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‘Titli’ one of the best directorial debuts ever: Dibakar

Dibakar Banerjee

Mumbai:  Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee, who has produced his protege Kanu Behl’s family film “Titli”, has called it one of the best directorial debuts ever.

“I’m producing ‘Titli’ because I couldn’t direct it. I wish I did. But unfortunately, I couldn’t have bettered Kanu’s intensity, talent and vision.

“So this was the next best option. To produce one of the best directorial debuts ever… ‘Titli’ takes off where ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ leaves off and then throws it out of the ballpark,” Dibakar said in a statement.

Behl was the writer on Dibakar’s “Love Sex aur Dhokha”. He was also one of the assistant directors on “LSD” and “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye”.

“Titli” is being presented by Yash Raj Films. It stars newcomers Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi, actors Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl.

The film is a tale of a dysfunctional family from Delhi and a man’s struggle to escape his oppressive environment.

“It has been an interesting association with Dibakar over all these years and I’ve had much to learn. We’re both excited and looking forward to ‘Titli’ release.

“It’s a film made with all my blood and guts in it and I’m keen to find out how the audiences will react to it,” said Behl, who has also co-written the film with “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” director Sharat Katariya.

‘Titli’s editor Namrata Rao edited “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye” and “Love Sex Aur Dhoka”.

The movie made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes International Film Festival last year. It is set to release on October 16.

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