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BFI London Film Fest review: "Margarita, With a Straw"


Margarita, With a Straw

Dir. Shonale Bose. India. 2014. 100 mins.

Margarita, With a Straw
follows the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young wheelchair-bound girl from Delhi with cerebral palsy, who wins a scholarship to study in America. The film explores headstrong Laila’s coming of age and the manner in which both her disability and her burgeoning bisexuality colour her explorations of this new adult world in a warm, often playfully humorous way.

“Being friends with normal people won’t make you normal!” spits Laila’s best friend Dhruv (Hussain Duval), who is also a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy sufferer, as she shuns his advances to pursue her crush on her able-bodied bandmate Nima (Tenzing Dalal). When their band – for which Laila writes lyrics – wins a competition and the judge openly admits it’s because she’s in a wheelchair, she uses the opportunity of being comforted by Nima to fall… Continue reading