There was a time when man’s environment was composed of nature. He saw the sun rise, he saw the sun set. He moved in life according to these movements of the heavens. The cool breeze touched and caressed his face, and he was grateful for it. Not too far, a river or a lake could be found with fresh water to drink. And a forest to walk in.

No more. The city’s buildings do not permit the rising or the setting sun to be seen. The body responds to this blockage. It feels awake in the dark and sleepy in the day. It is not the cool breeze that touches our face but smoke. All around are not rivers and forests but concrete buildings, charcoal roads, and metallic vehicles. The sounds that enliven our days are not those of sparrows or of the wind in the leaves, but of horns and engines and drills.

Titli is the story of urban existence, and specifically, of its most difficult part – working-class urban existence. It is the story of an unemployed young man awkwardly named Titli, and his two elder brothers – one, a security guard and the other, doing various jobs here and there. Together, they are also car thieves. They live in a cramped, little house in a cramped, little colony. They are full of anger, frustration and anxiety. There is little beauty in their lives and little time for quiet reflection. The TV blares all the time, as if trying to out-shout the demons within them.

In the middle of all this, Titli dreams of freedom. Freedom from this cramped existence, freedom from being infected by the furies and fears of his brothers. He does not quite know what such a freedom would be, but he knows that it would not be what is around him, and he wants to get away from it.

Titli is an unsentimental but moving film about a life that is the lot of a large proportion of our city dwellers. It speaks of the brutalisation of the soul in contemporary living conditions. The disenchanted cityscape, the soulless buildings, the noise, the smoke, the anguish on the faces – the film captures all these with amazing authenticity and impresses them upon your heart, ensuring that they will not leave you for a while. Yet, although it is a stark film, it is not a film without hope.

~ by tdcatss on November 8, 2015.

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