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Movie review: 'Waiting' is beautiful tale that represents love, loss, hope....
It is said that, "Cinema is mirror of the society," but Bollywood is so much involved with popular, repetitive topics that it overlooks many subjects that form a wide part of our lives. Many of us face sad happenings, heartbreaks, sorrows, and losses. And the same has been shown in the film 'Waiting'.

Directed by Anu Menon, the film 'Waiting' revolves around an improbable bond shared between the retired Kochi professor Shiv Natraj (Naseeruddin Shah) and a young Mumbai woman Tara Kapoor-Deshpande (Kalki Koechlin). Both of them have been brought together by tragic turn of events, and how their life takes turns, is the film all about.

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin

Director: Anuradha Menon

Genre: Drama

Duration: 1 Hours 39 Minutes

Since last eight months professor's wife is in coma and is put on life support, while just married Tara's husband has been admitted in the same hospital due to a serious head injury in a road accident. The troubled duo spend hours in the hospital's waiting room, in a hope that their partners will be in sound condition one day.

Tara and Shiv's fate brings them together and they get to know each other steadily. Later, they seek solace in each others company. Well, they also get into the fierce arguments at times over the destiny of their respective partners.

'Waiting' presents story of two lives simultaneously. Shiv, who has been married for 40 years, is desperate to see his spouse Pankaja (Suhasini Maniratnam) with a new life. On the other hand, Tara has been married for only 6 months now, and is equally resolute to see her husband Rajat (Arjun Mathur) healthy once again.

At one side, Shiv and Tara ensure a good bond of friendship, while on the other side, they have their own issues to deal with. Shiv wants his partner to go through operation while the hospital seems reluctant. Contrarily, the doctors suggest surgery for Tara's better half but she is unsure. Mathur loves sports, thus Tara is concerned that whether he will be able to play games and participate in marathons again.

Now, will both the protagonists be able to fight with their fate or give up in front of the destiny, is rest of the story about.

The performances by the actors are great. Both Kalki and Naseeruddin are best in their respective roles. Both the actors have brought life to the film. In fact, both the protagonists have made the film an interesting watch.

Other actors like Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam, Arjun Mathur and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee too have done considerable jobs when it comes to performance in the film.

However, all credit goes to director Anu Menon for choosing a subject untouched by anyone in the industry. 'Waiting' is a beautiful tale that represents emotions, love, loss, fear to lose and hope all in 99 minutes. The film is interesting to watch especially for those who always look for a different type of content.

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