Waiting: For a Miracle!
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Anu Menon’s film ‘Waiting’ speaks volumes about life and its momentariness. It breathes life into us with hope and resilience to deal with uncertainties in life. It asks some philosophical questions about how we perceive love and our relationships. It tells us that holding on to someone and something that we love may not always be the right thing to do. It makes us understand that sometimes letting go is a gesture of expressing your love to one whom you love the most.
The word ‘Waiting’ may mean differently to changing situations – it can be longing when in love; it can be frustrating when you are impatient; it can be anger after repeatedly failed assurances; it can be just helplessness when you loss grip of life’s situations; it can be mere prayers when you just rely on some miracle to happen. Anu Menon’s ‘Waiting’ takes the viewers through a string of above mentioned emotions and feelings through her well-developed characters Shiv and Tara – the lead protagonists.
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Shiv Natraj, a professor is in waiting since eight months holding on to the hope that his wife will come out of coma who is hospitalized in an elite hospital in Cochin. He has mugged up everything written on net, books and research journals about similar cases, possibilities and treatments for speedy recovery and is not ready to hear anything negative about the possibility of not getting back his wife hale and healthy. For him his 40 years of married life with his wife Pankhaja ( Suhasini Maniratnam) a Keralite had been a joy too difficult to let go. On the contrary, Dr. Nirupam Malhotra (Rajat Kapoor), the doctor in charge of his ailing wife has a different opinion. Dr. Malhotra believes that Shiv is unnecessarily and unrealistically holding on to his wife and its high time he should give consent to remove her from life support system.
Tara is shocked, shattered and is struggling to come to terms to see her husband in a vegetative state in the same hospital after he met with a tragic car accident in Cochin. She is yet to come out from her newly married bliss that this incident struck her so hard. She feels lonely and frustrated even more when she says she has more than a five thousand twitter followers and fifteen hundred facebook friends and yet no one around. She is disillusioned about her friends and friendship when she finds alone in the hospital corridors waiting for a good news to reach her about her hubby’s recovery.
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Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as Shiv and Tara are so natural and strikingly perfect in their act that the viewers are able to internalize the trauma, pain, and hope they experience in their life. They both bring on screen quite successfully the mind set and point of view about life of two schools of thought – the old and the young Gen Y. According to Shiv the young are in a hurry – everything for them is ‘Now’ and ‘Oh Shit’ Oh fuck’ may sometimes mean as ‘Oh Wow’ or ‘Oh wonderful’ too!!!
And for Tara, Shiv is Zen like. Disturbed but yet calm, shattered but still gathered together, uncertain but certain even in uncertainties, helpless but still helpful to others.
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The roles played by Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam, Arjun Mathur, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee as Tara’s friend and Rajeev Ravindranathan as Girish - office colleague and friend of Arjun Mathur are noticeable and well performed. Each character is distinct and has an important role to play in developing the story further. The climax is the crux of life that leaves the audience to figure out what life actually is to them!
Apurva Asrani and Nitin Baid’s editing does wonders to this film. Apurva is already basking in the glory and positive response ‘Aligarh’ received and ‘Waiting’ is another feather in his cap for his awesome work. Music by McCleary is noteworthy and songs like Zara Zara sung by Vishal Dadlani and Kavita Seth; Tu Hai Tho Mai Hoon sung by Anushka Manchanda and Nikhil D’Souza; Got My Eyes on You sung by Mikey McCleary; and Waiting for You sung by Anushka Manchanda and Mikey McCleary are too good and melodious. These songs are worth to be added to your personal collections.
Anu Menon truly deserves all the credit for offering such a believable, soulful and life inspiring film. In short, life is a series of bold decisions and some keeps you ‘Waiting’!
Are you waiting to watch ‘Waiting’, then please don’t… just go and watch this beautiful film without any further delay and get blown away by its take on life, bonding and love!!!! Live, Love and Laugh!!!
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 4/5
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah (Prof. Shiv), Kalki Koechlin (Tara), Rajat Kapoor (Dr. Malhotra), Arjun Mathur (Husband of Tara), Suhasini Maniratnam (Pankhaja)
Genre: Family Drama
Director: Anu Menon
Producers: Priti Gupta, Manish Mundra
Written by: Atika Chohan (Dialogues)
Screenplay: Anu Menon, james Ruzicka, Atika Chohan
Music by: Mikey McCleary
Cinematography: Neha Parti Matiyani
Edited by: Apurva Asrani, Nitin Baid
Production: Ishka Films, Drishyam Films
Release Date: 27th May, 2016
Duration: 98 Minutes