Margarita with a Straw: A Quick Review

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Margarita with a Straw PosterWhen IPL started the good thing was that there were barely any people on the street and traffic was sparse. Now the best part is that good movies and indie movies get a 2 month window to be released without being afraid of getting gobbled by blockbusters. ‘Margarita with a straw’  and ‘Court’ are 2 such examples. 

Kalki Koechlin is the Eddie Redmayne of Hindi cinema and gives a spectacular performance as Laila- a teenage girl with cerebral palsy. In a ‘woman- centric’ movie she is aptly supported by her blind Pakistani friend Khanum (Sayani Gupta) and by her mother Shubhangini (Revathy, who seems to be slowly graduating to Nirupa Roy of the 21st century). After essaying a similar role effortlessly in ‘2 States’, she plays an understanding mother to Laila. Not only does she reconcile with her daughter’s sexual needs, but also motivates the musical genius in her aptly.
Kalki seems to have studied the behaviour of cerebral palsy afflicted kids very well. Even in her close-ups she has the most appropriate expression. And unlike Bollywood actors who tend to overdo or glorify any handicap, she plays to perfection- with nuances of subtle humour- the character assigned to her.
The collaborative effort in this movie brings the desired results as the writing and direction (Shonali Bose- Nilesh Maniyar) is just to the point and editing ( Monisha Baldawa-Bob Brooks) ensures that there is never a dull moment. Special mention for the music. Very good example of how different genres of music get integrated in the movie seamlessly and yet the story is never stretched!
After its premiere at Toronto Film festival last year and subsequent screenings at festivals in Busan and  Santa Barbara, this movie seems to definitely on its way to win Indian hearts… and get a few tongues wagging too.

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