Margarita with a Straw (Hindi)
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Bollywood as a film industry has always been obsessed with stars and fluffy, over the top, claptrap cinema. So, 2015 has made for a year of refreshing change, with more and more grounded, realistic films finding appreciation from the right audience.

This week's Margarita with a Straw continues the winning streak, and in a big way. Writer-director Shonali Bose's award-winning film, which centers on a college student Laila in Delhi who suffers from cerebral palsy, makes for some of the most honest, uninhibited and unnerving viewing in Hindi cinema to date.

Quite a lot of films have been made on physically disabled protagonists the world over, but most end up following the same old established stereotypes religiously. In contrast, even though Margarita with a Straw's central character suffers from a similar affliction, the film is hardly about her struggles with her disease and her coming to terms with it. It doesn't play out like a Public Service Announcement about cerebral palsy, but the story of a character who happens to be suffering from it.

 

DVD Features:Dolby Digital 5.1,Anamorphic WideScreen,NTSC All Regions, English Subtitles
Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal, Tenzin Dalha, Kuljit Singh, William Mosley, Malhar Khushu
Director: Shonali Bose
Producer: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
Production Co: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Music Director: Mikey Mccleary

Margarita with a Straw is that rare film that reaches for the stars with its feet firmly on the ground, or in Laila's case, with her wheels firmly grounded. Honest, soaring, eye-opening and all the while entertaining, Shonali Bose's little gem of a film is a huge step forward for Bollywood when it comes to owning up to the realities and harshness of life with a smile. Well worth the price of your admission ticket, maybe even a second time around, take in the rich experience that the film offers with large gulps through your life-sized straw.

Veteran actress Revathi delivers an accomplished performance as Laila's mother, who has her daughter's best interests at heart. Despite what you might typically expect from a motherly character in such a film, Revathi actually gets a meaty and layered character to sink her teeth into. And once she bites, she doesn't let go, stunning you with her fluent transition from strict to vulnerable and back again. Sayani Gupta is immensely watchable as Laila's friend from New York who she starts getting close to. Much like Kalki, the difficulty that the physicality of her blind character poses is what makes it such a worthy performance. The supporting cast is full of gleeful little performances by captivating actors.

 

 

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