How twisted can relationships be and how far you can go to find the roots of those relations. At the end, all you get is the shocking and utterly disturbing truth about your past, about your family, about your being.
Kalki Koechlin as Ruth is a British girl, who came down to Mumbai searching for his father. He left her and her Mom when she was very young. She does not remember his face but she knows that he lives somewhere in Mumbai and is a photographer. In order to survive in the city and find his father she starts working at a massage parlor. Also, to speed the search, she tries to color herself in the Mumbai-an(Indian) colors. With politics and various kinds of demands at every step, she works her way toward her destination by her own understandings. She also gets in a weird kinda relationship with a drug addict.
In all this she also gets somewhat attached to her parlor clients. But this attachment does not go far and is put on a stop when she comes to know that one of her clients is her father. Upon knowing that he knew this all along that she was his daughter and also on coming to some conclusions about her sister’s death, she freaks out. Numbness takes over and the movie ends with people asking her questions that have no answers.
The movie is directed by Anurag Kashyap, with Kalki Koechlin in the lead role. It also stars Naseeruddin Shah. The girl who runs the parlor is shown as a tough girl who isn’t afraid of anyone, and also is like a friend to Ruth. Prashanth, Ruth’s druggie boyfriend has also acted well, in an honest, straight forward and clean manner. This movie is not like the usual commercial ones and is made on an offbeat subject of relations and what all people do in the name of “I Love You”. I liked the movie. It was shot in just 13 days. Kalki was as usual her best in the movie. Naseeruddin Shah was not much needed, I felt so. The way in which those unspeakable emotions, from searching to dealing with people to dealing with lover to carrying on somehow till the goal is reached is filmed in typical Anurag Kashyap style i.e Ruth rarely expresses her emotions on her face. It all has been laid in front of the audience in a realistic frame that can only be felt and cannot be discussed upon.
The movie is not for the normal Indian population. Most of them may not like it or even understand it. Plot is excellent and length is just right. Anurag Kashyap always comes up with something that is worth watching. Though I haven’t had a chance to watch all his works, but of course the ones that I have seen make him one of my favorite directors.
I give the movie 4 points out of 5. Such kinda cinema is what should catch the most Indian audience, but then all we are attracted to is drama..that leaves us weary. That girl in yellow boots is a complex character: brash but sensitive, numbed to men but desperately needing to connect.
Anyways. I’ll end the post here. You guys tc. Also, December is here. Eat well. Have fun!!