Mumbai based filmmaker Kanu Behl is making his feature film debut with ‘Titli’, a movie about the youngest member of a car-jacking brotherhood attempting to escape his oppressive family. Behl has previously directed documentaries and worked as a writer and assistant director with Dibakar Banerjee who is also a co-producer of ‘Titli’ along with Yash Raj Films.
Starring Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Shashank Arora, ‘Titli’ premiered at the Un Certain Regards section at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘Titli’ in Kanu’s words is quite a personal film; he has been working with Dibakar since 2007 and while working on another script, he pitched the idea of this film to Dibakar. He was told by his mentor that the idea wasn’t coming from the inside. This made Kanu Behl reassess his script with his co-writer Sharat Katariya, writing a film about a younger brother oppressed by an older brother who is violent and oppressive because his father might have been like that.
It was a tough film to shoot as they shot in Delhi in the peak of summers when the temperature would reach around 46 degrees. The style of shooting the film was innovative too as the actors were given the freedom they needed and Kanu and his DOP Siddharth just danced around them to catch the moment. Having Yash Raj Films on board along with Dibakar’s name attached to it has given ‘Titli’ the kind of credibility they needed to make a film fearlessly.