In a country where disability is still not accepted with an open mind and where the infrastructure of the cities make it difficult for the differently-abled people to live, comes a refreshing movie that throws light on how their life is no different to the life of an abled one.
Margarita With A Straw is
a story about a young teenager, Laila (Kalki Koechlin) who is bound
to a wheelchair as she suffers from cerebral palsy. Studying at
Delhi university she aspires to be a writer and creates electronic
sounds for an indie band. She falls for a guy who goes onto reveal
that he has no such feelings for her.
At a time when she in pain owing to her heart break, she
receives an admission letter to the New York University. This is
where she comes a young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta) with whom
she falls in love and embarks on a journey of sexual
Laila's mother (Revathi) too comes across a critical point in
life, where she has to choose between taking care of Laila like a
child or to let her grow into her own. While both Revathi and Kalki
have performed their respective roles to utmost perfection, there
are certain flaws in the movie.
Here are a couple of critics review...
Tanul Thakur of Firstpost:
The most notable triumph ofMargarita, With a Strawis
that it keeps asking disconcerting questions of its characters and
us, without spelling out the answers. A good film respects its
audience. A better film respects its audience as well as its
characters.Margarita, With A Straw, for most part, is a
Saibal Chatterjeeof NDTV:
Kalki is absolutely brilliant as Laila - so powerful and
convincing that she completely sucks the audience into her complex
The seasoned Revathy and the one-film-old Sayani Gupta, the two
women who bear witness to Laila's struggles to find her footing in
life, provide perfect foils to the central performance.
Do not pass up a sip ofMargarita, With A Straw. It could
be life-altering. If nothing else, it will soak you with its
Srijana Mitra Das ofThe Times of
MWAS is deeply moving, a philosophical film which makes you
wonder if the body is a palace or prison - and evokes mothers to
lovers who've cherished your soul.
Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi:
I will definitely recommend the film in spite of its loopholes.
Including the glitches, it is still a better film than most
Bollywood dramas you will watch. It is a slice of life film and
Kalki Koechlin's best.