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Margarita, With A Straw: The issue is with the ‘normal’ people!

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Margarita, With A Straw

By Shilpika Srivastava

Amidst the melodramatic movies that continue to take over the Bollywood, here comes a movie that dares to raise the moot issue of the sexuality of a disabled.

A movie so delightfully and breezily delivered that it never seems like a work-out in politically correct awareness-raising. The central romance of the movie blossoms naturally and the movie’s protagonist matures in many ways, not just as a woman dealing with cerebral palsy. From New Delhi to New York and back, she explores her sexual urges and grows emotionally, from a  rugged teenager surrounded by parents at home to an uninhibited, happy, independent woman, who is much content to hit a bar by herself and ask for Margarita, With A Straw.

No, Margarita, With A Straw does not need an applause because of director Shonali Bose’s courage to make an exceptional movie on a specially-abled teenager, who is inquisitive about her sexual desires, but for the way Bose communicates protagonist’s journey to self-discovery.

The movie, which releases in Indian theaters tomorrow, April 17th, 2015, has not only managed to garner enough eye balls from all over the world, but has also earned huge accolades at international film festivals. The movie bravely shows the everyday tussle of the protagonist, Laila (played by Kalki Koechlin), and how she embarks her journey to seek love and acceptance.

However, the question is why the debate over a specially-abled person only starts in India after a subject-centric movie releases or an incident happens? Remember, how Taare Zameen Par had put forward the issue of a dyslexic child in India? Be it on news channels or the regular chit-chats between friends, dyslexia was the burning topic that ignited a fire in our hearts for a number of months. But, what happened after that? The topic was queerly packed and stuffed back in our subconscious minds. I am afraid that the same might happen with Margarita, With A Straw, or the ‘issue’ of the specially-abled people, to be precise.

The resident of East Delhi’s I.P. Extension, a mother of a beautiful autistic daughter tells NewsGram how the Indian society is biased towards the specially-abled people.

She says, “My daughter only knows a few basic words to communicate her few basic needs. She is a hyper active kid. She tells me stories about her school friends and the girly talks they discuss. It’s so normal. Like any other teenager, she also has a few desires, both psychological and physical. After all, she is also growing just like any other girl.”

Her pain was completely evident when she expressed, “I am constantly scared, not that my daughter is autistic and I worry for her future. I am scared for the way the society treats her, the way men gaze at her, the way she is treated when we go to a restaurant. I keep telling everyone that she is perfectly normal. She is not a character, but a free and absolutely normal individual.”

Margarita, With A Straw, no doubt, has created ripples about the treatment of specially-abled people in the society even before its release. Yes, the specially-abled can be bisexual too, they can also have crushes, they too can dream to be a DJ or a doctor. The issue is not with them. The issue is with us, the so called ‘normal’ people. It’s us who need to cut down on our biased behaviors and ideologies that stay somewhere deep down within us.

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Amritsar Train Tragedy Leaves Bollywood Industry in Shock

Here's how the celebrities reacted:

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The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Friday. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.

In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.

Here’s how the celebrities reacted:

Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar. Safety in public spaces has to be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.

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Anil Kapoor: A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured.

Alia Bhatt: The Amritsar train accident is heartbreaking. Terrible thing to have happened. This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety. Prayers for all those suffering.

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Shekhar Kapur: Absolutely horrific tragedy. Heart goes to the kin of those that dies and injured. Let’s not politicise this tragic event that has left more than 60 dead and huge numbers seriously injured… obviously there will be an inquiry later.

Diana Penty: Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the train accident in Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers. (IANS)