Titli (transl. Butterfly) is a 2014 Bollywood neo-noir drama film written and directed by Kanu Behl, and co-produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It features actors Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Shashank Arora, Lalit Behl and Shivani Raghuvanshi in the lead roles.
In Titli, Behl captures the volatility of a society where violence lies uneasily just below the surface. The directorial debut film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, The trailer was released on 29 September 2015. The film was released in India on 30 October 2015.
The international sales partner of the film is Westend Films.
Titli is the youngest member of a violent car-jacking gang in Delhi with his brothers, oldest brother Vikram and middle brother Pradeep. Titli plans to escape from his family and their line of work. While attempting to escape the clutches of his brothers with 300,000 rupees in his bag, Titli accidentally crashes a stolen car before a police checkpoint. This results in Pradeep and Titli getting nabbed by police. When they are released the next day, Titli finds out that the police have taken the money from his bag and he admits to his brothers that he was planning to run away and invest the money in a parking lot business.
Vikram forces Titli to get married to Neelu to help control him and also to introduce a woman into the gang to be used as a decoy and cover. Neelu, though married to Titli, pines for her lover Prince, a wealthy married man she is having an affair with. Titli supports Neelu’s plans to leave him for Prince if she gives Titli 250,000 rupees from her personal bank account. Eventually, Titli escapes his family’s stranglehold by anonymously reporting his brothers to the police. In the end, Neelu finds out that Prince was never planning to leave his wife for her, and Neelu and Titli get back together.
Shashank Arora as Titli
Shivani Raghuvanshi as Neelu
Ranvir Shorey as Vikram
Amit Sial as Pradeep
Lalit Behl as Daddy
Prashant Singh as Prince
Eknoor Chawla as Daughter