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That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)

A British woman faces challenges while attempting to locate her father in India.

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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)

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Hats off to genius Kashyap..again :)
21 December 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

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.


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