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Margarita with a Straw Movie Rating: 3.5/5

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Margarita with a Straw Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Despite some bumps in its final act, Margarita with a Straw strikes just the right tone. There are unexpected moments of humor, a coming-of age story that feels uncompromised, and a protagonist whose disability slowly fades away in the background as you begin to see her as a ‘normal’ person navigating the tricky journey of adolescence.I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Margarita with a Straw. Don’t miss the film, or you’ll miss what is likely one of the year’s strongest performances by a female actor.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta    Site:http:Indianexpress.com

People with disabilities are not ‘those becharas’. They are like you and me, in many essential ways. Laila is certainly not a ‘bechari’– that poor thing, to be pitied and patronized : she acknowledges her difficulties but doesn’t let them overwhelm her, as she trundles down the path, to find herself.For our cinema to acknowledge this is an achievement. I am raising a Margarita, as a toast. Now where’s that straw?

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra  Site:Youtube
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Paloma Sharma   Site:Rediff.com

Margarita, With a Straw is a refreshingly, brutally honest film which ends up making the tiny mistake of adding an emotional, clichéd ending. Although certain scenes in the film could have been infinitely more powerful had the background score been stronger, one must laud Bose’s use of deafening silence and Laila’s wails in a scene at the hospital towards the end of the film.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Shubha Shetty-Saha   Site:Mid-day.com

The star cast is pretty good. A special mention has to be made of the ever dependable Revathi, who yet again delivers a convincing act. But of course, it is Kalki who takes your breath away with a superlative performance. Undoubtedly with one of the finest performances in recent years, Kalki lives and breathes Laila with such amazing ease and conviction that she stays in your head for a long time after you have left the theatre.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee   Site:Ndtv.com

The film takes a dramatic turn from this point on as it tracks the evolution of the Laila-Khanum relationship and the consequent threat of the protagonist drifting away from her mom.Of the many surprises that Margarita, With A Straw has in its folds, none is as big as the virtuoso performance that Koechlin delivers.She is absolutely brilliant as Laila – so powerful and convincing that she completely sucks the audience into her complex world.The seasoned Revathy and the one-film-old Sayani Gupta, the two women who bear witness to Laila’s struggles to find her footing in life, provide perfect foils to the central performance.Do not pass up a sip of Margarita, With A Straw. It could be life-altering. If nothing else, it will soak you with its warmth.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Srijana Mitra Das  Site:Timesofindia.com

The script somewhat over-diligently ticks every possible ‘challenge’ box, mixed marriages to a Pakistani-Bangladeshi visually affected lesbian. But that small quibble aside, MWAS is deeply moving, a philosophical film which makes you wonder if the body is a palace or prison – and evokes mothers to lovers who’ve cherished your soul.Try this Margarita – it’s different.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By:Bollywood Hungama News Network  Site:Bollywoodhungama.com

The music (Mikey McCleary) is definitely one of the film’s highlights. The film’s music acts as a bridge to connect the audiences with the film. While the cinematography (Anne Misawa) exudes its own charm, the editing (Monisha R Baldawa) acts as a key factor in the film. On the whole, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is decent film but it will struggle at the box-office as it caters to a very niche segment of the audience.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Surabhi Redkar  Site:Koimoi.com

I will definitely recommend the film in spite of its loopholes. Including the glitches, it is still a better film than most Bollywood dramas you will watch. It is a slice of life film and Kalki Koechlin’s best.

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About Margarita with a Straw: 

Margarita with a Straw is an upcoming 2015 Bollywood film, written & directed by Shonali Bose and produced by Shonali Bose.

Release Date: April 17, 2015

Running time: 100 minutes

 Director: Shonali Bose

 Screenplay: Shonali Bose

Music composed by: Mickey McCleary

Kalki Koechlin as Laila
Sayani Gupta
Kuljeet Singh
Malhar Khushu
Jacob Berger
Tenzin Dalha
Shuchi Dwivedi

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    A heartwarming ‘cheers’ to ‘life’! [4/5]

    Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that could damage and affect the ability to move, balance and to walk in a normal posture. Difficulties with speaking or swallowing are also visible symptoms but that doesn’t play down the level of intelligence in brain or the degree of passion in heart. So next time, if you have luck to meet someone having Cerebral Palsy, greet him/her normally. Try not to be abnormal!

    Well, that was an FYI. Otherwise; why to discuss, give importance or rather even care to mention something like CP, if you already have plenty reasons to celebrate a better syndrome called ‘Life’. MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is a passionate, moving and inspirational drama that is hardly any normal, regular or ordinary.

    Maharashtrian mother [the ever-gifted Revathy] married to Punjabi father is driving a matador van with a sliding platform for her wheelchair-ridden daughter Laila (the exceptionally good Kalki Koechlin). And the daughter doesn’t blink her eyes while showing her middle finger to a traditional Indian saree clad socialite for being shamelessly and insensitively sympathetic to her disabilities. Laila is a rare breed. She is ready to fall for all the cute faces around and boldly explores every bit of her maturing sexuality, first with the emotionless sex-toys to a friend-for-all seasons [Hussain Dalal], Nima- the cute-faced lead singer of her college-band, the supportive batchmate in the university of New York and later, with Khanum [Sayani Gupta]- a rebellious visually impaired lesbian born to mixed parents from Pakistan & Bangladesh.

    Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is a delightfully delicious slice-of-life film that doesn’t accept to exploit the empathy ‘normal’ people build up for these differently-abled souls; not for once. And kudos to Bose and her co-writer/director Nilesh Maniyar for keeping that unflinching honesty and unadulterated emotions intact in the script! The highlights in the film are the reflective moments between Laila and her mother especially when the latter realizes about her daughter’s sexual preferences. Meanwhile, Bose gifts us one of the most beautiful characters in Laila who could inject varied emotions in you effortlessly, without making a fuss over it. She smiles, you smile! She cries, you don’t because you know she’ll bounce back the very next minute. Kalki Koechlin is not just there to fill in the blanks. She gives more than what required and transits her soul in Laila. It’s one of the toughest roles ever came to Indian actors, physically and emotionally too, and Kalki makes it look like an expert’s job. Neat, clean and sparkling!

    Revathy, too doesn’t fail. Her ever-understanding, encouraging and extremely caring mother is a perfect pitch. Watch out for her immaculate performance in front of the mirror in her bedroom where she sheds it all after the day is over [I don’t put spoilers]! Be ready as the heart breaks and bleeds. Sayani Gupta as Khanum adds sparks, sensuousness and susceptibility. The background score is soft and uplifting so is the cinematography. Nice, cool and glittery!

    Overall, Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW celebrates life, and the overwhelming spirit that never gets affected by anything bad or worse. It also handles some of the issues our society needs to open its eyes and minds to; in a very delectably endearing mood. Order a margarita; for a change, with a straw to taste it for a longer and lasting experience! Say ‘cheers’ to life!! [4/5]

  2. Thanks Mr.Gaurav for such nice review.

  3. Pathetic confused movie. Absolutely disgusting.

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