Year of Production:
Urban Crime Drama
Country of Origin:
Running Time:
125 mins.
Kanu Behl
Shashank Arora, Ranveer Shorey, Amit Sial, Lalit Behl, Shivani Raghuvanshi
Yash Raj Films, Dibakar Banerjee Productions

In the badlands of Delhi's underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the 'family' business. His schemes are thwarted by his unruly brothers, who marry him off against his will. But Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, Neelu, who nurtures her own frustrated dreams. They form a strange, mutually exploitative pact to break the stranglehold of their family roots. But is escape the same as freedom?

'The most exciting film I saw in Cannes [..]. Raw energy, passion and amazingly confident storytelling. Watching it was like seeing Mean Streets or City of God for the very first time - you really feel this could be the start of something big, just the kind of new voice and style of Indian cinema we've been waiting for'
– Jason Solomons, BBC NEWS

'Kanu Behl makes a grittily impressive noir debut'

'Kanu Behl strikes a nice balance between irony and social realism. [..] Behl shows talent directing a largely non-pro cast, situating them carefully in the squalor of their Delhi surroundings [..]. An enjoyable, character-driven Indian yarn about an emotional family of criminals gets better as it goes on'

La ópera prima del director indio ha ganado hoy la Butaca de oro del Premio Principado de Asturias al mejor largometraje del Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón.

Titli, la ópera prima del director hindú Kanu Behl, ha ganado hoy la...

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Tehran, Nov 29, IRNA – The best film award of the 2014 Malatya Film Festival in Turkey was presented to Indian film Titli with Iranian comedian Reza Attaran as one of the juries for the Main Competition section.

The 2014 Bollywood drama...

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The rising profile of Indian indies on the international scene receives another boost with Kanu Behl’s grittily impressive noir debut, “Titli.” Set within the claustrophobic confines of a criminal family in a...

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05/25/2014 - E. Nina Rothe

For me, there is always a film within a festival that defies all expectations. Of course, to even choose a film from a catalogue of hundreds, it has to be on my radar for a few reasons (some truly mundane) which...

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Kaleem Aftab - May 21, 2014

Has Cannes discovered India’s version of Martin Scorsese? Titli, produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by the 33-year-old Kanu Behl, made its debut in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes...

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LLC Editorial - May 3, 2014

Long Live Cinema was created to make a space for discussion and provocation on alternate cinema and good cinema in general. Our effort is to highlight such films and bring these films for discussion into a wider...

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Patrick Frater
Asia Bureau Chief - MAY 20, 2014 | 06:31AM PT

Gritty family story is a world away from "The Lunchbox" or Bollywood sugar coatings.

Presented this week in Un Certain Regard, Kanu Behl’s “Titli...

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12:48 PM PDT 5/20/2014 by Deborah Young

The Bottom Line
An enjoyable, character-driven Indian yarn about an emotional family of criminals gets better as it goes on.

A boy from a family of car-jackers and his...

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20 May, 2014 | By Dan Fainaru

As far away from the classic spirit of Bollywood as any Indian film could wish to be, Kanu Behi’s fiercely uncompromising look at the underbelly of Delhi and its dwellers is – while never pretty - a...

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By Ambarish Ganesh on May 13, 2014

At the core of the film ‘Titli’ is a young boy who wishes to escape the clutches of a oppressive brother and an illegal car-jacking family business. He plans, plots, cheats and maybe even kills to run...

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Release information

French Distributor

UFO Distribution
Release Date:
25th February 2015