Margarita with a straw: Conflicting emotions brilliantly put together
Thumbs Up: Acting, portrayal of emotions, good handling of the subject
Kalki Koechlin has been a role-defining lady since the onset of her career. She has time and again taken up roles; no actress would have dared to. Shonali Bose’s latest offering is something you wouldn’t wanna miss. The story of a girl suffering from cerebral palsy and how she comes to terms with her orientation and ultimately with her life, is a beautiful journey on the screen for you to discover.
In terms of acting, the film ranks too high. But if you personally know a suffering cerebral palsy patient, you wouldn’t agree with a few instances shown in the film. But nevertheless, the flick has beauty of its own.
Kalki as Laila is the surely going to walk away with a lot acclaim and words of praise for her magnificent performance. She is scared, going through conflicting emotions, loses her loved ones but then ultimately comes to terms with herself and her life. She finds the ultimate key to her happiness and enjoys what she is left with. The character is layered and is shown well on the screen. At times, she is too smart of a person suffering with the ailment she suffers with.
Revathy as Kalki’s mother is scintillating. She is the rockstar mom all would die to have. She loves her family and children in ways that her maternal afflictions show instantaneously. She is always there for her daughter even on her death-bed and thereafter.
Others actors like Sayani Gupta, Kuljeet Singh, Hussain Dalal and others too have put up a great show.
The film’s story extremely personal and the pain of the family who went through it all reflects highly on the story. Sometimes stories are born out of the love we have for our close ones, even when they are not physically present. And Margarita with a straw was born out of such love.
Thumbs Down: A few instances that don’t fit in
The cinematography and screenplay is done very well. The Delhi leg as well as the New York leg of the film looks wonderful on the screen. The highlight of the film is the refreshing music by Mikey McCleary. The songs are soulful and you would strike a chord with it almost in an instant.
Watch or not:
You shouldn’t walk out on this one. It is a very fresh story and the world needs to see it. I wouldn’t say it isn’t flawed, but then again we have the gut to watch crappy commercial masala blockbusters which make no sense at all. So why not give Margarita With A Straw the chance to be explored!