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Amu is the story of an Indian American woman who returns to India. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju learns that a horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.
Konkona Sen Sharma,
School kids organize an armed revolt in the 1930s in British occupied Chittagong. There are casualties on both sides. Later, one of those kids successfully leads the peasants to regain their food-grains earlier commandeered by the British.
***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 ...
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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