That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth's (Kalki Koechlin) search for her father - a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work without a permit, at a massage parlour. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien but yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth's quest. She strugg...more
That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth's (Kalki Koechlin) search for her father - a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work without a permit, at a massage parlour. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien but yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth's quest. She struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city's underbelly. less
“The film is emotionally overwhelming, full of twists, and keeps you on the edge. Though it gets a little stretched, it’s definitely worth a onetime watch, especially if you are a fan of experimental cinema, Kalki and Kashyap's previous works.”
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Being a self-proclaimed Anurag Kashyap loyalist, I was super excited to go watch TGIYB as it looks interestingly unique with a dash of sinister. While I love a Bollywood-Indie flick as I do a hardcore masala entertainer, this one tries to hard to be the former and falters along the way.
The movie is about British-Indian girl Ruth(Kalki) who's been in Mumbai looking for her father. She's forced to work at a massage parlour where she encounters various people, right from a horny man looking for a good hand-job to a fatherly uncle who shows concern. She also has a junkie of a boyfriend who manages to get her involved in the dirty dark world of Mumbai's underbelly. The film takes us through Ruth's difficult journey and her eventual & shocking search for her father.
At 1hr40min the film is not really that long but feels much more than it is. The pace is slow and the narrative tends to get sluggish & boring after a while. The one track that keeps playing, composed by Naren Chandavarkar is quirky and interesting.
Visually, the grimy texture and feel through the lens of Rajeev Ravi is brilliant. One can feel the disturbing vibes through the visuals.
Of the actors, the unconventional looking Kalki Koechlin affirms yet again that she is a great actor. She emotes beautifully and her face does most of the talking.
Another knockout performance is by Gulshan Devaiya who plays a wily goon in Chittiappa. The non-chalance and ease with which he slips into this character is terrific. I eagerly await to see more work from him. Even the small role played by the lady who owns the parlour stays with you.
Co-written by Kalki and Anurag, the story is actually an interesting one but the problem lies in the execution. This time, Anurag Kashyap falters. He fails to keep you gripped throughout the film & there are parts where you really want it to move faster. Infact the biggest issue I personally felt was that I didn't quite feel the emotion even though I knew what I was seeing was vile enough to elicit it. One expects much better of Anurag after a masterpiece like Gulaal.
To sum it up, TGIYB is not meant for all. While it might do well on the festival circuits, as a viewer, it doesn't captivate me enough. The messiah for Bollywood-Indie-Cinema, who's been involved in some great projects like Udaan/Shaitan recently doesn't quite serve a winner.