Kalki Koechlin shines as Laila in Margarita, With a Straw – Indian film opens #VIWIFF2015

Kalki Koechlin as Laila in Margarita, with a Straw

Kalki Koechlin as Laila in Margarita, with a Straw

By Manjit Bains

I’m not sure if this is a film I can tell you to watch.

How open are you when it comes to controversial topics surrounding coming of age? When you watch Hindi films, do you turn away from the screen when they’re about to kiss? If so, then this is not the film for you.

Margarita With a Straw is a beautiful film about love and balance, in whatever form that may take.

It is the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young girl in the process of becoming a woman. Continue reading

The girl who doesn’t just take ‘no’ for an answer: Panta Mosleh stars in PTSD short ‘Instance’

Panta Mosleh by BrandyLand Photography

Panta Mosleh by BrandyLand Photography

***Update: Instance screens at #VIWIFF2015 on March 5, at 6:30 PM. Purchase Tickets here.***
It’s the first time I’ve met Panta, yet when she bounds into the coffee shop we are meeting at, she greets me with a big warm hug like we’ve been friends for years. Hugs are also doled out to all the coffee shop staff.

Panta isn’t your average young actress, she’s bubbly and quippy yes, but she’s also very smart and determined. Panta also doesn’t listen to the word “NO”. Continue reading