Film review: Margarita, With A Straw
A girl finding herself, transcending her disability along the wayit's a film with a light touch, for all audiences
Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With A Straw is about Laila, a gawky, limpid-eyed, stubbornly wilful girl bound to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. Defying the possibilities that this one-line descriptor opens up, it is a beguilingly unstressed film. Bose does not drill in lessons on disability; she does not romanticize or demonize disability for dramatic results; and her lead actor Kalki Koechlin does not play the part like it is an acting stunt.