In Margarita with a Straw Indian writer/director Shonali Bose 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. Margarita with a Straw features award-winning performances from some of India’s most acclaimed actors, including Kalki Koechlin as Laila in a remarkable and life affirming portrayal. Margarita with a Straw is told with insight and humor. Director Shonali Bose joins us for a conversation on censorship, changing perceptions within her home country of India on same sex relations and how her own life experience inspired the making of this warm hearted film.
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Margarita, With a Straw California is opening on May 20th at:
LOS ANGELES. Arena Theater in Hollywood. Arena Cinema in Hollywood
On Friday May 20 there is a pre-screening reception at 7pm and a Q&A with Director Shonali Bose following the 7:40pm show. Join her for Q&A’s after the following showtimes: Sat 4 pm, Sun 5 25pm.
“MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
“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
“A coming-of-age tale that treats its subject with the sensitivity it deserves …” – The Huffington Post
“Emotionally direct study of disability and sexuality… Big issues handled with dignity.” – The Guardian