Titli - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Noir taken to such a grim level that you disconnect after a bit and begin to look at it as someone narrating a gruesome story. Unfortunately, the story and its characters are just that – gruesome, not interesting.

Reviews

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24 reviewers have given Titli an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

19 yays
1 nays
4 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...It is but natural for Dibakar to back a film that shares his cinematic worldview. The pleasant surprise here is that Titli’s co-producer is Aditya Chopra, whose directorial blockbusters so far are the polar opposite of this film. The Dibakar-Aditya collaboration bodes well for the future of filmmaking in the country. Together they have introduced us to an important new voice in Indian cinema with Titli. Welcome to the national scene, Kanu Behl. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Sorry, I am getting lyrical over a film that scoffs at all lyricism... full review

Thumbs up by Preetii Kulkarni, Bollywood Life ...Go watch this film now! But again we must warn you that it is not for the faint hearted. You will get some food for thought after watching it, we guarantee. Prepare to battle with some uncomfortable questions about your existence later. ... full review

Thumbs up by BIPRORSHEE DAS, BookmyShow ...Titli must feature on your must-watch list of movies simply because it will be a long time before you are treated to such superb performances and effective storytelling at the movies again. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...The screenplay is brilliant. It not only packs in more commentary on patriarchy than a week-long seminar, but the sights and sounds it catches add disturbingly discordant notes. The violence in the film will get discussed a lot. But in two bone-chilling scenes that will leave you cold even when you think of them later, a lot gets revealed. In the food chain, these three brothers sit squished towards the bottom, feeling the burden of millions on top. Their anger at having to crouch is scarily visible when they attack those better off than them. For those few minutes, when they are bludgeoning those on top of them, they seem to enjoy it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Yatharth Chauhan , Desi Martini ...Verdict - A difficult watch for all the right reasons! ... full review

So-So by Kritika Goel , Desi Martini ...Verdict - No one can clip the colorful wings of Titli. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bryan Durham, DNA ...Not an easy film to watch, Titli sheds light on a microcosm within a microcosm, where frustration and sheer helplessness dictate actions and reactions. In the end, it all comes down to choosing between a known devil and an unknown devil. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...As for Titli the film, the future in a mainstream movie environment looks bleak. If you seek entertainment and/or stories with redemption look elsewhere. But if cynicism and hopelessness excite you, this is the movie for you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...Whether Titli, the reluctant brother, transforms into a butterfly and flies away or not, there is certainly no escaping from Behl’s non-apologetic, brutal and bloody tale. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ... unfortunately it’s not an experience that one can come out of the theatre raving about. The emotional cost is just a little too high to be bearable.... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, fullhyd.com ...However, this and the indifference to entertainment (which Banerjee would always slip in his films for good measure) can make Titli a difficult watch. This is one of those movies where the director is doing their own thing and we're merely invited as spectators, not consumers. If you are quite clear with yourself that your ticket money doesn't have to translate into certain euphoria, you can watch Titli for its splendid storytelling and also the mostly bitter story it has to tell. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The end scene beautifully loops to the opening scene to bring the movie into perspective. For those who love their cinema 'real', it cannot get better than TITLI.... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Kanu Behl’s Titli is the most impressive film of this year so far. Its tryst with reality will keep you hooked till the end, to say the least. Titli is the latest gem from evolving Indian cinema. Don’t even think of missing it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...Titli works because it is not just a poignant character study of an angry young man but also an incisive and intense family drama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Hope is in short supply in Titli. So are the other comforts we’re conditioned to expect in our movies: things like beauty, warmth, humanity. This is hardly an indictment of Kanu Behl’s film, which screened at Cannes in 2014 and is now getting a theatrical release here under the unlikely banner of Yash Raj Films. It is simply to say that the universe Titli inhabits is noxious and violent, and it never flinches or softens in its running time of nearly 2 hours. In a press conference last month, Behl warned that this would not be a “cathartic film”. He wasn’t kidding. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Ranvir Shorey is in great form as his expressions admirably switch from mad rage to utter despair in matter of seconds. Arora, Raghuvanshi and Sial are fantastic. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/titli---movie-review/16640159#sthash.PXJalBXg.dpuf... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...All said and done, Behl's dark, brutal and quite unapologetic 'Titli' is certainly worth a watch, provided you are not a faint-hearted cinephile. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...In a film in which nobody smiles, Raghuvanshi’s character embodies the sole ray of hope and the debutante makes no false moves. The same is true of the film as a whole. Titli is an unflinching, insightful chronicle of our times. Do not miss it. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Arora isn’t a bad actor and wears his inscrutability consistently, but a film like this needs a preternatural talent tugging it along, someone meteoric and jawdropping, like a Gael Garcia Bernal maybe. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Perhaps morality is the privilege of a few, it seems to say. Whether you agree or not is irrelevant; what matters is whether the film talks to you and moves you. And this one does significantly! ... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: Titli is a must watch film for one & all albeit strictly not recommended for weak hearted persons.... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Bottomline: Using a hammer like a scalpel, Kanu Behl cuts through the basic unit of a patriarchal society.... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...Titli is not for the faint-hearted as it not only introduces you but makes you feel a part of the family that gives you the creeps. ... full review