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That Girl in Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots

Anurag Kashyap

  • Country: India
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Hindi, English, Kannada
  • Producer: Anurag Kashyap
  • Executive Producer: Guneet Monga
  • Screenplay: Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap
  • Runtime: 103
  • Programmes:

Ruth is searching for her father – a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work without a permit, at a massage parlour, where she gives ‘happy endings’ to unfulfilled men. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the backdrop for Ruth's quest as she struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city's underbelly.

Crime & ThrillerIndiaUrban Life

screening times

    • Friday September 17
    • 9:00:00 PM
    • Saturday September 18
    • 8:30:00 PM
    • Sunday September 19
    • 12:30:00 PM
    • Tiff Bell LightBox 2

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

As India’s independent film movement surges, Anurag Kashyap is at the forefront of the action. His Dev D. stripped away Bollywood’s commercial sheen to reveal a generation of urban Indians as they are today: ambitious, exciting and international. That Girl in Yellow Boots takes a hard look at those South Asians who live in between worlds. A portrait of a biracial woman trying to find her place in Bombay, it is exactly the brand of urgent, passionate filmmaking that is transforming how we think about Indian cinema.

Ruth has spent enough time in India to know how to work the system, including how to manipulate the sleazy bureaucrat at the immigration office. With her visa extended, she returns to “studying massage,” which is really a soul-squandering job servicing men at a backroom parlour. Her boyfriend, Prashant, offers no rescue from the dangers of her work. In fact, his drug use, money problems and brushes with violent criminals put her in the way of ever-present harm. But Ruth puts on a tough face and braves the risks of her challenging, urban life for one deeply personal reason: her estranged father lives somewhere in the city. As she searches for her last remaining link with her family, she falls deeper into Bombay’s underworld. But a part of Ruth seems to embrace the danger. That girl in yellow boots is a complex character: brash but sensitive, numbed to men but desperately needing to connect.

Kashyap shot the film in a mere thirteen days and it carries that anything-goes spirit. At the same time, it boasts sophisticated widescreen cinematography that pushes its characters together in the frame, compressing them against Bombay’s humid mass of concrete and people. This is an enormously stylish film, crafting intimate pockets within the city where layered performances can unfold. In both style and subject, Kashyap defines the pulse of today’s Hindi independent cinema – Hindie, if you like.

Cameron Bailey

director bio

Anurag Kashyap was born in India and studied zoology at the University of Delhi. A prolific writer-director, his films include Paanch (03), Black Friday (04), No Smoking (07), Return of Hanuman (07), Dev. D (09), Gulaal (10) and That Girl in the Yellow Boots (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Prashant Prakash, Gulshan Devaiah, Naseeruddin Shah
Anurag Kashyap
Executive Producer:
Guneet Monga
Rajeev Ravi
Shweta Venkat Matthew
Kunal Sharma
Naren Chandavarkar & Benedict Taylor
Production Designer:
Wasiq Khan
Production Company:
Anurag Kashyap Film Pvt. Ltd.
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