Anu Menon’s Waiting is subtly poignant and extremely witty when it comes to the script. With comic elements used in the form of irony, one instantly realises how clever the script is. Generation gap is quite aptly portrayed between the two lead characters. So, while Shiv is a professor and is well-read on medical journals, he has no clue what Twitter is. Tara on the other hand, is a spunky girl whose reaction to Shiv’s 40 year marriage is ‘Fu*k’.
What gives this story a touch of realism, is the character detailing. How Shiv whom Tara considers ‘Zen’ is also vulnerable and tends to lose his cool when it comes to facing the ultimate reality of life & death. The supporting characters too, are built with great intelligence, so on one hand you have a Doctor who knows he is not God but he often has to step into God’s shoes for his patients.
Particular scenes such as the one where Shiv explains to Tara the different stages that her grief will go through over time are brilliantly written. There is a minor detour to the story with Shiv’s character revealing a secret in the second half and that is enough to convey to the viewers why the man desperately wants his wife to gain consciousness.
Overall, the script’s light nature keeps you hooked to the screen. Waiting is a delightful film that breaks the norms of soppy emotional dramas to present something real. For the stellar performances by Kalki and Naseerduddin Shah, I am going with a 3.5/5 for the film.