100 Min. | Drama | April 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
Staring: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta
Margarita, with a Straw Review: Margarita, with a Straw teaches us that irrespective of whatever condition you are born with – being blind or having cerebral palsy or whatever event happens in your life which changes your life’s circumstance, you should attempt to not be low on self confidence and self esteem and you have every right to command respect as an individual in your own right, have fun in your own way ie whatever your natural self desires to do and have a positive attitude to everything in life. The question is of whether you are able to be an individual who can follow his or her desire to the fullest as you rightfully should be able to without worrying about its consequences on other people close to you or worrying but making effort to tackle the same truthfully honestly or are you an individual who compromises and sacrifices for others and controls oneself from fulfilling his or her complete desires.
Margarita, with a Straw specifically reveals the reality of natural sexual desire which is there in all human beings but that desire can be anything and being a homosexual, lesbian or bisexual isn’t really a crime as many think of it but is an individual preference. This preference is sometimes not easily acceptable by the individual or the society as we have pre conceived notions about what we consider normal and what we don’t. There is nothing wrong in that as thats probably wired into our brains but on thinking we should be able to accept what is not normal as well and let individuals just be!
Technically, there isn’t anything one should be complaining about. Mike McLeary’s soundtrack is brilliant – the perfect vibe for a cross cultural movie as this. The casting in Margarita, with a Straw, is brilliant – Revathy, as the caring but traditional mother, shall remind you of everything that a mother is and can be. The placing is slow by regular standards of Bollywood, but is infinitely rewarding. The climax had me thinking of who it is sitting on the other side of the table – who is she dating. And it surprised, the metaphor in her choice may be unrealistic at first, and but she discovers her sanity in a world that keeps challenging her sanity. Overall, good acting by Kalki and a good watch.