Cannes, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

The number of Indian entries at this year's Cannes Film Festival may not be high, but the two films in the main event and a parallel section have been praised for their refreshing style. 'Titli' by first-time director Kanu Behl and 'TrueLoveStory' by Gitanjali Rao were screened yesterday to nearly packed audiences at the festival. 'Titli', a Hindi language film about the aspirations of the young in today's India drew applause from many.

''Kanu Behl is a welcome addition to India's young and new filmmakers,'' said director Sudhir Mishra. ''There is an understanding of the style and milieu in the film,'' added the director of 'Dharavi'.

''It was a very dark film, but I was very happy for its uplifting end,'' said Julia Wessel, editor of Ishq, a magazine dedicated to Indian cinema in Germany.

'Titli' tells the story of the youngest member of a car-jacking family in East Delhi trying to escape the family business for pursuing his own ambitions. The film is part of Un Certain Regard section for discovering fresh talent and new trends in world cinema.

''It is a world that all of us know very closely,'' said Behl about the violence-filled film about Delhi's underbelly. ''After the gang rape in Delhi in December 2012, we wanted to ask, 'Where is the violence coming from?' We have tried to give a context to that violence,'' he added.

Ranvir Shorey and Behl's father Lalit Behl act in the film, which is vying for the Camera d'Or prize for the best first film of a director.

'TrueLoveStory' is a 19-minute animated short film about real life in Mumbai and the fantasy represented by Bollywood. Part of the Critics' Week parallel section of the Cannes festival. The film is directed by Mumbai-based Gitanjali Rao, who had earlier showed her first short film, 'Printed Rainbow' in the same section in 2006.

''It is a story of Mumbai, about how Bollywood influences young people, who want to be like their heroes,'' said Rao.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)