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Playing lesbians on screen, Kalki Koechlin and Sayani

News Helpline | January, 01 2012

Kalki Koechlin plays a lesbian in director Shonali Bose's Margarita, With A Straw. 

Her character also suffers from cerebral palsy. Incidentally, the Shaitan actress' partner is none other than city girl Sayani Gupta — last seen as the young queen in Q's Tasher Desh — who steps into the shoes of a blind woman in this movie.
While actress-director Revath i plays Kalki's mother, Hollywood actor William Moseley aka Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia, will also feature in the film. A source revealed, "The film deals with disability. Kalki plays Laila, who falls in love repeatedly and yearns for physical love. The movie will have a world premiere by the end of this year."

Confirming the news, Kalki said, "I'm playing a lesbian, but the film is not so much about being 'a lesbian'. It's about a girl with cerebral palsy, who explores her sexuality and comes to terms with it. She falls in love easily and there's awkwardness about her since she doesn't know what sex is and how to interact with the one she admires. It's hard enough for any of us to come to terms with sexuality, and when one is disabled, there's an extra barrier of low self-esteem. The film explores whether Laila's bisexual, gay or heterosexual. The film also deals with nudity, but it has been shot aesthetically."



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