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Touching upon a lot of intense topics, Margarita With A Straw gets you up and listening about all of them through a tale about a “different” person. But it doesn't necessarily get you engaged through and through.Read more
The opening shot in the trailer got me hooked – not to the film, to Kalki Koechlin. On first viewing, I just couldn't take my eyes of her performance.
It is ironical that I was so smitten with Kalki as a person with cerebral palsy, that it took me a second viewing to register what I had noticed first – the film wants us to disassociate the disability from the disabled.
Diabetes doesn't become the identity of a diabetic but a developmentally disabled person is always thought of as that disability. Margarita with a straw tries hard to make us look at the human behind the disability – a person who can flirt and love, have a sexual orientation, have rights to her privacy and so on.
Hopefully, these are not the only references and at the same time the film won't go overboard in trying to make this point. From what it looks like, these issues will be weaved into the narrative. Can't wait to watch it!
- meeta, a part of the audience
Young adulthood, experimenting with one's sexuality, being comfortable with one's selfishness because that is good for you, relentlessness of life, society's attitude towards homosexuality, dealing with death, and of course society's juggle between harmful over-sensitivity and insensitivity towards differently-abled people – these are some of the themes that Margarita With A Straw touches upon. Each of these make for a film by itself. Usually, a movie that tries to achieve all of this falls flat because it ends up being all over the place. Margarita With A Straw manages to tie it in all together, even if just barely. That in itself is an achievement, other than the fact that it even dares to touch upon so many topics that remain largely untouched by Hindi films.
Here's a confused yet composed character who is at most times sure of what she wants and finds one way or the other to get it – even if it is a way of resolving her confusion. She could teach us a lesson or two in accepting and loving ourselves with our flaws. Oh and she happens to suffer from cerebral palsy. She is an inspiration not only because of her disability, but because she is as normal as it gets. She is mean when she has to be, manipulative as necessary and generally a warm and cool person – Laila (Kalki Koechlin).
I am grateful to the writers, makers and actors for not making Laila an ideal, sacchrine person who we are compelled to like – as in you will be judged if you don't like her. Instead she is a person as grey as you and I. On the other hand, I always struggle with films that I find myself being thankful to for things they did not do. Isn't creating a multi-layered protagonist what a writer supposed to do?
Setting that aside, that I sensed all these layers without it necessarily being spelt out for me says it all as far as Kalki Koechlin's performance goes. Within a few minutes you start seeing Laila as a person beyond her disability. Can there be a better compliment for an actor who is playing a character with a disability, a developmental disability at that?
Each of the other characters are played by equally strong actors. Though they aren't written as strongly. For example, Revathi who plays Laila's mom plays it too cool for an Indian parent. If she is indeed a cool mom, that doesn't show through her character, but is something you have to accept because you are told so. In comparison, her father seems to be a more liberal parent of the two. Similarly, Laila's lady friend, Khanoum (Sayani Gupta) gets a rather flat treatment after the initial intrigue she creates.
And yet, these seem mere niggles in the broader space the film tries to encompass. It is indeed a challenge to get through talking about such topics, each one more important than the next, without being preachy. This one too slips into a “lesson” mode for a moment or so reminding you that it is a film. Even so, the film seems like it needed to be made. And it needs to be watched.
Margarita With A Straw is a statement on behalf the world's largest minority as Maysoon Zayid who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and calls it one of her 99 problems points out in her TED talk. They want to be disassociated from their disability. They want to create an identity that is separate from their disability. Like Maysoon, palsy is just one of the problems Laila has.
