Making Indian cinema proud is the Kanu Behl directed film ‘Titli’ which was this year Cannes International Film Festival's official selection. ‘Titli’ was among the films selected for screening in the festival's Un Certain Regard section, which helps encourage new film-makers and showcase new trends in world cinema. ‘Titli’ is Kanu Behl’s first feature film and has been co-produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films. It was competing for the Camera d'Or award for the Best First Feature Film at Cannes.
The film is based on the story of a young man named Titli who wants to break free of his bandit family's criminal ways. Set in East Delhi, ‘Titli’ is about violence in the Capital and how young people react to it in their daily lives. The role of Titli is played by debutant actor Shashank Arora while actor Ranvir Shorey plays the role of his hot-headed big brother.
After the screening of ‘Titli’ at Cannes, film-maker Sudhir Mishra, who was also present there was all praise for Behl. Complimenting the debutant director he said, “Kanu Behl is a welcome addition to the young new film- makers in today's India. There is certainly an understanding of the style and milieu in the director's mind.”