Run Time: 100 min Release Date: Jun 28, 2016 Year Produced: 2014 Rating: Not Rated Language: Hindi & English Directed by: Shonali Bose Starring: Sayani Gupta, Revathy, Kalki Koechlin
This film appeals to: All Audiences


An honest, sensitive portrait of disability and the sexual awakening of an adventurous young woman, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW has garnered praise around the world, and caused social waves in India upon release for its compassionate portrayal of taboo subjects rarely seen on screen. Featuring a remarkable and critically acclaimed lead performance from international actress / Bollywood star Kalki Koechlin.

Indian writer/director Shonali Bose (director of the internationally renowned film AMU) beautifully portrays the story of a luminous Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who leaves her homeland to study in New York, falls in love with a young blind woman, and begins a remarkable journey to self-discovery and independence.  Bose was inspired to write this humane story by her cousin’s experience with cerebral palsy.

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“Director Bose handles the material with a light, elegant touch. It helps that the cast, especially the remarkable Koechlin who gives a bravura performance in both physical and emotional terms, can carry it all off. “ – The Hollywood Reporter
MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Intriguing and enjoyable.” – Screen International
“From start to finish this film takes you on a unique voyage of self-acceptance.” –
“A coming-of-age tale that treats its subject with the sensitivity it deserves …” – The Huffington Post
“Kalki Koechlin delivers the type of performance that in a major movie garners Oscar notice…” – Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn)
“Sensitive and provocative. . . a poignant and uplifting portrait of an individual determined to live life to the lees despite all the odds she faces… “ – NDTV Movies
“Emotionally direct study of disability and sexuality… Big issues handled with dignity.” – The Guardian
“An acting triumph. Kalki is amazing . . . her spirit flying as she tastes the delights and dilemmas, from crushes to creative pushes, of a college student’s life.” – Times of India