Similarly, Margarita With A Straw is simply amazing at the number of things it tries to achieve. Then again, just like it is wrong, at many levels, to reward a person because of their disability, would it be right to award points to a film because it is about a disabled person or the n other topics it touches upon? The related conundrum is do you take away points just because you don't want to be going wrong at many levels? That the question arises itself is testimony enough that Margarita With A Straw leaves a bit amiss.I can complain about not being touched deep within or I can feel happy that it didn't try to manipulate my emotions while having such a bait at its disposal and more. But, one thing it certainly is not is underwhelming. Now or later, in theaters or when its out elsewhere – do watch it! And legally, please.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Life : ...I admit I had more expectations from MWAS, especially after the glowing reviews it had received from almost everyone in Bollywood. But that shouldn’t stop me from recommending this movie as a definite must-watch this weekend. After all, don’t we always complain about the lack of quality films in Bollywood? Margarita…may not be a masterpiece, but it certainly has its straw…sorry, heart in its right place!... full review
Thumbs up, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...When a film that has a disabled character at its centre, calls itself Margarita With A Straw (and not Chhoone Chali Aasman, as suggested by Taare Zameen Pe’s Aamir Khan), you know nothing regular is coming your way. This cocktail is a must-try. And you might just ask for a repeat.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, DNA : ...I admit I had more expectations from MWAS, especially after the glowing reviews it had received from almost everyone in Bollywood. But that shouldn’t stop me from recommending this movie as a definite must-watch this weekend. After all, don’t we always complain about the lack of quality films in Bollywood? Margarita…may not be a masterpiece, but it certainly has its straw…sorry, heart in its right place!... full review
Thumbs up, by Tanul Thakur, FirstPost : ...Still, the most notable triumph of Margarita, With a Straw is 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 better film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...Neither does Kalki’s performance. She is absolutely heart-breaking and staggeringly lovely. Watch her in the little moments - the way her face crumples when a boy she likes doesn’t reciprocate or when Khanum’s sensuous touching makes her awkward.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...The one-hour-forty-minute-long movie, however, does distract the audience at times. There are sequences which appear rather disconnected. The first one hour of the film is engaging, but beyond a point, Margarita With A Straw appears badly chopped. There are a few random sequences that don't actually add up to anything in the narrative at all.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...This is a story that we needed to watch. Oh, and it will make you shed copious amounts of tears, so make sure you don't run out of tissues. This weekend, ditch a margarita in the pub and treat yourself to the one in the theatre... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Margarita With A Straw is purely an emotional, slice of life film that will draw you with its simplicity. This is Kalki Koechlin’s best performance, watch it for her. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The star cast is pretty good. A special mention has to be made of the ever dependable Revathi, who yet again delivers a convincing act. But of course, it is Kalki who takes your breath away with a superlative performance. Undoubtedly with one of the finest performances in recent years, Kalki lives and breathes Laila with such amazing ease and conviction that she stays in your head for a long time after you have left the theatre.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The film's greatness lies in its simplicity and honesty and also because it does not preach or make a martyr out of the disabled protagonist. If you are tired of watching the same old genres every weekend and are looking for something different, Margarita With A Straw is your cup of tea…or shall we say a glass of Margarita?... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum?? Well, this movie is a must watch for all those who love sensible cinema and can appreciate fine performances as, Kalki raises the benchmark of Hindi film actresses with the help of her flawless performance. Though, the regular entertaining film lovers will shy away from this product and might find it too arty or slow as per their taste and sensibilities. On an overall basis, 'Margarita with a straw' is an intoxicating blend of ace performance & heartfelt moments, which deserves to be cherished with every sip of it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Paloma Sharma., Rediff : ...Although certain scenes in the film could have been infinitely more powerful had the background score been stronger, one must laud Bose's use of deafening silence and Laila's wails in a scene at the hospital towards the end of the film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...But one still recommends the film wholeheartedly! How often in Bollywood do you see a differently-abled bisexual heroine, one who gets to have her own share of flaws, her romantic adventures, and her journey towards self-actualization? This margarita is intoxicating stuff, even if with a straw!... full review
Thumbs up, by VENKY VEMBU, The Hindu : ...Margarita narrates a moving, endearing rite-of-passage story of a ‘disabled’ young woman who embraces life in its entirety. As Laila, Kalki will make you laugh sillily — and also cry buckets. But not tears of pity or sorrow, just the joy of falling in love with a beautiful mind in a disobedient body.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...The script somewhat over-diligently ticks every possible 'challenge' box, mixed marriages to a Pakistani-Bangladeshi visually affected lesbian. But that small quibble aside, 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. Try this Margarita - it's different.... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Kalki Koechlin is not entirely convincing, but she is charming, adorable and we want to be with her. In the parts where the film works, it’s more because of her effort than the director’s. She stays in character as much as she can, till the director decides to send her on a drink, smile, love journey. She deserved a better second half, as did we.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...A little more effort would have turned Margarita With A Straw it into a wonderful film but despite the flaws, it’s surely an attempt in the right direction...... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ... In fact, in most of the scenes featuring Kalki emoting , the focus is largely on her face and eyes – as though telling us that there is much more to a disabled person than mere motor dysfunction. The coming-of-age elements are a bit formulaic no doubt but the lack of overt sentimentality in the depiction and the evocative performances make the experience richer. Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar manage to put-together a series of evolved moments that educate and inform. The personal inputs from Shonali’s sister’s struggle makes the effort much more poignant and elevating. Unfortunately the overall effort stops short of being completely cinematic.... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Margarita With A Straw can be summed up in one phrase - check out Kalki Koechlin. This has to be the role of a lifetime for her, and she has never been so endearing. Shonali Bose tries to bring to our notice an important element of society - the differently-abled community - but she does not make it too indulgent as far as sympathy is concerned. Definitely worth one watch, but only if you have the patience.... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...Early on in the film, protagonist Laila (Kalki) shows her middle finger to the judges of a competition in which a song written and composed by her is given an award not because of its worth but because she happens to be differently abled. Her defiance sets a heart-warming tone... full review
So-So, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...Margarita With a Straw has its heart in the right place and does have its share of moments. It also benefits greatly from a really good central act by its leading lady. But finally, the film does leave you wanting that something more after its running time is over.... full review
zohasheikh6: Margarita with a straw is an outstanding movie tbh.
