That Girl in Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots
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Directed byAnurag Kashyap
Produced byAnurag Kashyap
Guneet Monga
Written byAnurag Kashyap
Kalki Koechlin
StarringKalki Koechlin
Naseeruddin Shah
Music byNaren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byShweta Venkat Mathew
Distributed byIndiePix Films
Release date
  • September 2010 (2010-09) (Toronto)
  • 2 September 2011 (2011-09-02) (India)
Running time
99 Minutes
LanguageHindi, 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[2] in September 2010, followed by the Venice Film Festival[3][4] after it played in several festivals worldwide including the South Asian International Film Festival[5]. The commercial release however took place a year later in September 2011, both in India as well as in the US[6]


That Girl in Yellow Boots is a thriller tracing Ruth (Kalki Koechlin), a British woman who lost her sister to suicide a couple of years ago. She comes to India, to search for her father, an Indian descent man, 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 of the city's underbelly. She also dates 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. In what is possibly also seen as a commentary on the cult of godmen in India, her father is shown to be a follower of one such religious cult. The film ends with Ruth hanging up her yellow boots,and quitting her job at the massage parlour and also presumably leaving the country to go back to Britain; her quest having come to a shocking end.

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