Truth is stranger than fiction. The adage has proved all over again, what with Kalki’s upcoming film That Girl In Yellow Boots bearing an eerie similarity with the case of a real life Delhi girl who has been reported to be loitering on the streets of Mumbai. Just like Kalki’s character who plays a homeless immigrant in Mumbai and finds herself in seedy bylanes while being constantly threatened by abuse, even this Delhi girl has caught media attention as she is a vagabond who, despite being well educated, is fending off Mumbai streets.
“It is indeed shocking because the similarities are too obvious to be denied. This girl who calls herself Rochelle is often seen in skimpy outfits while wearing shorts, branded T-shirts and an expensive jacket. She refuses to divulge much details about her and gets really annoyed if someone asks about her whereabouts. Ever since her story has reached media, she has become even more irritated. She roams around the streets of Delhi with gay abandon and is homeless. However when you strike a conversation with her, she comes across as educated and belonging to a well to do family”, says a source.
Kalki’s character of Ruth in That Girl In Yellow Boots is on similar lines as well. She plays a UK citizen in the film who finds herself on the streets of Mumbai and stays illegally there. Obviously fluent in English, she comes across as a normal human being though there is a mystery surrounding her as she has no friends or family to look up to in the city.
“Their intention of staying in the city is different though”, the source adds, “Rochelle says that she is an aspiring model and an actor who is in Mumbai to make it big in the world of glamour. Also, she doesn’t wish to go back to her family in Delhi and is unrepentant about her decision. On the other hand, Kalki’s character is in Mumbai for search of her father though just like Rochelle, she doesn’t regret her decision and wants to go back to UK only after her mission is accomplished.”
Surprisingly, That Girl In Yellow Boots was completed almost two years ago when Kalki shot for it immediately after her debut effort Dev D. After making the round of festival circuits, this Anurag Kashyap directed film is now seeing an international release for itself.
Though Kalki is not aware about Rochelle, she confirms that in the film she is playing an illegal immigrant from UK to India. “I play a girl who has over stayed for a long time in Mumbai and is now finding herself in the seedy corners of Mumbai. She is quite stubborn about searching for her father and finds herself in a dangerous situation where she is under constant threat of being used and abused”, she says.
Talk of that thin line diminishing between real and reel life.