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.

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Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar (co-director)

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Shonali Bose (story, screenplay and dialogue), Atika Chohan (hindi dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Kalki Koechlin ... Laila
Revathi ... Shubhangini / Laila's mother (as Revathy)
Sayani Gupta ... Khanum
Hussain Dalal Hussain Dalal ... Dhruv / Laila's schoolmate
Tenzing Dalha Tenzing Dalha ... Nima / Band member
Kuljeet Singh ... Baljit / Laila's Father)
Malhar Khushu Malhar Khushu ... Monu / Laila's Brother
William Moseley ... Jared
Jose Rivera Jose Rivera ... NYU Professor
Shuchi Dwivedi Shuchi Dwivedi ... Sameera / Band member
Doug Plaut ... Rob
Jennifer Silverstein ... Nancy
Jacob Berger ... Electronics Salesman
Marco Torriani ... Charles
Carlotta Summers ... Student
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***SPOILERS ALERT!!*** Laila is a teenager with cerebral palsy, studying at Delhi University. She is an aspiring writer and also composes music for an indie band at the university. Laila develops feelings for the lead singer, but is heartbroken when she is rejected. Moving on from the experience, Laila is overjoyed to receive a scholarship for a semester's study at New York University. Despite her father's reservations, she moves to Greenwich Village, Manhattan with her orthodox Maharashtrian mother Shubhangini. Laila meets an attractive young man named Jared, who is assigned to help her in the creative writing class. She also meets a young activist, Khanum (Gupta), a blind girl of Pakistani-Bangladeshi descent, with whom she falls in love. Laila is enamored by Khanum's fiercely independent personality and her positive perspective towards her own disability. The two spend most of their time together, filling in as each other's caregivers. Laila becomes confused about her sexual ...

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Drama

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Loved it.
6 November 2015 | by pooja_1390See all my reviews

Great art movie! I don't really watch Indian movies but when it comes to such art movies, it is indeed worth watching. This movie is different and yet entertaining. It teaches us about acceptance of oneself. Basically, the movie started off with a disabled teenager struggling with self-identity and sexuality issues which are very common during the phase of adolescence. The role of Leila, the main character, was so well played and portrayed by the talented Kalki Koelchin. Things become complicated when Leila flies to America to pursue her studies. She explores her sexuality fully. Taboo issues such as homosexuality have been subtly looked at. Finally, while being quite of a heart wrecking movie, it ends on a feel-good note where Leila is finally at peace with herself.


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India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Margarita with a Straw See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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