Reviewed byanindya-sahaVote: 8/10/10
Imagine the joy when you surmount a big challenge, see a majestic birdsoar into the heavens or see someone living big despite a lot of odds!
I was frankly delightfully numbed by the overall story of this movie,the authentic act by the overall cast, especially Kalki. If there is areal contender for an Academy award, this film is rightfully startingat your face!
The only part where I thought there was a little more focus given thanfitting was the sexuality but all the same, it was honest! This is nota fairy tale which has to stop at kissing the princess, this is realand what life is all about.
I felt Bollywood has done a somersault and landed on its feet - feltproud.
At the end, without alienating anyone, I would say this is not foreveryone. While very entertaining, if you are more of the masala moviestype, this may not be for you.
Reviewed byNikhil KamraVote: 8/10/10
After watching this movie, I am seriously having a hard time believingthat Kalki DOES NOT HAVE cerebral palsy in real life. I need to watchsome of her interviews perhaps to let reality set in after beingconsumed by this flick. It's been hours since I finished watching it,and I still cannot get over it.
This movie is so much and so little, both at the same time. No it isnot perfect, but it is damn well near perfection.
On the surface it's your average story centered around a person with adisability. That's it.
But beneath that are so many layers.
It sends out a message not just about the lives of people withdisabilities, rather about outcast people, in general. It says so muchby saying so little. I love how they chose to just show the life ofthis one person. They didn't shove her disability down our throats.Neither did they try to shove the aspect of her sexuality down ourthroats. She is portrayed just like a regular person, like you, likeme. She faces problems at home, in college, in another country, justlike we would. I, for one, never felt like she was different from anyof us. 20 minutes in, I completely forgot that I was watching a movieand not a real life portrayal of a person.
Yes, it did get a tiny bit cheesy with that music contest in thebeginning, but the turnout was pretty funny and really unexpected.
All the other characters are also portrayed perfectly. I really likedthe character of her mother too. She was very realistic. Not only her,but everyone, from her college friends, to her family, to her malecompanions, to her blind girlfriend. Everyone was extraordinary. Almostnone of them came short. And none of them felt forced.
I especially loved the ending sequence. It really touched my heart.
I don't get why movies like these are like hidden gems in our country.I barely heard about this movie when it came out. Rather, I stumbledacross it when I was surfing one day. Rather than advertising thesemasterpieces, Bollywood focuses more on the average or sometimes evenbelow average romantic comedies and action flicks. Don't get me wrong.Even I enjoy those sometimes, but THIS is what Bollywood needs rightnow. And I'm glad to see more and more such movies are being made inour country. I think we are going to see a huge change in Bollywood,only a few years from now. It's already started. :)
Trust me when I say this, because I don't say this very often, butKalki deserves an Oscar for this movie. Kudos to her, and the rest ofthe cast for this near perfection.
8.5/10 Don't miss this. It's a must watch for everyone.
Reviewed byDwij VasavadaVote: 8/10/10
Quoting in a broader sense, there are 3 kinds of actors: 1. Humans whomake great actors 2. Actors who make great humans And the3rd...........? Book a show of "Margarita With a Straw" to experiencethe 3rd kind called Kalki Koechlin. In a snap you'll confront to theprowess & virtuosity of this super-skilled woman only to fall in lovewith her (again). 'Laila' will instantly conquer your heart with hereyes & body language. It is tough to imagine people with cerebralpalsy. What's tougher is to admire & respect their choices around theirsexuality & life in general. And MWAS's vulgar-free modus operandienables us to do this. The subtle-yet-bold performance from Kalki & herjourney of discovering her sexual choices is substantial &heart-warming at the same time. Overall, in a society like ours wherewe witness a cocktail of strong opinions, it might just be a liberatingescapade to have Shonali Bose's Margarita.......With a Straw! smileemoticon #margaritawithastraw #bollywood
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.