DVD That Girl in Yellow Boots

DVD That Girl in Yellow Boots
DVD That Girl in Yellow Boots

Run time: 103 min
Rating: 6.7
Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Anurag Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin
Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Prashant Prakash, Naseeruddin Shah
After the passing of her mother and the suicide of her 15-year old sister, Britain-based Ruth Edscer travels to Mumbai, India, to try and locate her father, Arjun Patel. She manages to find employment with a massage parlor where she not only earns a wage but charges Rs.1000/- for a illicit services from her affluent male clients. She has been made aware that she cannot be hired unless and until she is granted a official work permit, so regularly attends the Foreigners Registration Office to extend her stay, while making herself familiar with the culture and ‘donations’. Challenges follows after a confrontation with a gangster, Chittiappa Gowda, who not only assaults her but also takes away her savings, as her boyfriend, Prashant, owes him money. While getting even with Prashant, she finds out that her father had changed his name, is now known as Benjamin, and maybe residing in Versova. She does locate the building – but nothing will prepare for the shock when she finds out who he … Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)
Plot Keywords: india, gangster, foreigner, massage parlor, massage
Country: India
Release Date: 27 November 2011 (UK)


  1. Steve Jobs, the 'ex' CEO of Apple Inc. once said, "It isn't consumers' job to know what they want." This mantra fits well for the new age cult filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has drawn a strong line between the mainstream and the parallel with all his movies as a director or a writer. Following those words, made them respected names in their arenas.

    His latest offering That Girl In Yellow Boots, co-written by Kalki, is "socially" not intended for the audience we see in this country. God knows how he arrived at the concept of this movie…may be after getting intoxicated and sunken into the pervert sex stories? After scripting this idea and actually materializing it into a feature film needs gutsy balls. Said it. Indian producers are obviously not that ballsy to produce it, only if they get time and money from puke-like sugar candies and silly remakes. So valid is the irony of this filmmaking: 13 days to shoot the entire film and 2 years to release it! Coming upon the movie, Ruth Edscer (played by Kalki) in her metaphoric Yellow Boots is trapped in labyrinthine Mumbai, in search of a man who she hasn't seen since childhood and he also happens to be her father. In this quest, she comes across men of all kind- some "Men is Dog" kind at foreigner's registration office, a generous Diwakar (Naseeruddin Shah) at the massage parlor with the name "Aspaspa" where she works without a permit, his druggie boyfriend Prashant (Prashant Prakash), gang-man Chittiappa (Gulshan Devaiya) are some to mention. The numerous male characterization sets layers for the story to proceed: Makarand Deshpande as post master, Ronit Roy as a humble but unhelpful policeman, Piyush Mishra as a rickshaw-wallah and also Rajat Kapoor.

    Fixed with the plot, the film runs for around 1hour 30 minutes with each frame mellowed with dark creativity of arts and lights (reason: low production this time, may be) adds a charm to the kind of the tale it is paced to tell. Rajeev Rai's camera work with some guerrilla technique shots, trademarks the Anurag Kashyap kind of filming. Editing by Shweta Venkat and the parallel storytelling carves to enter the dark psyche of the protagonist. The debut music director Naren Chandavarkar grips harder onto the film with the background score- a striking folk genre sung by Shilpa Rao to portray the lead Ruth.

    Performances of almost every character, as they appear on the screen, hits hard – be it Makarand Deshpande only for seconds or Naseer Saab in all his short appearances. The other support Prakash and Chittiappa are worth watch. And to find a humor in this dark tale, there is Maya as the manger of Aspaspa, played by Puja Swaroop. Kalki is thrilling as Ruth, speaks with silence and her eyes.

    Kashyap, as always, asks his audience to feel the movie rather than to enjoy it. And, once you are sunken into the concept he pictures here, you are shocked with its disturbing climax. With the Indian Censor Board passing this concept and National Film Development Corporation producing it, I see some maturity in them and expects the same from the audience. Digest this. Have Gelucil. No puking.

    An urge to the Bollywooders: If a director, known for his critically acclaimed work, risks it with his future on stake and has balls enough to throw an idea beyond the scope of Bollywood that producers will never risk, isn't it your job as a part of liberal cinema lovers to see the bar rising just at the cost of a movie ticket and some time? Like. Dislike. Your say. Ideas need to be projected.

