When you hear of a movie about a differently abled girl, the first thought to enter your mind is that it will be a depressing story that tells a tale of her difficult journey. Margarita with a straw is everything but that. Yes, it’s depressing. Yes, it is a story of her journey, but difficult? Not so much.
Starring Revathy and Kalki Koechlin, MWAS is a story of Laila, a girl afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Being a young adult, she is curious about normal things, has normal hobbies and normal friends. A curious girl who explores her own sexuality while coming to terms with life in general. No doubt Kalki has managed to bring Laila alive on the big screen. I didn’t want to refer to Kalki as Kalki but as Laila. She is Laila. While we speak of great acting, let’s not forget Revathy, who quite truly is the backbone of the movie. She is the adorable and lovable as ‘Aai’ especially when Laila comes out to her and says ‘Aai, main bi ban gayi hun’ and Revathy replies with an innocent ‘Main bhi Bai se kam hun?’ the laughter after that line seems as genuine as anything.
With performances that have touched hearts more than anything. Margarita with a straw is a bold and unconventional attempt in Indian Cinema when it comes to exploring one’s own sexuality, whether you’re disabled or abled. It clearly brings forward the point that a person with Cerebral Palsy only has their motor skills affected and not their intellectual skills. Which is something everyone must remember. What particularly irked me, even though the person might have said it in ignorance, is that Kalki is playing a retarded girl. She isn’t. She’s intellectually strong.
Not a lot of people have Margarita’s with straws and not many people appreciate a movie as bold, unconventional, unusual and real as Margarita With A Straw. If you’re going for this one, grab a box of tissues, a tub of pop corn, and your mom. (Yes, it will be super awkward for most, but I guarantee you’ll want to hug her after)