yamakinkarudu: Margarita with a straw : A MUST watch
wallflower_ish: Margarita With A Straw is a must watch, this kind of cinema is rare ! Beautiful, pragmatic, and heart touching! @kalkikanmani u are awesome!
VVF47_MUFC: Loved margarita with a straw. Lovely stuff
VaradMUFC: "Margarita with a straw" no words to describe this muvi. @kalkikanmani deserve national award for this. Great job pretty lady. U made me cry
Vaga__bound: Margarita with a straw, must be enjoyed with a margarita and a box of tissues. Heart wrenching yet warm.
TweetsNowIn: Sangeeta: Margarita with a straw ..must watch for sure!! kalkikanmani take a bow nowww!! http://tweetsnow.in/319276 #… http://twitter.com/TweetsNowIn/status/589975595741765632/photo/1
ThePuccaCritic: Margarita With A Straw is so so beautiful. Absolutely loved it.
thecpirf: 'Margarita with a Straw' is a film that takes a look into the lives of people with #cerebralpalsy. Here is why it's a must watch.
tcajayant: Really underestimated @kalkikanmani as an actor. Margarita with a straw is a banger. A must, must watch.
Tarunnangia: Watched Margarita with a straw yesterday -- a good film http://twitter.com/Tarunnangia/status/589657894896803841/photo/1
SunaliniMathew: Margarita with a straw: of families, love, life. No, it's not about cerebral palsy #goodmovie
sridharrangayan: Check out review of Margarita With A Straw directed by Shonali Bose - a must see! http://baysidejournal.com/wp/review-margarita-with-a-straw-is-brilliant-coming-of-age-movie-with-a-twist/
SpoiledHobo: Margarita With A Straw- Such a wonderful, wonderful film. Can't get over it. @kalkikanmani, I officially declare my girl crush on you. <3
Soberphobiccc: Margarita with a straw is tremendously cathartic and focuses mainly on sexual awakening, brilliant performance by @kalkikanmani MUST WATCH!
snehagoel97: Margarita with a straw ★★★★☆
SideDoorGirl: Saw Margarita with a Straw. It is emboldening to know there're people who don't treat a handicap as a handicap. @kalkikanmani Bravo!
ShruBee03: Make time to watch Margarita With A Straw. @kalkikanmani and Revathi are WONDERFUL, and the movie is splendid. So well made, so impactful.
shradhabhatia: Margarita With A Straw is the perfect example of cinema with soul. Must admit that @kalkikanmani is the only one who could've pulled it off.
shazarch: But Margarita with a straw makes you laugh and cry for most of the film and you can't stop yourself from falling for @kalkikanmani
sbangotra: Films like Margarita With a Straw reassure that our film industry, despite its flaws, is headed in the right direction. More power to Indie!
