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That Girl In Yellow Boots is a simple story with soul about a girl who has lost hers and is desperately looking for it. Even if what she is looking for is an image of a father she's never had and always wanted. Whether or not she finds the father is as important as what she goes through to find him. The gritty nature of the film and the subject is not something all of us can handle for it takes guts to accept the truth about the society that we are a part of. It's an important film but not one I'd want to watch again.Read more
Another film I'm looking forward to! I had seen the first trailer ages ago when a fellow-Kashyap-enthusiast had plugged a link on facebook or twitter. And yep, you are right, I'd have been excited about the film even if I hadn't watched the trailer. Just Anurag Kashyap announcing his next film is usually good enough.
Only recently, did I realize that the film has been co-written by Kalki Koechlin. I've always found the actor-writer combination very interesting, be it Salman Khan or as in this case, Kalki Koechlin. It could be just because it is a rare combination. Also, I've just warmed up to Kalki as an actor.
A girl who happens to wear yellow boots journeys through the streets of mean India to look for her father and the search is actually about her identity and her self - The premise seems simple enough yet, there is a certain quirkiness, an edginess about the way the trailer is put together. I guess, the name Anurag Kashyap is synonymous with crazy stuff. Add to the mix the usual suspects Piyush Mishra, Ronit Roy and the surprise element Naseeruddin Shah and I'm wondering why has this film taken so long to release in India when it has been around in the festival circuit for ages.
Anyway, its time has come and in a big way. That Girl In Yellow Boots will get a worldwide release on September 2nd.
- meeta, a part of the audience
That Girl In Yellow Boots isn't a film you can enjoy. It's dark and forthright film, making it an uncomfortable watch. It makes you care for its protagonist and you don't want bad things to happen to her even as you see her make herself go through horrible actions. You feel worse for her because she goes about the moral evils from bribery to sexual acts, in a very matter-of-fact manner. (which also means, you don't watch the film with either your kids or your parents!) Anyway, you can see through her immorality from the things she refuses to do. She's street-smart; she has found her way around mean-machine Mumbai even though she's from UK. And yet you know she's fragile under that cold stare.
The writer dug so deep into this one character, that we know her. And that has to be the beauty of an actor being the writer of the story. Kalki Koechlin knows her character Ruth so well, that she takes no time in convincing us that hers is a story that needs to be heard. It also needs to be heard because of the taboo subject it approaches. A topic that needs to be talked about liberally, but is wrapped under covers making the victim feel guilty. In fact, had Ruth's family talked about it, we wouldn't have had this film. (Funny this, I can't talk about it here, because I'll be giving the movie away :))
About ninety out of the hundred minutes are spent with Ruth, trying to find her father. And yet, you don't get bored. That's because of the bunch of characters that Ruth encounters, tolerates and gets past. Almost as if telling us, that the life lessons she is learning will make her a stronger person. And somehow it will all be worth it. From Chitiappa Gauda (Gulshan Devaiya) the much-needed comic relief in the form of a goon to Prashant, Ruth's drug-dealer boyfriend (Prashant Prakash). Amidst this mix of common but not-so-normal characters played by new actors is the reassuring presence of a father figure and familiar face of Naseeruddin Shah. Of course, the fact that I remember the character as Naseeruddin Shah is a tiny failure. But, not a folly that gets overwhelming.
Sure, there are a couple of times when the repetitiveness begins to get at you. But at that exact time, a character in the film tells off the annoying character. Bottom line is the film engages you throughout. The dialogue is smart and the delivery by one and all is perfect. I also like how the characters unfold. We come to know about them through the things they do and how they interact. I'm sure most directors would have chosen the voiceover route.
This is not the kind of Anurag Kashyap film we are used to. That Girl In Yellow Boots is subtler and calmer. He's not rushing to make his point as if he's not sure he'll get another chance to make it. His angst against the society which wouldn't allow his kind of films to be made has settled a bit. And that has only added to the overall package that the film is.
That doesn't mean it doesn't shock you like a trademark Anurag Kashyap film. The "shock therapy" could be held against him, but there are some facts about vermin in our society that cannot be told without shocking. Even though I guessed the climax, because of one passing line Ruth says somewhere in the middle of the film, the climax shook me a bit. It could be just because I didn't want it to be how Ruth's story ended.
An issue that is close-to-heart, a cold portrayal of the world, and the straightforward as-is style made me uncomfortable, which is a big plus for the film because that was its intention. Yet, unlike other Anurag Kashyap films that I'd urge you to try even if they are not your type, I won't be able to recommend That Girl In Yellow Boots. Because ironically, That Girl In Yellow Boots is not for those who are looking for happy endings.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...here’s bone-chilling savagery, little redemption and stoic surrender to fate, but also unabashed celebration of the search for tenderness and love.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Always the unexpected, Anurag? Never, never go looking for the predictable in this maverick filmmaker's films and you'll rarely be disappointed.... full review
So-So, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...Does it mean the script failed since I came out of the theatre thinking more about two performances that were not lead roles but entertained and engaged me the most in the film? The two performances that were the highlight for me were by Puja Sarup & Gulashan Deviah. ... full review
So-So, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Something vital is amiss despite the brilliant camerawork, broody background music, reliably authentic locations and uniformly good acting... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Why should a viewer sit through this? To be moved by the onscreen character's misery, yes, but that requires an intimate connect with the character. Sadly, the viewer is not introduced to Ruth in entirety. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi : ...What’s Bad: The scattered screenplay; the unanswered questions which crop up in the audience’s mind; the shocking story of the film that will keep many away.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Where Anurag fails miserably is in the story of TGYIB. He tries to infuse sub-plots after sub-plots to make the film more interesting however what he ends up doing is making the audience wonder at the worthlessness of it all. ... full review
y24mishra: That Girl In Yellow Boots is very unpredictable. Killer movie!
