Titli director Kanu Behl wanted dad to play protagonist

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 15, 2014 16:06 IST

Kanu Behl

, whose directorial debut is set to premiere at the

67th Cannes Film Festival

, also features his father.

Apparently, Kanu asked his father, Lalit Behl, to play dad to the protagonist in the semi-autobiographical film


. A source close to director reveals, "The film, which is the only selection from India this year (in the Un Certain Regard category), has patriarchy as the central theme, and has influences from Kanu’s personal experiences. He felt his father suited the role best and insisted he be a part of his debut film."

Ask Kanu about this and he says, "Dibakar Banerjee (co-producer) called the film an 'auto story' instead of an autobiographical one. I come from a patriarchal family. My personal experiences of growing up as a teenager, and my relationship with my father were the springboard for the idea."

Titli highlights the story of a girl, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, who plots a desperate bid to escape the family business.

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