Sangsterr: Margarita with a straw ..must watch for sure!! @kalkikanmani take a bow nowww!!
sachinchatte: Well scripted, brilliantly acted and no sloppy sentimental stuff, my review of Margarita with a straw- http://sachinchatte.blogspot.in/2015/04/film-review-margarita-with-straw.html @MWASOfficial
ronychutzpah: Watched Margarita With A Straw & am deeply moved. Will watch again. Congratulations @kalkikanmani & Shonali Bose ! http://twitter.com/ronychutzpah/status/589369808946237442/photo/1
Rheality: Margarita With A Straw was good
ravdeepchawla: Margarita with a straw... Such a gem... Made my day!
RasikhaVenkat: Loved @kalkikanmani in Margarita with a straw and the movie itself. Inclusive rights!!
Rajais: Loved the movie Margarita with a straw. Way to go team
Rahul_Shree: Margarita with a straw.....very different and nicely made....4/5
rafiulrahman: A special request to all my friends: please go and watch 'Margarita With A Straw'. There is so much of 'heart'... https://www.facebook.com/rafiulrahman/posts/900367479986614
r4traveller: Saw "Margarita with a straw"... good movie...Bollywood show come up with more such bold and offbeat stories. #MargaritaWithAStraw
Quirkfreak: College took us to watch Margarita with a Straw and The Court. Both movies are fucking brilliant.
pushliving: "Normalizing #Disability in film is exactly what is needed and this new #Movie Margarita With A Straw is a bold... http://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/movie-review-margarita-with-a-straw/
prkathale: Go and Watch Margarita With A Straw.. M sure you'd love seein dis realistic movie...
prenitadutt: Just saw 'Margarita with a straw' cannot remember when a movie moved me so much.. Great job @kalkikanmani N all who made it so special :)
poojalapasia: Loved 'Margarita with a Straw', soulful performances, tastefully handled and entertaining.
pkverdicts: Margarita with a Straw – Cinema at its Brilliance. Gold Plus 4.5* http://pkverdicts.blogspot.com/2015/04/margarita-with-straw-cinema-at-its.html
perkybhups: Kalki can now die in peace. She will always b remembered for Margarita with a Straw. And how good is it scripted n directed. Hats off. #MWAS
parasrishi: Margarita With A Straw - Absolute delight
NthPowered_: Saw "Margarita with a Straw". Artsy, good concept but Slow.. Great work by Kalki and Revathy.
nkarwanyun: Story of wavering emotions between interwoven human relationships. Margarita with a straw a must watch.
Neetu_Chandra: Watch only in theatres,soulful,must watch film MARGARITA WITH A STRAW. Sketches of thoughts wid every frame by d dir.Shonali @kalkikanmani
Navjotalive: Who all have seen 'Margarita with a straw'? (not the drink. the movie). Is it GOOD? worth a dekho?
nannar96: Margarita With A Straw seems like such a good movie.
Naim_K: Saw 'Margarita with a straw'. Beautiful movie and brilliant acting by @kalkikanmani! Must watch. #MargaritaWithAStraw
Ms_RanbirKapoor: Margarita With A Straw <3 @kalkikanmani love you!
MiniChitwadgi: Margarita with a straw. That's the kind if movie I rather watch to get my mind off certain things. So beautiful.
milantheshrink: Margarita with a Straw is the "coming of age" of Hindi cinema...Congratulations to Shonali Bose...Great work by @kalkikanmani and Revathi
mental_Aunty: Just saw Margarita With A Straw. @kalkikanmani take a bow, you woman are awesome! Thank you for this experience, my mom's still speechless
mehrotra_chetan: Margarita with a Straw...excellent movie..Kalki deserves an award for it!
Megha08Mia: Margarita with a straw is just too awesome. Its an amazing movie... loved it. Well done @kalkikanmani
matter_den: Head to #Matterden for a classic movie experience. Watch 'Court' or 'Margarita with a Straw' this weekend!
Manshu: Watched Margarita with a Straw, fantastic movie.
