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Margarita, with a Straw

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Critic Rating

6.9

31 Reviews
24 Ratings
88%
in favor

Audience Rating

5.9
2 Reviews
10 Ratings

Movie Info

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Writer

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Language

Hindi

Synopsis

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.Wikipedia

Margarita, with a Straw Reviews

7

The film is unafraid to explore touchy themes like female desire and sexual drive of disabled people...Don't miss the film, or you'll miss what is likely one of the year's strongest performances by a female actor.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

6

Kalki pulls it off, and makes us believe in her Laila...This is a film to be celebrated. I am raising a Margarita, as a toast. Now where’s that straw?

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

8

This film is guaranteed to make you cry. But it will also fill you with hope. These amazing women will make you want to inhale life with a new ferociousness.

Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times

6

Should you go watch this film even if you don't know of any differently-abled person in your life? Yes, of course, mainly because this film reminds us that as a society we shy away from way too many things - be it desires of our differently-abled kids or the sexual orientations.

Kusumita Das
Deccan Chronicle

8

When a film that has a disabled character at its centre, calls itself Margarita With A Straw (and not Chhoone Chali Aasman, as suggested by Taare Zameen Pe’s Aamir Khan), you know nothing regular is coming your way. This cocktail is a must-try. And you might just ask for a repeat.

... is a refreshingly, brutally honest film which ends up making the tiny mistake of adding an emotional, clichéd ending.Although certain scenes in the film could have been infinitely more powerful had the background score been stronger, one must laud Bose's use of deafening silence and Laila's wails in a scene at the hospital towards the end of the film.

Do not pass up a sip of Margarita, With A Straw. It could be life-altering. If nothing else, it will soak you with its warmth.

Srijana Mitra Das
Times Of India

8

The script somewhat over-diligently ticks every possible 'challenge' box, mixed marriages to a Pakistani-Bangladeshi visually affected lesbian. But that small quibble aside, MWAS is deeply moving, a philosophical film which makes you wonder if the body is a palace or prison - and evokes mothers to lovers who've cherished your soul.Try this Margarita - it's different.

Only Kalki Koechlin salvages the film in these moments with her understated and sensitive portrayal of a girl who is unabashed about her sexuality and unafraid to explore it. She embodies Laila, and therefore makes her story believable.

Suhani Singh
India Today

5

It is for Kalki's fine performance and Bose's commendable effort to treat its lead just like any other person, we recommend watching Margarita, With a Straw.

...is purely an emotional, slice of life film that will draw you with its simplicity. This is Kalki Koechlin’s best performance, watch it for her.

...is decent film but it will struggle at the box-office as it caters to a very niche segment of the audience.

Sachin Chatte
The Navhind Times

7

The acting is from the top draw, along with Kalki, Sayani Gupta and Revathy fit the bill.With a story that comes straight from the heart, Margarita With a Straw is eminently worth a watch.

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A little more effort would have turned Margarita With A Straw it into a wonderful film but despite the flaws, it’s surely an attempt in the right direction...

2

Shonali Bose packs too many emotions into this movie, some unwarranted, which takes away any emotions one might have had as the movie began. Also, she is obsessed with showing Laila (Kalki Koechlin) who is suffering from Cerebral Palsy as this sex maniac!

Reviewer Profile
Bollyspice

8

Margarita, with a Straw is a must watch.The film leaves you with a strong sense of wanting to make this world an equal place for all – isn’t that what the power of cinema should be used for in a world rife with inequality?

Audience Reviews for Margarita, with a Straw

  • Lasit Roy
    Lasit Roy
    32 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    6

    Modern tragedy. Good, Kalki made it more vivid and clear. Her acting is outstanding. Good to watch movie. Faminine world of abnormal women are captured with their desire to walk with the people in general- is the issue of the film. Good one.

    December 10, 15
  • Bindu Cherungath
    Bindu Cherungath
    126 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    Margarita with a Straw, a film by Shonali Bose, explores the life of a Delhi University girl suffering from Cerebral Palsy. This is a motor disorder, which restricts the movement of the person, but does not affect the intellect at all. In our country, unfortunately, every specially-abled individual is either looked at as a result of a curse or an object of pity. This film tells us that every individual is God's own creation and unique in their own manner and beyond any judgment. Shonali brilliantly puts across the story of Laila, a very sharp, talented, intelligent person and a music lover too. Very touchy topics viz. her growing physical and emotional needs, desires, her exploration to ascertain her own sexual preferences, her taking pleasure by visiting porn sites, her lesbian relationship, her being bisexual as well, her infatuations etc. are depicted with great dignity and sensitivity. Simultaneously, Shonali wins the audience' hearts with her portraying a wonderful mother-daughter relationship through her story; a family not discriminating between their two children etc. But, what supersedes is the journey of a girl to become self-reliant who gets absolutely comfortable with her own self, falls in love with self, seeks inner happiness by going on a date with self.
    Laila (Kalki Koechlin) is brilliant and convincing as a patient of Cerebral Palsy. Initially one struggles to understand her speech but as the frames move further, it becomes easier to understand her speech. How realistic, this is how, it happens in real life as well. She is a Delhi University student who dares to explore her sexual desire with another classmate (a specially-abled boy). She gets infatuated with Nima, a college band singer, and writes lyrics for the band but gets heartbroken when her love is not reciprocated by Nima. Laila wants to escape from the college environment, and to her respite, she gets a scholarship to study in New York University. Shubhangi (Revathi), a very caring and protective mother of Laila accompanies her to USA for making her settled there. Laila falls in love with an young activist. What happens thereafter, how Laila explores her life further, how she evolves into a self-reliant individual, how she fights with the odds / struggles of her life etc. forms rest of the story. Brutally honest Laila surprises you.
    Revathi is brilliant. Wonderful aspects of mother-daughter relationship are shown. Moments worth mentioning: Laila shares with Shubhangi regarding her first love, her heartbreak, her demand of privacy, expression of her sexual preferences, Laila leaning on the shoulder of Shubhangi while the later sings a classical song etc.
    Sayani has also justified her character so nicely. Laila is projected like any other normal individual who has different shades to her character - at times selfless, at times selfish, at times manipulative, at times sensitive, at times a rebel.Margarita with a Straw peeks into the complex inner world of Laila sensitively.

    April 18, 15