Margarita With A Straw, previously known as Choone Chali Aasman in the Indian market & Margarita With A Straw in the International market is a 2015 Indian film directed by Shonali Bose, starring Kalki Koechlin. Kalki plays a girl with cerebral palsy. The movie talks about her struggle with the normal activities in her life. Margarita, with a Straw is one of the five projects selected for the Work In Progress Lab of Film Bazaar 2013. The film made its world premiere on 8 September 2014 as part of the Contemporary World Cinema Programme at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The movie later went on to be screened at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, BFI London Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). It was released in India on 17th April 2015.
Laila (Kalki Koechelin) is a wheelchair bound teenager with cerebral palsy. She is a student at Delhi University and an aspiring writer who writes lyrics and creates electronic sounds for an indie band at the university. Laila falls for the lead singer of the college band and is heartbroken when she is rejected. But she soon overcomes this phase, when she gets a scholarship for a semester at New York University and moves there with her mother (Revathy). Living in Manhattan, she meets a cute guy Jared (William Moseley) in her creative writing class, who is assigned to help her in typing. She also meets the fiery young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta), a blind girl of a Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent, whom she later falls in love with. As she embarks on a journey of sexual discovery, she figures out she is bisexual, as she still feels attracted to men like Jared inspite of being with Khanum. Laila’s mother believing the two are like best friends and oblivious to the fact that Khanum is her daughter’s lover, invites her to Delhi to spend the winter break with the family. It is during that time that Laila finally finds the courage to tell her mother about her sexuality and her actual relationship with Khanum. It is what happens next that builds the rest of the story.