Manibarathi: <3 <3 <3 "Margarita With a Straw" <3 <3 <3 is a world class Indian film. <3 <3 <3 Very glad about Hindi films... https://www.facebook.com/mani.bharathi.39/posts/10206171325259514
Malani_Karishma: 'Margarita With A Straw' Tweet Review: It belongs to Kalki Koechlin, she owns her character Laila
madhvi15: The wound is where the light enters you ...rumi . Loved "margarita with a straw"
macarooniac: Bollywood is evolving...Margarita with a straw...Brilliant
l3eing_Vandana: Margarita with a straw! Tastes good!
kevalkothari: And we feel our life is complicated.. Margarita with a straw...fantastic!! @kalkikanmani..What a performance!!
kendallmaiea: Margarita With A Straw: Beyond labels: A lovely film that is not weighed down by the tricky issues it explores
karthik132: Margarita with a straw is a wonderful movie on how everyone want their freedom and be normal, no matter what disability or deficiency.
kabu007: Margarita with a straw. Take a bow shonali bose and kalki koechlin. What an amazing movie..Go catch it.
jyadamathans: 'Margarita with a Straw' is a film dat will make u smile, shock u and will bring tears in ur eyes... Go and watch... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=836471989774178&id=145678145520236
japna_p: Just watched Margarita With A Straw, no doubt the movie is wonderful. On another note, I'm amazed the censor board did not cut it.
imipsy: cinema with Soul' is a rarity in today's time. Shonali Bose's 'Margarita with a Straw' is one such film. Go & watch it friends.:)
HighHeelsWaali: Margarita with a straw is a good movie. But like any good Margarita, the end is just slush and ice. In effect, Meh.
h_tejas: Margarita with a Straw is bold, funny, sensitive and quite cute at the same time. @kalkikanmani has done a fab job. Do watch it.
GuyBehindBeer: You guys should definately watch Margarita with a Straw. Kalki outdid herself. Movies like this one is what we need.
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gimguii: Margarita With A Straw was really nice... You should watch it.
gaurav_q: Fell in love with Margarita With a straw. Sensitive, powerful, and a brave film. superbly great performance by @kalkikanmani.
FajuJix: Such brilliant acting @kalkikanmani. Margarita With A Straw is an amazing movie.
etalkies: Margarita With A Straw is a film with lot of heart and a powerful performance from Kalki, the film will soak you.
eshwarnag: margarita with a straw is a decent movie. kinda beautiful. but brilliant performance by kalki koechlin
dvrmickey89: #Margarita With A Straw is a film with alot of heart and a powerful performance from @kalkikanmani brilliant in this heartfelt movie
drajaygill: Margarita with a straw. Nice movie. Emotional to the core. But a little disappointing towards the end. Overall, kinda must watch !
diyasur: Watched an intense movie Margarita with a straw...touched
dhwani13: Margarita with a straw. 5/5. Beautiful movie
deepak_nailwal: Margarita With A Straw, is a great watch but not for everyone...
cosmic_repartee: Margarita with a straw. smile + lump in the throat combo. Complex issues maturely & sensitively handled. Great direction & acting.
codelust: 'Margarita with a straw' - very very nicely done.
CloudOfBooze: Margarita with a straw. Such metaphor much wow.
clintonjeff: Watched "Margarita With A Straw" today. *Such* a great movie!
chocophilix: Margarita with a straw and Byomkesh Bakshy. The weekend was good!
cdhineshkumar: Margarita With A Straw feature - Honest, Appealing :) Kalki Koechlin - staggering :)
BlinkySprite: Margarita with a Straw and Court. Both brilliant. Go watch.
bbchoudhary: Watched 'Margarita with a Straw'. Good movie!
barnaligb: Margarita with a straw is a must watch. Kalki was brilliant. Take a bow Sonali Bose.
BalaShroff: 'Margarita with a straw' an outstanding film, award winning performance by Kalki, excellent direction by Shunali Bose.
arnoldwilson02: The whole cast of Margarita with a Straw should take a bow.. There r very few movies that are this good!!
angelcharlie8: Margarita with a straw beautiful movie. #mustWatch http://twitter.com/angelcharlie8/status/589894019578101760/photo/1
An1ruddha_: two good movies in one day. Jobs and Margarita with a straw.
ambsjsingh: Enjoyed 'Margarita With A Straw',sensitive treatment of uncommon theme, superb acting by @kalkikanmani as a CP afflicted free spirited girl.
am_kmr: PUBLIC REVIEW: Margarita With A Straw - Must Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmaQ7jj3wOk&feature=youtu.be via @YouTube
ajayjethi: 'Margarita with a Straw' is an incredible story of a challenged girl which is portrayed with candour, humour & refreshing sensitivity
abaoker: Margarita with a Straw!! What a brilliant acting by Kalki and direction by Shonali Bose. It's must watch @kalkikanmani , Congratulations!!
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