Margarita With A Straw

Margarita With A Straw

2.8 478 Ratings

Directed by : Shonali Bose

Release Date :

  • Critics Rating 3.3/5
  • MJ Rating 3.6/5
  • Rate now
  • Write a review

plot

This is an intensely personal film dealing with a topic that hardly any movies have met on - sexuality and disability. This is a tale about a young rebellious woman who embarks on a breathtaking journey of self-discovery.

Verdict

“Its honest story and inspiring performances make this Margarita worth a try (with or without a straw)! ”

Margarita With A Straw Credit & Casting

Kalki Koechlin

Credit

Margarita With A Straw Box Office

  • Gross: INR 5.60 cr.
Disclaimer : The box office number indicates the approximate lifetime earnings of a film in India. Although it has been collated by extensive secondary research/ resources, we don’t guarantee its accuracy and assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions. However it is sufficiently indicative but not exact figures of the box office performance of a film since release.

Margarita With A Straw Audience Review

With this Margarita, Celebrate ‘You’ for being ‘You’!

| by Divay Agarwal |
Rated 4.0 / 5
| See all my reviews

Write a review

Review Margarita With A Straw & earn 20 DM Points. Exchange DM points for cashbacks*

* Powered by FAVCY


Yes, this film is not for everyone. Neither it has the dose of masala that you need, the rib-tickling jokes on which you would die laughing. Nor, it deals with the social issues of disability and bisexuality in a manner which makes you feel sympathetic or makes you cry. It's all about ‘Moments’- moments that drive a journey of a person in finding love, finding herself and then celebrating life. And MWAS indeed is a beautiful journey that will find its own set of audience smiling with a margarita by their side!

The movie starts with Aai (Revathy), the woman of the house driving a metador van with her daughter Laila (Kalki), her son Monu and her husband (Kuljeet Singh) prepared to be dropped off at their respective institutions. Laila suffers from a disorder called cerebral palsy and has a boyfriend with the same disorder. Stephen Chbosky once wrote -“We accept the love we think we deserve” but Laila was different. She felt normal and wanted normal and that’s why she falls for a guy called ‘Nima’ who’s the lead vocalist of her college band. Nima talks to her on HD skype calls (despite very poor net connections in delhi) but doesn’t reciprocate the love she desired.

Just when Laila is about to be broken, she gets a scholarship call from New York University where she meets Khanum (Sayani Gupta) who makes her feel wanted! She makes Laila desire for much more,  things she never thought of wanting – from margarita instead of a coke to a girl instead of a guy (while the background singer at the club sings – “I need a man”).  How Laila becomes sure of what she wants and how she learns to celebrate life is what happens next.

Shonali Bose, the director of National Award winning film Amu which went unnoticed by mass (sad but true) showed glimpses of her skills in that brilliant film. Stepping into commercial shoes, Shonali did not compromise on her storytelling and the end credits show that this movie was more of a personal triumph for her than anything else. I loved the way she handled the intricacies of her characters and the ‘moments’ she made her actors create. She’s shown Delhi very refreshingly, as it is (Thank God for no metros/Jhandewalan Hanuman Murti/ India Gate being shown). Also, that shot of empty chairs at the terrace towards the end of the movie is inexplicable.

The only problem I had with the movie was the timeline. It was a 100 minutes movie but seemed much longer. Maybe, it was because of the emptiness of a good background score!

Kalki as Laila was brilliant. It is perhaps one of the most challenging roles for a person to take up and Kalki did perfect justice to it. Her best cinematic performance till date proves her enormous talent on bigger stage shown majorly to the Theater world before. Revathy as Aai is spot on as the Indian mother who takes charge but listens , cribs but supports, catches porn but then understands. Sayani as Khanum is very well suited to the role and did a great job with it. So did Kuljeet Singh who played Laila’s father - Be his nervous conversation on cricket match with his wife or the silent sobbing at nights with a feeling of a helpless husband!

In all, I would suggest everyone not to give this movie a miss. Out of those 100 minutes, more than a few minutes will definitely inspire you!

  • Storyline
  • Direction
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Music

Movies You Might Like


Kalki Koechlin Expresses Her Desire To Do Romantic Comedy

Kalki Koechlin Expresses Her Desire To Do Romantic Comedy

Recently, Kalki Koechlin shared her wish of doing a romantic comedy. We have ...

Kalki Koechlin Talk About Beauty In Bollywood

Kalki Koechlin Talk About Beauty In Bollywood

Margarita with a Straw actress Kalki Koechlin feels that Bollywood needs to b...

Sayani Gupta Finds Potential Mentor In Kalki Koechlin

Sayani Gupta Finds Potential Mentor In Kalki Koechlin

Actress Sayani Gupta debuted in Indian cinema with an unexpectedly exceptiona...

20 Superb Movies That Were Made By Indian Female Directors

20 Superb Movies That Were Made By Indian Female Directors

If there is some research about the words that are most frequently used on s...

Exclusive: Kalki Talks About Being Stereotyped As An Offbeat Actress!

Exclusive: Kalki Talks About Being Stereotyped As An Offbeat Actress!

Is it just us or do you also feel there’s more to Kalki Koechlin than j...

Exclusive: Kalki Talks About Her National Award And Her Upcoming Film ‘Waiting’

Exclusive: Kalki Talks About Her National Award And Her Upcoming Film ‘Waiting’

Whoever’s seen Kalki Koechlin’s last year sentimental drama Marga...

loading..