Tara Kapoor (Kalki Koechlin) rushes to Kerala after finding out that her husband Rajat Deshpande (Arjun Mathur) has seriously injured himself in an accident. There, she meets Shiv Natraj (Naseeruddin Shah), a professor who has been a regular at the hospital for 8 months owing to his wife Pankaja (Suhasini Maniratnam) who is in coma. Waiting is the story of an unlikely friendship between two individuals from different backgrounds. What they learn from the each other and how they reciprocate their love for their spouses is the story line around which the film revolves.
The characters represent things that are poles apart and director Anu Menon has established them really well. While Shiv is a patient, old school person filled with age and wisdom, Tara brings in the youthful, passionate and impatient characters. Shiv is ready to wait for his wife to walk out of her vegetative state and even goes to the extent of researching and even advising the doctors. Tara on the other hand, is even ready to pull the plug on her husband just to put him out of misery. The rest of the film shows us how they come up in terms of how their notion on life can be so different from others and ends up taking the audience on a feel good ride with some sprinklings of humor in unusual places.
Kalki has performed her usual best. Be it the emotional roller-coasters or the quirky city bred who doesn't mind standing for her opinion even if it means hurling abuses, she looks very convincing and comfortable in the role.
Naseeruddin, as always, has delivered whats needed perfectly. His portrayal of a self made man who loves nothing else in his life but his wife is sure to win our hearts. Some scenes between the two are a pleasure to watch. One such is where Tara rants about how she has so many friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter yet no one is there with her during a crisis while Naseeruddin asks her what Twitter is.
Despite the fact that the film tries to preach us at some points and the pace of its flow isn't for everyone, the splendid performances and deep philosophical undertones that the director has questioned are more than enough reasons to watch this film.