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BFI London Film Festival: Real-Life Inspired Indian film “Margarita, With A Straw” explores bisexuality, disability & sex in this coming-of-age drama



After a fantastic reception at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival, the 58th BFI London Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for director Shonali Bose’s Margarita, With a Straw.  Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Jakhotia Group, Ishan Talkies and ADAPT, the film will be screened on 17th & 18th October 2014 at Vue West End Cinema & Vue Cinema Islington, London respectively. The international sales agent is Wide Management.

The Kalki Koechlin starrer ‘Margarita, With a Straw’ is a slice of life film wherein Laila embarks on the journey to seek love and acceptance. The film not only received a standing ovation at its world premiere but also won the prestigious NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) award for Best Asian Film at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is directed by Bengali film-maker Shonali Bose, whose award-winning film Amu previously explored the suppressed history of the genocidal attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. The film’s impressive ensemble cast includes Sayani Gupta (Tasher Desh), who plays the feisty and beautiful feminist with whom Laila embarks on a special relationship, veteran Indian actress Revathy who essays the role of Laila’s mother and British actor William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia), who shines as Laila’s handsome friend JaredThe stirring musical score is by the prolific Mikey McCleary with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and Anne Misawa delivers beautiful, vibrant cinematography.

  • This sweet, edgy, stereo-type busting, coming-of-age drama tells the story of a teenage Indian girl (Kalki Koechin – Dev D, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) with Cerebral Palsy, who encounters life’s up and downs as she copes with her disability, her family and her emerging bi-sexuality.
  • Margarita, With A Straw is directed by Bengali film-maker Shonali Bose and inspired by the real-life experiences of her cousin.
  • The film also stars Sayani Gupta (Tasher Desh), who plays the feisty and beautiful feminist with whom Laila embarks on a special relationship, and British actor William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia), who shines as Laila’s handsome friend Jared.