranvir Shorey) and Baawla (Amit Sial) on the slightest ruse. He is quite ill-treated that he sets on to follow them and becomes a gifted ruffian.
The brothers resolve that the best means to keep Titli in check is to tie the knot with a young Neelu (Shivani Raghuvansh). However, Titli discovers an improbable partner in his spouse, who is trapped in maze of warped truth and conflicting dreams. The couple forms a weird and favorable partnership only to brazen out their disappointment and to flee from the obligations of their family roots.
In the past other Indian films that have left a strong impression on international audiences are Do Bigha Zameen (1953), Pather Panchali(1955), Salaam Bombay (1988) and The Lunchbox (2013). Where Gangs of Wasseypur got a standing ovation at the Cannes, The Lunchbox went on to bag the Grand Rail d’Or. With hopes that resolute movies such as Titli, India is all set to make a lasting impression at the Cannes and film enthusiasts across the globe.