  2. With "That Girl in Yellow Boots", Anurag Kashyap moves into what is known as the International art-house circuit. Films here are generally about weird out of place characters stuck in emotional turmoil. Generally sexuality or the abuse of it is the undercurrent theme of most of these films. Most characters are depraved and yet seemingly deep. Most importantly most of it is about people who you will never meet or never know in real life. The situations and locations in the films will be so out of place that you will trouble identifying with almost all of them. These films are bold and more often than not for the sake of being bold.

    "That Girl in Yellow Boots" is all of the above. Shot extensively well it tells a poignant story of an English girl Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who is illegally in India. She is searching for her father who left her and her mother a long time ago. To sustain herself and pay the bribes to the authorities she works in a massage parlor where she also earns a quick thou on every hand job she does. To add to this dreary existence is a cocaine addicted boyfriend (an unknown Prashant Prakash) and a Kannada gangster (a brilliant Gulshan Devaiya last seen in Shaitan) looking to get his money back.

    Many other world weary characters come and go. Like the annoyingly loquacious massage receptionist who keeps flirting on the phone (a superb Pooja Swarup), an old fatherly figure (Naseeruddin Shah) who only comes to the parlor for a good clean massage and a slimy inspector who keeps turning up and demanding money (for what reasons we are never told).

    Amidst all of this the film becomes a list of interlaced seemingly disconnected scenes of either Ruth massaging (read pleasuring) someone or searching for her father by finding his namesake who has the same occupation as her father.

    The film pretty much has a solid Kalki in every frame. She lights up at every opportunity that brings her nearer to her father and at the same time makes you realize her frustration as someone who is constantly meeting expectations of strangers. It is a wonderfully dark role and Kalki's silence at most times speaks volumes.

    Anurag Kashyap as usual frames each shot with much care but one can't help but wonder that he seems to have blurred the line between shocking us through realistic characters in extraordinary situations and shocking us for the sake of shocking.

    So in the end you might end up questioning why such unnecessarily outrageous, vulgar and sexually charged up tones are present in almost all representations in this grim mystery. Why is it that the boyfriend is such an extreme figure trying to rehabilitate himself by chaining himself to a window? Why is the gangster called Chitiappa, so that the C word can be repeated again and again? and not to mention the art decor house that Ruth lives in which seems overtly engulfed with decay. Or for that matter the shocking ending which folks would have seen coming half way through the movie (though not the identity of the person in question) I guess Anurag constantly is trying to break the barrier of how politically incorrect he can get with his movies and if the price to pay is a storyline or disconnected characters, then so be it. What he does not realize is that audience will only remember this for the shock value and not some artistic vision that the International Art-house Circuit often enjoys.

    But to his credit, there is one thing that the film does prove that Anurag Kashyap can handle complex emotional subjects with amazing control and not create something that could have easily slipped into a depressing and ugly snooze fest. In the end, TGIYB would be remembered as one of the also made for a director who would eventually be counted as one of the all time greats for Indian Cinema.

    Final Recommendation That Girl in Yellow Boots is worth a watch but to film freaks who like to be shocked and are looking for the discerning stuff esp. for fans of Gaspar Noe and Lars Von Trier. For other enthusiastic fans of the multiplex movies (read Shaitan, Dev D etc. ) this may not be the shoe they want to try on. Fans of commercial fare like Wanted and Dabangg might as well stay miles away from this lest they get nightmares.

  3. There are certain masked aspects of society which when revealed reflect the filthy side of otherwise laminated societal structure. That Girl in yellow Boots revolves around one such aspect of society which will shock the audience and they will question their foundation. But one need to have a strong belly to digest the film even though all knows whatever depicted is brutally real. This movie which was not getting producer since its inception finally rescued by NFDC thus making its presence felt in International film festival circuits. With a US distributor on board the film will be getting an International release and it deserves that.

