Titli - External Reviews
Dir: Kanu Behl
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.
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24 reviewers have given Titli an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)
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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 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 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 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 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
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