Movie Review - Waiting

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Director: Anu Menon
Cast: Naseerudding Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor, Arjun Mathur, and Suhasini Mani Ratnam.

Coming from the ‘NOW’ generation I can relate quite a lot to Kalki Koechlin’s character, Tara, being an independent, realistic woman with fierce, carefree approach to life. And how her husband, Rajat’s coma shook her to such an extent that she has no clue as to what to do. The other lead, Shiv, played by the amazing Naseeruddin Shah, is a retired professor, and in deep love with his wife cannot seem to accept the harsh reality of her condition and goes out of his ways to do everything to try and cure her. Coming from different generation, the characters have contradicting lifestyles, and thus the dialogues hint to these differences in a humorous way. 

Tara questioning Shiv about love, life and such philosophies. Shiv’s clear cluelessness of social media apps like Twitter, Facebook and how it’s beyond his grasp why would someone want strangers following and commenting on their, what is called ‘notice board’. How both of their coping methods show distinction of age and gender.

The movie also amazingly shows the relationship between doctors and the family members of patients, and behind the ICU faces of Doctors, how they learn to react and deal with life or death situations. How they are judged and questioned by the victims for being ruthless, money-minded and immoral.

And throughout the movie they are instances where small incidents make both of them laugh really hard. Even with such a huge gap they find common ground in terms of love, music, faith, need for support during grieving. The first half is quite interesting as the curiosity is being built, although the latter half lost the charm of the movie. In my opinion one can only enjoy the movie if they can feel the character’s emotions and be compassionate with it. So if you’re a teenager or college-goer or barely interested in philosophical lessons of life, you may want to sit this one out.

For people over the age of say 25, will definitely relate, and undergo the emotions and stages of grief with the characters on the screen. Not too melodramatic, simple, commendable acting by Naseeruddin and Kalki, a beautiful way of portraying such disastrous moments of a person’s life with great simplicity and flair. We’d rate it 3/5 overall.

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