8Margarita With A Straw (2014)
Margarita with a Straw was a breath of fresh air in 2014. It was an Indian drama movie directed by Shonali Bose. It has in the starring role,KalkiKoechlin who plays Laila, a teenager with cerebral palsy.The movie was produced by ShonaliBose in partnership with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.The movie was co-written by Bose and NileshManiyar.Revathi and William Moseley also had supporting roles in the movie.Shonali Bose hit upon the idea for the movie during a tet-a-tete with her cousin and a disability rights activist regarding her desire to have a normal sex life.
Laila played by KalkiKoechlin, is a teenager suffering from cerebral palsy who is studying at Delhi University. She is a budding writer and a composer who writes music for a band at the university. She inculcates a crush for the lead singer of the band but is dejected when the lead singer does not have mutual feelings. She is able to put the dejection behind her as she receives a scholarship from New York University and moves to Greenwich Village with her orthodox mom, played by Revathi.
She is an aspiring writer and also composes music for an indie band at the university. Laila develops feelings for the lead singer, but is heartbroken when she is rejected. Moving on from the experience, Laila is overjoyed to receive a scholarship for a semester’s study at New York University. Despite her father’s reservations, she moves to Greenwich village, Manhattan with her orthodox Maharashtrian mother Shubhangini (Revathi).
In New York, Laila meets an attractive guy named Jared who is assigned to her to help her in the creative writing class. She also meets Khanum, who is a blind girl of Pakistani Bangladeshi descent. Laila develops strong feelings for Khanum as the two fall in love with each other. But Laila is still confused about her sexuality as she likes Jared too and ends up having sex with him without telling Khanum. Oblivious of their affair, Laila’s mom invites Khanum to spend the winter vacation with them back in Delhi. Back in Delhi, Laila tells her mother about her sexuality and Khanum about her one off sex with Jared and is able to alienate both of them. Khanum breaks off the relationship and leaves Delhi for New York. Laila’s mother is diagnosed with advanced colon cancer which has relapsed after previous surgeries. Laila, putting her differences apart tends to her mother at the hospital and the two are reconciled again. Laila plays a recorded speech at her mother’s funeral telling how much she loved her and how she was the only one who ever understood her. She is later seen enjoying a day in the country, all by herself.