Here’s a slice-of-life drama with relatable characters, which does not come across as a melodramatic journey of two strangers. What makes it worth the watch? Read on to find out…
Star Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor, Arjun Mathur, Rajiv Ravindranathan and Suhasini Mani Ratnam
Director: Anu Menon
Producer: Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra
Claps for: Performances, Screenplay, Direction, Editing and Zara Zara song (sung by Vishal Dadlani and Kavita Seth)
Slaps for: Predictable Story
What’s New: ‘Waiting’ does not bother capturing the beauty of anything (even if the movie is situated in Cochin), but rather focuses on the emotions of the two main characters.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Recently married Tara Deshpande(Kalki)’s life goes upside down when she is informed about her husband’s accident in Cochin. Upon her arrival to the city, she is told about her husband’s critical condition and bleak chances of survival/getting back to his normal self.
With several conflicts in her mind regarding her scenario and how her friends decided to abandon her during such times, she finds solace in Shiv Natraj (Naseeruddin Shah) who too shares a similar story like hers.
Shiva’s wife has been in coma since the past 8 months, and his struggle to keep up with his loneliness and to keep her alive despite financial pressures has taught him various lessons; which he then passes on to Tara in order to help her cope with her emotional journey.
The film is all about how the two strangers find a good company in each other, despite the generation gap, while they are busy ‘Waiting’.
Performances: Kalki Koechlin is amazing and will win your hearts as the young, brash and always-abusing Tara Deshpande who is trying to come to terms with her husband’s accident. It’s not easy to make your audience feel the loneliness within you and the sudden change of emotions from being happy to getting angry unless you are an actor of her caliber.
Naseeruddin Shah, as always, is a complete delight to watch. He lets his eyes and body language do the talking while playing the calm and composed man, who is a “zen” of a person.
It is the beautiful and realistic chemistry between the two that makes this flick worth every penny. A scene where the two reconcile after a fight has Kalki calling him back with “Oye Naatak”, and that looks every bit believable, funny and adorable- all thanks to their performance and Anu Menon’s direction.
Rajat Kapoor is at his usual best. To believe him as a doctor who cares about his patients, or to take him as yet another doctor run by the institution’s motive of money-making – he will keep you confused yet vouch for him at several instances! Do not miss out on the scene where he teaches his junior how to give a bad news to the family members of a patient.
I am jealous of Arjun Mathur (who is a fantastic actor, no doubt). All that the guy gets to do is lock lips with Koechlin every now and then! *burning with envy*
Rajiv Ravindranathan has proved his mettle even in small roles- be it ‘3 Idiots’ or ‘English Vinglish’. And this one’s no less! He is wonderful as the shy colleague of Mathur, and provides little bit of humor every time he is on-screen.
Direction: Anu Menon’s previous flick ‘London, Paris, New York’ too dealt with an array of emotions within a person over a period of time. And this one too, deals with the same. However, ‘Waiting’ is quite ahead of her first flick- and is complete delight to watch.
Even though the story of getting two people, who are poles apart, on a similar page is a common one, it is their characteristics and the presentation of the movie, along with a pinch of humor every now and then (and she doesn’t even spare Twitter for that matter), which makes this one worth the watch!
Thankfully, this one’s an emotional human drama which does not take the melodramatic route and force you to shed tears. Menon keeps it real, yet entertaining and adorable experience.
Combo-On-Refill: Emotion + Humour + Drama
Verdict: We give the movie CLAPS for being a delightful journey of two strangers, along with mesmerizing performances and beautiful direction.