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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 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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***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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Country:

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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1.85 : 1
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Kalki shines in the lead, Sonali made a beautiful masterpiece.
20 April 2015 | by maulin5See all my reviews

#MargaritaWithAStraw : A Sonali Bose film, starring Kalki Koechlin, Revathi & Sayani Gupta. The film describes an abnormal person's life, her relationship with her mom, her boyfriend, her normal friends, her foreign tour, her classmate, her gay partner, & at last with her, too. Sonali explains every situation very politely. This film is surely not a cup of tea for many viewers who love masala movies. This film made you to think, to love yourself, to enjoy life without any fear of being criticize. So, stop judging and enjoy the life! Surely watchable in the theater. But, only interested one can go, otherwise those kind of people who pass comments (if you are in this category, please don't go. Because you have to be keep quiet while watching.) may spoil others mood. So, enjoy the movie and at last, cheers to Kalki!


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