The sweet and edgy coming-of-age film Margarita, With a Straw recently thrilled on the red carpet at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, as it had its highly-anticipated European premiere screening. The red carpet saw an impressive turnout of media and paparazzi, as the stars of the film, its director and the inspiration for the film, the director’s cousin Malini, all walked the star-studded red carpet in London.
The award-winning Margarita, With A Straw was screened on 17th and 18th October 2014 at Vue West End Cinema and Vue Cinema Islington, London respectively, and received a standing ovation when it was screened. The film is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Jakhotia Group, Ishan Talkies and ADAPT, and the sales agent is Wide Management.
The Kalki Koechlin starrer is a slice of life film wherein ‘Laila’ embarks on a journey to seek love and acceptance. It 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. Its 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 Jared. The stirring musical score is by the prolific Mikey McCleary with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and Anne Misawa delivers beautiful, vibrant cinematography.