Margarita With a Straw

2014 | Lesbian / New Release / Women's Studies | 101m | India
Directors: Shonali Bose

An honest, sensitive portrait of disability and the sexual awakening of an adventurous young woman, Margarita With a Straw has garnered praise around the world, and caused social waves in India upon release for its compassionate portrayal of taboo subjects rarely seen on screen. Featuring a remarkable and critically acclaimed lead performance from international actress / Bollywood star Kalki Koechlin.

Indian writer/director Shonali Bose (director of the internationally renowned film AMU ) beautifully portrays the story of a luminous Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who leaves her homeland to study in New York, falls in love with a young blind woman, and begins a remarkable journey to self-discovery and independence. Bose was inspired to write this humane story by her cousin’s experience with cerebral palsy.

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Reviews and Awards

“Director Bose handles the material with a light, elegant touch. It helps that the cast, especially the remarkable Koechlin who gives a bravura performance in both physical and emotional terms, can carry it all off.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Margarita With a Straw is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Intriguing and enjoyable” —Screen International

“From start to finish this film takes you on a unique voyage of self-acceptance” —AfterEllen.com

“A coming-of-age tale that treats its subject with the sensitivity it deserves …” —The Huffington Post

“Emotionally direct study of disability and sexuality … Big issues handled with dignity.” —The Guardian

“An acting triumph. Kalki is amazing … her spirit flying as she tastes the delights and dilemmas, from crushes to creative pushes, of a college student’s life. —Times of India