Margarita with a Straw-Movie Review

RATING: 3.5/5
CAST: Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu, William Moseley
DIRECTION: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
GENRE: Drama
DURATION: 1 hour 41 minutes
Director Shonali Bose has very intelligently represented the intense and sensitive issue of frustration and helplessness because of unfulfilled sexual desire of a disabled person. In A world which largely treats disabled people as sexless beings and conveniently looks away this story is truly a mind changer. This is the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young girl suffering from cerebral palsy. She is bound to her wheelchair. Her condition, however, has not stopped her from venturing out to lead an independent ‘normal’ life as she has the support of her mother (Revathi), a loving father (Kuljeet Singh) and her young brother (Malhar Khushu). Laila (Kalki Koechelin) is a wheelchair user . She is a student at Delhi University and an aspiring writer who writes lyrics and creates electronic sounds for an indie band at the university. She gets admitted to New York University and moves with her mother (Revathy). Living in Manhattan, she falls in love with young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta). Thus she embarks on a journey of sexual discovery which hinders the relationships between her family and friends.


The film won the NETPAC award World or International Asian Film Premiere at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was the only Indian film to win an award at TIFF last year. Kalki Koechlin won The Best Actress award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in Estonia in 2014. The Film won the Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award at Vesoul Film Festival in France in 2015. Won Asian Film Awards for the Best Composer Award 2015.

[author image=”” ]I am Rashmi Mishra from S.K. Somaiya college of arts,science and commerce(Mumbai) pursuing BMM in advertising[/author]

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