Margarita With a Straw


There are some movies which inspire us. Some which make us think. On the other hand, there are some which just makes our mind go blank! When the credits show in the end, we sit and wonder what hit us. We don’t feel like talking about it to anyone or share our experience. We dream about it at night. Replay some of the beautiful scenes in our mind again. Margarita with a straw was the just that type!

I first came to know of this movie when I read an article about it In Times of India. It said about how Kalki used to rehearse for it by being on the wheelchair every day for 2 hours without fail- to be able to enact a person suffering from cerebral palsy. When someone can be so dedicated, can the movie be bad?

Absolutely not!

Every little detail of this movie was just perfect- baked to the right extent. The whole movie is not just about Laila( Kalki Koechin). It is also about everyone who share her life with her. Be it her brother, her mother, her friend Dhruv , her father, her band at DU, her girlfriend Khanum or her foreigner crush Jared. Every single person had an important role- in making Laila realize her own importance.

Kalki looked gorgeous throughout! I have never seen her prettier! Positives of a break up? Not sure! Hats off to the makeup artist.

Revathy looked absolutely stunning too. And what a strong woman she has been portrayed as. I am amazed to see how directors these days depict woman as. If movies have even a tad bit of effect on our real life women, the world would be a much much better place to live! Her decisiveness, fighter spirit, acting as a support for her daughter who is, at many times, treated unfairly. And she has been extremely matured. When Laila confesses that she likes a guy at DU, she knows that it may not work out. But she lets her daughter feel what every other girl feels at her age. When she sees a porn site in Laila’s tab, she is annoyed- reacts like any other mother would. But everything was normal the next day!

When Laila tells her that Khanum is her girlfriend, she is taken back. But at the hospital, at her deathbed, she realizes that there is nothing called “Normal”. Normalcy is just over rated. What is organized for one is a chaos for someone else. What we associate our self to is what defines our Normal. With that, she gives Kalki a strength, to confront Khanum with the truth, to take a decision to stay back in India for now..and to be as strong as her mother was when she was alive!

I loved the way our Indianness was shown. Weighing the suitcase by weighing our own weight first and then with the suitcase, doubting the nurse when a gold chain goes missing, sticking bindis to the dressing table although they are never re-used, over packing when someone goes abroad.

Anything said or done by a person suffering from an illness is treated with pity in our country as if the person is not just physically challenged but also mentally challenged. As if they can’t be talented and everything done for them should be as sympathy. The contrast is shown in New York when the chess player notices Kalki is on a wheelchair but retorts the way he would have to any other human being when he says “you can watch but keep your mouth shut”. The moment when Kalki shows her finger on stage to the Jury was awesome.

Music throughout the movie was mind blowing.

The movie was all about the journey of a physically challenged lady, her relationship with her family and friends, her career aspirations, her sexual orientation, being from someone who is so hard on herself in the beginning to someone who accepts herself the way she is and finding happiness in that. By the end, the journey is as much ours as it was hers.


About Maya

Bored of the tedium and tired of the rut, I look for shelter in my imaginary hut; Behind these veils of propriety and decorum, I desperately seek a liberating forum; In my words and humor you'll find fire But beware and warned, It's all just Maya! Come, see my world through my window..

Posted on April 28, 2015, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nicely reviewed! I loved this movie for multiple reasons, but primarily with the way how “sympathy” was never even in the cards. Laila is not necessarily a “good” girl and I like how she is portrayed as a normal girl, with the whole spectrum of emotions that a teenager goes through at that age.


  2. True. Showing physically challenged for “sympathy” is very common. I guess the intention with which Shonali and Nilesh directed was never to create awareness or such. It was to show how a person evolves emotionally and physically by rather being among those who don’t face any such issue themselves. The spectrum of emotions – well said.


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