Being your self is never easy.
However, finding ourselves is a journey and challenge that each one of us must undertake in our own unique way.Kalki Koechlin
’s character Laila (Margarita, with a straw; Dir. Shonali Bose
) portrays an inspirational woman fighting a battle to be herself – regardless of whether considered “normal” by societal standards or not.
Laila has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition affecting movement and coordination. Her disability provokes different reactions, negative and positive. Despite the challenges and discrimination that life throws her way, Laila is a determined individual full of dreams and of love.
Laila likes boys.
Laila also discovers that she likes Khanum (Sayani Gupta
), a girl.Falling in love
and having a relationship with Khanum begins another strand of self-discovery and self-acceptance within her journey.
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is still hugely frowned upon within the South Asian community – no matter which