Monday, September 5, 2011

That girl in yellow boots

The movie ‘That girl in yellow boots’ lives up to its publicity line of being a ‘shocking story about twisted relationships.’ In the movie hall I went to, the audience was, a little shocked. I was shocked too, initially before accepting it. I’m guessing by the silence (reluctant acceptance?) around me that the audience is finally warming up to themes like this. Anurag Kashyap, known for his films about controversial themes and depiction of tabooed topics, has dished out something that can’t be stereotyped, unlike his earlier works which could be slotted into dark themes. You can’t quite classify this movie as anything. There are a few instances which make one laugh and give one a feeling this is going to be a dark comedy, but deep down, you know it’s false because the movie is painfully realistic. Kashyap himself quotes ‘I hope you feel the film, because you won’t enjoy it.’ Well, all I can say is, aim fulfilled. The movie does get to the viewer. Although there are a few aspects of the movie that de-rail it from its track, other factors like Kalki Koechlin’s brilliant performance, the cinematography, the choice of colours make up for them.
The movie's beginning starts with a montage of Mumbai in dark colours, suggesting what the movie will be like. The entire movie, shot in narrow, unclean places, crowded streets is, I think, a major factor contributing to the unease among the audience in addition to the close range shots. And it works! The title of the movie evokes curiosity and suggests that the movie is about a random person who, uncharacteristically wear yellow boots. One look at her gets your mind reeling about something being different about her, but you don’t know what. More like you know, somewhere in the deep recesses of your mind, but can’t express it. It’s frustrating, in a way.
The music, not by Amit Trivedi for the first time, is one thing one can enjoy and has an ‘It happens only in India’- ness to it. All actors' performances engage the audience, convince about the realistic setup of the movie. Koechlin is very convincing in her role and antics. Her questioning glares and body language that suggest protest/ denial/ condemnation during the movie have a straight, yet buttoned up appeal about them. Characters are perfectly portrayed, with their idiosyncrasies and accurate reactions to that of other characters.
Despite the predictable behavior due to the realism, the movie has its twists reminding the audience about the highly improbable at work, thus affecting lives. Although a positive ending would, without doubt be less disturbing, the ending chosen works best for achieving the desired effect of influencing the audience. It’s not a tear- jerker, but a harsh reminder of the kind of world we live in. Considering Bollywood’s current scenario, the movie is a litmus test to check if Indian audiences are ready for a movie of this type. I do not know how the movie fared in the BO, but, the Kafkaesque appeal of the movie is definitely innovative and positively good for Bollywood.


Arun said...

'Kafkaesque' is quite a big word to use for an Indian movie. I am definitely interested now.

Ankitha said...

Watch the movie, then!