Almost a decade back Konkana Sen Sharma starrer film 'Amu', shocked its audience by showing some hard hitting reality related to the genocidal attacks on the Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. Cine-lovers loved this reality based thriller directed by Shonali Bose and wanted to see more films directed by her. After a decade, she comes back with her latest film 'Margarita with a straw', which is an unusual story of a girl with cerebral palsy. In the past, we had many seen films portraying its main protagonist suffering from some medical paralysis, but none of them has ventured with so much detailing attached to it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Margarita with a straw' will manage to give us a path breaking film due to so many talented people associated with it or might end up being one of those typical films, where the illness is used only to add the emotional quotient to the film.Story:
'Margarita with a straw' is a story of Laila (Kalki Koechelin), who is suffering from cerebral palsy and is an aspiring writer. Laila's family keeps looking after her, especially her mother (Revathy). Laila seeks an admission in New York University and there she meets a young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta) and falls in love with her. How does Laila deal with her sexuality and her family, is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is simple and has been presented with lots of moments and decent screenplay attached to it. There are many small nuances whichmanage to give a smile on your face along with a lump in your throat at frequent intervals. The movie is not a story of how a person is coping with his/her illness, instead this movie is about the girl suffering with an illness, trying to discover herself and her inner desires. It's a journey with lots of sweet and sour moments like Kalki and her friend trying to buy a vibrator, Kalki doing her routine stuffs, Kalki's expressing her feeling to Tenzin Dalha, Kalki dancing with her family, Kalki's moments with Revathy, Kalki's bonding with her writer, Kalki's swimming with Sayani Gupta, Kalki and Sayani in a restaurant followed by a night out and love making, Sayani sharing her story, Kalki's 'Bi' chat with Revathy, Revathy crying in front of the mirror, Kalki revealing her sexuality to Revathy, Kalki's confession to Sayani and many more such scenes. There are some great cinematic moments like the whole lovemaking track between Kalki and Sayani Gupta followed by the finale scene which sums the whole story. If only there would have been a scene before the finale, trying to justify the climax the impact of the film would have been more stronger. Also, the scenes are very short due to which in many scenes, the connection factor fails to establish. The middle portions of the film starts to wander and comes to a stagnation point due to its simple story line. The camera work is superb and the movie has been shot in a brilliant manner.Music & Direction:
Music is good, but not as per the level and demand of the film. 'Foreign Balamwa' is peppy and 'Choone Chali Aasman' is meaningful. The background music is superb and goes totally with the flow of the film.
Director Shonali Bose, comes up with a unique and unconventional film which touches many taboo subjects and presents it with total pride. She deals every issue attached to the film with total sensibilities and her fine skills as a director.The pace and the impact would have been on a different level only if there would have been some concrete scenes attached to it.Performances:
Kalki Koechlin deserves a standing ovation for her outstanding performance. She will put all her contemporary actresses to shame with her flawless performance. Her facial expressions, body moments, smile, innocence in her eyes, glowing of skin and such things adds up life to her character in the film. 2015 will be known as a year of Kalki Koechlin, as it's very rare that we get to witness such ace performances. Revathi lends brilliant support and does her part with total grace. Sayani Gupta is charming and performed her role with total integrity. Kuljeet Singh, Hussain Dalal, Malhar Khushu, Tenzin Dalha and others lend good support.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum?? Well, this movie is a must watch for all those who love sensible cinema and can appreciate fine performances as, Kalki raises the benchmark of Hindi film actresses with the help of her flawless performance. Though, the regular entertaining film lovers will shy away from this product and might find it too arty or slow as per their taste and sensibilities. On an overall basis, 'Margarita with a straw' is an intoxicating blend of ace performance & heartfelt moments, which deserves to be cherished with every sip of it.Ratings : 3.5/5