That Girl in Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots
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Directed by Anurag Kashyap
Produced by Anurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Written by Anurag Kashyap
Kalki Koechlin
Starring Kalki Koechlin
Naseeruddin Shah
Music by Naren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor
Cinematography Rajeev Ravi
Edited by Shweta Venkat Mathew
Distributed by IndiePix Films
Release date
  • September 2010 (2010-09) ( Toronto)
  • 2 September 2011 (2011-09-02) (India)
Running time
99 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi, English and Kannada

That Girl in Yellow Boots is a 2011 Indian thriller film by director Anurag Kashyap, starring Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah. [1] The film was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, followed by the Venice Film Festival after it played in several festivals worldwide including the South Asian International Film Festival. [2] The commercial release however took place a year later in September 2011, both in India as well as in the US [3]


That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth ( Kalki Koechlin), a British woman who has lost her sister to suicide. She comes to Mumbai to search for her father – a man she hardly knew but cannot forget, due to a letter he had written to her, asking her to seek him out. Without a work permit, desperation drives her to work at a massage parlour, where she offers both standard massages and "happy endings". 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. She starts dating a drug addict Prashant (Prashant Prakash), who is simultaneously her saviour and tormentor. A city that feeds on her misery, a love that eludes her and above all, a devastating truth that she must encounter. After numerous encounters with people, almost all of whom are depicted as needing to be serviced by her, she discovers that her father is one of her regular clients, who knew all along that she was his daughter. In what is possibly seen as a commentary on the cult of godmen in India, her father is shown as one such member of a religious cult, and views having sex with his daughter as an expression of his love. The film ends with Ruth hanging up her yellow boots, her quest having come to a shocking end.

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