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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.

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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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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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***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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India

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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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Brave & Affecting!
10 May 2016 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Shonali Bose's 'Margarita, with a Straw' is a Brave & Affecting Film, that pushes the narrative clichés & achieves something real. And Kalki's National-Award Winning Performance, Inspires.

'Margarita, with a Straw' 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.

'Margarita, with a Straw' is about Laila, rebellious young woman, who lives her life with courage & bluntness. The protagonist here, is bisexual & has no shame in coming out to her mother. She's not perfect, she cheats on her girl, for a man & accepts it. Laila isn't your done-to-death protagonist, but a much more daring & compelling one.

Bose's Screenplay is slowly paced, but its strong overall. The protagonist's journey has enough moments to arrest your attention, despite a few dull moments. Bose's Direction, on the other-hand, is realistic. Cinematography & Editing are well-done.

Performance-Wise: Kalki has emerged as one of the most versatile, fearless performers of her generation. And her terrific portrayal here proves that fact right, yet again! As Laila, Kalki is courageous, fierce & affecting, delivering an inspiring performance from start to end. Revathi is priceless as Kalki's mother. Its such a pleasure to see the veteran perform with such ease after a hiatus. Sayani Gupta as Kalki's blind girlfriend, is fantastic. Kuljeet Singh as Kalki's father, is adorable. Others lend good support.

On the whole, 'Margarita, with a Straw' dares to be different & yet it works. Watch It!


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