VarunVazir: just saw #that girl in yellow boots. master piece by @ankash1009 . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. plz watch the film. it leaves you unmoved!
vaarundhingra: Quite liked that girl in yellow boots.
TEKKEN_FORCE: "That girl in Yellow Boots"...another intense cerebral treat by one of the most daring cinemamaker of our time; Anurag Kashyap
shrutirao83: That Girl in Yellow Boots at 8.30 in the morning with @Swetha6677 . Satisfyingly well-made.
shaazRiz: That Girl In Yellow Boots is no another movie..u need balls to mke smthin like ths 4 d audience.. n u need d same to appreciate it! RESPECT!
sahiljain22: that girl in yellow boots.cant w8 2 watch it! kalki n kashyap make for a gr8 team.top it up with naseeruddin shah n makrand deshpande. wow!
RahulKatyayan: THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS Review: An Anurag Kashyap masterclass http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/that-girl-in-yellow-boots-review-an-anurag-kashyap-masterclass/
PrernaGS: That Girl in Yellow Boots is @kalkikanmani 's best work by far. @ankash1009 take a bow
PravinSri: ‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’ hits the bull’s eye!
PratikPotdar: That Girl in Yellow Boots - A brilliant film by Anurag Kashyap & Kalki Koechlin. This husband-wife duo will do something big in future.
PornOkPlease: That Girl In Yellow Boots is an awesome movie!
phalinshah: That Girl in Yellow Boots and Bol #WatchIt and make the weekend at the cinemas Memorable! #Avoid #Bodyguard
nytnik: "That Girl in Yellow Boots".....Anurag Kashyap rocks !!!!!!
ninajasmine: Just saw "That Girl in Yellow Boots" - Superb cinema, superb acting - Kalki Koechlin. A lesson for all mega stars and mega film-makers.
Navin_kumarv: Anurag Kashyap does a fantastic job once again with That Girl In Yellow Boots! Way to go!!!
mohandoss: That girl in yellow boots, fantastic movie. Never thought it will possible for Indian cinema industry to come up with such a subject.Bravodo
MissMalini: That Girl In Yellow Boots (That So Beautifully Broke My Heart.) http://www.missmalini.com/2011/08/31/that-girl-in-yellow-boots-that-so-beautifully-broke-my-heart/ @kalkikanmani @ankash1009 #TGIYB @iKabirBedi @desijourno
mehtahansal: Saw That Girl In Yellow Boots. @ankash1009 is a fearless filmmaker. Uncompromising about his vision. This is his most honest film to date.
karts14: That Girl in Yellow Boots... Left the hall with shock and awe! BRILLIANT! Gowda was amazing! #TGIYB @ankash1009 @kalkikanmani
karthik82: That Girl in Yellow Boots - Not a movie you will enjoy, but well acted and shot. Respect to those involved for making what they wanted. 8/10
imagenshape: Sensible viwers can see 'that girl in yellow boots' otherwise tp is 'bodyguard'
Fattiemama: WATCH "That Girl in Yellow Boots everyone. For more reasons than one!
EmOEchAiTee: First feel,then analyse. TGIYB has its share of flaws, but it had an impact on me. Not bcos of the'shocking' end,but the journey towards it
diaporesis: That Girl in Yellow Boots is the very brilliant @ankash1009's new film. It releases on Sep 2. If you're in India, please don't miss it!
Devs3: That Girl in Yellow Boots is yet another masterpiece by the masterclass maverick film maker @ankash1009, great acting by ALL the actors!
biswatosh: If you can stomach a film that churns your insides, "That Girl in Yellow Boots" is for you.#india #bollywood #now #films
AlishaSinha1: Really enjoyed That Girl In Yellow Boots!
aditya_gn: That Girl in Yellow Boots - Not for the faint hearted
1mkavita: That Girl in Yellow Boots. Heartbreaking film! Powerful Cinema! GO AND WATCH THIS ... #india #TGIYB #bollywood
mohitnanda: That Girl in yellow Boots:Nice direction n screenplay. Bad performances. Naseeruddin Shah has been highly underutilised n the new guy sucks
SRKisKing: That girl in yellow boots is a Drag.. Not like Dev D
madhu_shala: That Girl In Yellow Boots is such a pointless movie that totally underwhelms. Anurag Kashyap losing his touch...
khosla09: That Girl In Yellow Boots is certainly not the movie Anurag Kashyap will be remembered for.
GhantaGuy: My take on Anurag Kashyap's 'That Girl in Yellow Boots' - http://onemoreblog.posterous.com/the-movie-that-could-have-been
garamkhoon: It's better to be pissed off than pissed on. Avoid #TGIYB @ankash1009
bollybadmash: The Man who got too big for his Boots! @ankash1009 That Girl in Yellow Boots #TGIYB
BlessChet: Am I the only one who felt That Girl in Yellow Boots was self-indulgent?
AuteurPravesh: Enfant Terrible of Hindi cinema Anurag Kashyap graduates to be Agent Provocateur with That Girl in Yellow Boots.. @ankash1009 *runs away*
Aakritty: That girl in yellow boots : What a waste it was! Such a piece of shit. :/
Yay! Thumbs Up, by ASHOK KUMAR
Yay! Thumbs Up, by jitaditya : Good but wanted a bit more...
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Samir
Yay! Thumbs Up, by SocialDhaba : Though not for masala film lovers, ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ is certainly avant must watch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
Ruth (Kalki Koechlin), a UK, is looking for her father who abandoned her 15 years ago.