Kanu Behl, whose “Titli” premiered at the 2014 Cannes’ Un Certain Regard segment and has had festival play at Rotterdam, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro, Zurich, Hamburg, Hamburg, Seattle, Philadelphia, Gothenburg and at the AFI Fest, amongst many others, is at Busan’s Asian Project Market with his new film “Agra.”
“ ‘Titli’ was a film about family and circularity. It was about this boy struggling to exorcise the ghosts of these images getting passed on from one generation to another over the years. Similarly, ‘Agra’ is really about space – both physical and mental – in the garb of a boy struggling to prove the girl he loves actually exists. It’s really about him trying to get his family to talk about the lurking secrets and ‘unsaids’ in the house,” says Behl.
UFO Distribution released “Titli” in France where it ran for eight weeks and racked up more than 50,000 admissions. Behl developed what he describes as a “fantastic relationship” with UFO heads William Jehanin and Stephane Auclaire and consequently UFO Production is co-producing alongside Rogue Films. Behl says, “The process of finishing ‘Titli’ naturally led us to talking about what I was doing next and I realized that William and Stephane were as passionate about ‘Agra’ as I was. And just like that, we decided to make this film together.” Behl aims to raise 40% of the budgeted $1.4 million for “Agra” at Busan.
Meanwhile, “Titli” co-producer, Indian studio Yash Raj Films, will release the film across India on Oct. 30. “The idea is to speak to the family audience and get as many non-converts to watch it as possible.” Behl says.