Waiting is an often depressing (in a good way), yet charming movie that would warm even the coldest of hearts with its simplicity. It tries (and often succeeds) to show that no matter how different on the outside, how old or young one maybe, every human has something with which they can connect with another. In the case of Waiting, that “thing” is grief. It’s not perfect all however, as a few observations the director makes about society could very well be characterized as character flaws than a commentary on society. Also, the movie can get preachy rather frequently but thankfully it just stops short of overdoing it.
Tara (Kalki Koechlin) is in the hospital. Her husband suffered serious injuries in an accident and is now in a coma. The doctors can only wait and watch for improvement. In the hospital, she happens to meet Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah), an elderly gent who’s wife has been in a coma for a while. Both of them are lost and missing a piece in their lives. Bonded by grief, the two form an unlikely friendship and help each other come to terms with their tragic situations.
Simply put, Waiting is a good film. It’s plot is simple, slightly preachy but hits the audience in the right spot. This is only possible because of the stellar job done by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. Their acting truly brings their characters to life. While one may not always agree with them, it's not at all hard to empathize with them. Is Waiting a must watch? Probably not, but if you’re looking for something a little different than your usual Bollywood drama, then this may just fit the bill.