Waiting: Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin got accolades for their roles much before the release of the film
Waiting movie stands true to its name as the protagonists kept waiting for their comatose spouses to come to life. Shiv Kumar and Tara Deshpande meet at a Kochi hospital while nursing their spouses that are comatose. Shiv’s wife is motionless for several months but Tara’s husband is comatose because of a critical head injury he received during an accident.
Shiv Kumar is married for 40 years but Tara Deshpande is married for a few weeks only. But both share similar problem that is whether they will ever see their spouses coming back to life. On the one hand, Shiv Kumar is calm and fortified by truth of life, on the other, Tara Deshpande has many dreams to fulfill and she isn’t ready to accept the truth that her husband is comatose.
The film gets a touch of reality with inclusion of Malyali. Since it is Kochi, all the nursing and paramedic staff talks in Malyali and it sometimes becomes irritating. Shiv and Tara are visited by family members, friends and well-wishers but they find solace in the company of each-other. The film moves smoothly and there is no difficulty in understanding the situation. Both Shiv Kumar and Tara Deshpande try to make their difficult times relaxing in the company of each-other.
Waiting is a comedy drama but from the story it doesn’t look so. How could a spouse enjoy life when his/her other half is comatose with little hope of recovery? Bu it is life and that is the message for the society. Neither Shiv nor Tara knows whether his or her spouse will come to life but they are hopeful and they know that the best will happen. They play dual roles that are of spouses of comatose persons and of individuals who want to live life to the full.
Naseeruddin Shah is a good choice as Shiv Kumar and it is evident from the accolades he got for his role. Similarly, Kalki Koechlin makes a perfect match against a very senior and experienced actor like Naseer. Together the team Waiting made a good attempt at making a movie different from traditional stories of romance, violence and politics.
Why watch the movie?
It is a different story not told before. The movie goes smooth as there are no mysteries involved. Also there are no unnecessary stories or emotions inserted in the picture. It is a story of two individuals whose spouses are comatose but they still have hopes and they want to enjoy their life.
It is a story of two friends that are no match for each other but they are friends. What joins them is their fate but they are enjoying the life in the company of each-other.
Waiting (2015 film) Trailer
Waiting (2015 film) trailer reaction
Directed – Anu Menon
Produced – Priti Gupta, Manish Mundra
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor
Music – Mikey McCleary
Production company – Ishka Films, Drishyam Films
Release dates – 11 December 2015 (Dubai International Film Festival), 27 May 2016 (India)
Running time – 1:38:00
Country – India
Language – Hindi