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Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 June 2016 (USA)
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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.

Directors:

Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar (co-director)

Writers:

Shonali Bose (story, screenplay and dialogue), Atika Chohan (hindi dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kalki Koechlin ... Laila
Revathy ... Shubhangini / Laila's mother
Sayani Gupta ... Khanum
Hussain Dalal Hussain Dalal ... Dhruv / Laila's schoolmate
Tenzing Dalha Tenzing Dalha ... Nima / Band member
Kuljeet Singh 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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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 orientation, as she is ...

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Official site [Japan]

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India

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Hindi | English

Release Date:

14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Choone Chali Aasman See more »

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$850,000 (estimated)
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A fun inspiring movie with truths about reality and acceptance
20 April 2015 | by Abhinav ParekhSee all my reviews

This film teaches us that irrespective of whatever condition you are born with- being blind or having cerebral palsy or whatever event happens in your life which changes your life's circumstance, you should attempt to not be low on self confidence and self esteem and you have every right to command respect as an individual in your own right, have fun in your own way ie whatever your natural self desires to do and have a positive attitude to everything in life. The question is of whether you are able to be an individual who can follow his or her desire to the fullest as you rightfully should be able to without worrying about its consequences on other people close to you or worrying but making effort to tackle the same truthfully honestly or are you an individual who compromises and sacrifices for others and controls oneself from fulfilling his or her complete desires. The film specifically reveals the reality of natural sexual desire which is there in all human beings but that desire can be anything and being a homosexual, lesbian or bisexual isn't really a crime as many think of it but is an individual preference. This preference is sometimes not easily acceptable by the individual or the society as we have pre conceived notions about what we consider normal and what we don't. There is nothing wrong in that as thats probably wired into our brains but on thinking we should be able to accept what is not normal as well and let individuals just BE!

Overall good acting by Kalki and a good watch.


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