    Anurag Kashyap collaborated with his wife Kalki Koechlin to write the script of this dark slice of life film. Like Dhobi Ghaat the film revolves around few protagonists but similarity ends there. While the former dealt with softer side of relationships TGIYB reflects the darker side of human nature which is hidden beneath sophistication. Anurag Kashyap knows the darker side of metros like no other director and after exploring Delhi in Dev D the director chose Mumbai and its by-lane to tell the story of Ruth (Played by Kalki) of Indo-British origin. She comes to India in search of her father, who has left the family when she was 5 years old. There are few other characters surrounding Ruth's life. Sid is her boyfriend whose fiend is preoccupied with his d*ck and drugs and the other man Divakar (played by Naseeruddin Shah) who comes for leg massage from Ruth everyday and has a fatherly affection towards her. Amidst her life in the massage parlor Ruth saves money which she uses on search of her father. While digging on the truth some twisted shocking facts comes out which changes the way Ruth perceives few people and things.

    Anurag Kashyap keeps his script simple this time with imagery over powering the narrative as the objects in each frame symbolizing something or the other. It is through Ruth's eyes the pervasive man's nature in a metro is laid under a scanner. The "Yellow" color symbolized the psychedelic state of Dev's mind in his earlier masterpiece Dev D. In this movie Yellow symbolizes aberration. It reflects something which is twisted and off-path from societal normal functioning. The clumsy looking yellow boots radiates the confused state of Ruth's mind the way she is vulnerable and hard towards Sid because of whom she looses 57000. The yellow boots also symbolizes the uneasy state of Ruth's existence as she becomes restless in search of her father, perturbed about getting her Visa which is delayed due to evergreen redtapism, edgy about her feelings as she watches Osho but then feel disturbed in getting laid only to satisfy her BF with a hand job. Kashyap is a maverick director who is simply genius in his direction and here also he is simply flawless in execution. All the characters came to live with his finer sense of camera angles, lights and color. He uses the shades of yellow to highlight different state of Ruth. Through Divakar,Sid,local goon Chuttiyappa (brilliantly played by Gulshan Devaiyya who was earlier seen in Shaitan) he tried to hint upon certain Grey shades of society-Grey in terms of optimism as well as negativity. With able support from Shweta Venkat in editing department and Kashyap's patent Rajeev Ravi in camera the director creates the perfect setting needed for the realistic thriller. Most of the time one cant predict the next frame thus showing the brilliance of Venkat's editing. Appreciation would remain incomplete without mentioning Washinq Khan's flawless set design and Shubra Gupta's costume. Naren Chanravarkar and Benedict Taylor's music is easy on ear and in tune with the narrative. Amongst the actor Kalki is in brilliant form as the lady in search of her father. She raises her own bar with this film and look forward to such finer works by her. She should also be given credit for weaving the story which is indeed shockingly real for Indian masses. Language is real and bold but one is witness to such cuss words in Delhi Belly so hopefully it will not come as shocker accept for hand job sequences. Naseeruddin Shah surrenders himself to Mr Kashyap and renders a spontaneous performance. Prashant Prakash's is simply brilliant in his debut film and is an actor to look for. Gulshan Devaiyya rocked as KC in Shaitan and here was at his menacing best as Chutiyappa.Pooja Swaroop excels as blabbering Maya. Divya Jagdale and Shiv Subramaniam did a good job in their respective roles. There are also fine actors like Piyush Mishra, Markand Deshpande, Ronit Roy in one off sequences.

    Anurag Kashyap improves himself with each film and through every film he elevates the level of Indian cinema to the next step. TGIYB is one such thriller which will not crash the BO but will surely be remembered in the history of Indian cinema for its brilliance. The film is real, hard, shocking and for a selective audience. If you are a lover of independent cinema then go for this one and you won't be disappointed.

  4. Anurag Kashyap ("Water") delivers another stunningly controversial masterpiece with "That Girl In Yellow Boots". True to form as one of India's leading modern indie filmmakers, this film will bedazzle and shock you. Kashyap takes us on a colourful and dangerous journey through the underbelly of Bombay experienced through the eyes of Ruth (Kalki Koechlin).

    Kalki Koechlin (winner, best supporting actress Filmfare, "Dev. D") co wrote this sizzling script with Kashyap. Every character is remarkably fleshed out from Ruth herself to the thugs running drug rackets and the girls and their clients in the massage parlour. The growing reality of the size of the sex trade in India inspired Kashyap to conceive of this story and to collaborate with Koechlin on the script. ..

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