Kalki Koechlin’s Margarita With a Straw Wins Accolades

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 Margarita-03 [tps_footer]Margarita, with a Straw starring Kalki Kolechin and directed by Shonali Bose won the NETPAC award for Best Asian Film at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is about a young romantic rebel in a wheelchair. Undeterred by cerebral palsy, she embarks on exhilarating adventures of self discovery. The film has received raving reviews and a thunderous response from all quarters.

Margarita, with a Straw is both universal and groundbreaking. Director Shonali Bose and actress Kalki Koechlin have jointly created a character and a world that embody a love letter to life, with all its highs and lows, in spite of overwhelming physical limitations.”

Movies like Margarita, with a Straw are rare gems. The film addresses cerebral palsy, death, and sexuality, without superficiality. While many films may exploit these topics, this movie offers a fresh and much needed take. Laila—literally—gives society the finger as she addresses her desires and doesn’t conform to the prejudice of “normalcy.”

Margarita, With a Straw has also been officially selected at the 58th BFI London Film Festival and the 19th Busan International Film Festival. The film’s stellar cast also includes veteran star Revathy, Hollywood actor William Moseley (lead of the Narnia Chronicles) and the talented new face Sayani Gupta in pivotal roles.

It is scheduled for an early 2015 release in India.

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