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.
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. less
“Its honest story and inspiring performances make this Margarita worth a try (with or without a straw)! ”
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Review Margarita With A Straw & earn 20 DM Points.*
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!