Movie Review: That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

Indian cinema is truly evolving. More and more film-makers in Mumbai specifically are realizing the importance of narrating a new story every time they make an effort. Anurag Kashyap, the maverick, had been doing so from his first film. His new film, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS, is by far his boldest film and if I may say so, his best effort so far. Powerful and captivating, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS has a shocker of a conclusion that leaves you disturbed and troubled.

For the conventional spectators of Hindi cinema, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS will come across as a never-seen-before experience. On the surface, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS may give the impression of being a thriller, but as you delve deeper and deeper, you apprehend that controversial themes like child abuse and drug addiction have been pragmatically depicted by the ace raconteur. In fact, the culmination to the story — an expose on the psychopathic behavior — is truly jaw dropping and continues to haunt you even after the movie has concluded. That’s the kind of impact it makes!

Ruth (Kalki Koechlin), a British citizen, flies down to Mumbai in search of her father she hasn’t met in 15 years. Not content with her mother asking her to stay away, Ruth stubbornly leaves home. She’s seen enough misfortune already – her sister recently passed away. A letter from her father saying he wants to reconnect fills her with hope.In her miserable life as a masseur giving “handshakes” for extra money, the letter becomes a source of hope – for better times, for “unconditional love”.

Her quest for the father continues, as she deals with her boyfriend’s drug addiction, simultaneously juggling sleazy men who want “payment in kind” for any help. You need a strong stomach to sit through this character’s wretched life where we are brazenly put face-to-face with the worst in humans.

So you sit through characters suffering prostitution, incest, corruption, addiction, and violence. The macabre misery is suffocating, really.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “It is well-nigh his most controlled film to date: the style, fluid and unobtrusive, complements the theme rather than overshadow it.”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS is yet another outstanding example of independent cinema.”
4.0 “Not meant for those who like run-of-the-mill stuff, That Girl in Yellow Boots is quintessential independent cinema.”
4.0 “It is dark, dank and depressing. And yet, it is brilliant. That, is an adequate description of Anurag Kashyap’s latest directorial outing, That Girl In Yellow Boots..”
4.0 “That Girl In Yellow Boots’ good news for Indian cinema “
4.0 “You may not be able to enjoy the movie, but you will definitely take home a lesson.”
4.0 “This is a typical Anurag Kashyap film as it returns us to the themes that form the backdrop in many of his films – sex, drugs and violence.”
3.0 “That Girl In Yellow Boots is another fine specimen of Anurag Kashyap’s style of filmmaking.”
3.0 “A betrayal so big, that it stuns the boots off you, yellow or otherwise.”
3.0 “Yellow Boots leaves you wanting more.”
IBN Live
Average Reviews
2.5 ” Too bad it’s not that good!”
2.5 “‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’ is a film that starts off well, becomes really interesting in the middle portions, starts fading in it’s journey towards the climax and ends up being disappointing as the end credits start rolling. “
Negative Reviews
2.0 “If you haven’t had enough of films showing the underbelly of Mumbai or are big fans of Kalki Koechlin this is the film for you.”
2.0 “As true for the movie’s subject, as for its unsatisfying outcome.”
1.0 “That Girl In Yellow Boots will win critical acclaim and the love of a section of the audience but will be shunned by the majority of the paying public.”


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