Margarita with a Straw (2015)

Though the film may appear to be about a girl with cerebral palsy, it is more about a girl who lives with the condition like any other. Kalki has played her most difficult role not only physically but mentally, emotionally and biologically as well.

We embark on her journey of discovering love, feelings of exploration, sexuality and above all self worth, self confidence and self love. The film is made with delicate detail and you cannot afford to miss a single frame, for it may be adding to the existing layers or be an important but quick nuance.

Revathy is the strong, silent, supportive and traditional mother. Sayani Gupta as Khanum is the epitome of confidence, perhaps a marker for where Kalki’s Laila aspires to evolve to. The entire supporting cast has been constructed to give their own little message, yet weave into the story to make it stronger. The title of the film is poignant as it speaks of a memory, of abandon and eventually of finding value through yourself.

Director Shonali Bose has told a bold and spirited tale, with sensitivity and maturity. Few films make you appreciate your senses such as this one. And it is a treat for them all.

3.5/5

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