From Real-Life to Reel-Life

Edgy Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s movie That Girl In Yellow Boots is based on the prejudice his wife faced
Tuesday , 09 August 2011
From Real-Life to Reel-Life
Director Anurag Kashyap with his wife actress Kalki Koechlin

Director Anurag Kashyap is known for pushing the boundaries of Indian cinema. From the controversial Black Friday (based on the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts) to the quirky No Smoking (following a chain smoker’s dark descent as he tries to quit), Anurag’s next movie, That Girl in Yellow Boots follows a similar path. It stars with his wife Kalki Koechlin and was inspired by the problems she faced becoming a Bollywood actress because of her French origins.

Anurag says, "When my relationship with Kalki began, there used to be all kinds of stories about her. There was a reluctance to accept her because of the colour of her skin. She had become a topic for coffee table conversations. People concluded that she got a chance in Hindi films because she was white and a white girl looks good. What people forget is that this girl left England to live in India as she was born in India. She grew up on a diet of Indian food, and she still continues it. Her first language is Tamil. But these things got discounted. The mixture of all those stories evolved into the story of Yellow Boots."

That Girl in Yellow Boots, which has been picked up for release internationally, hits theatres in the US, Australia and New Zealand, on 2 September.