This is an off- beat film which makes wonderful viewing but will be a no-no at the box office. The setting is in a hospital where Shiv Kumar (Naseeruddin Shah’s) wife (Suhasini Maniratnam) is lying comatose for many months and in-spite of the doctors (Rajat Kapoor’s) advice that she should be put off the ventilator , Shiv insists that he will do whatever required to save his wife and whatever it costs but the doctors call it utter madness. But in all this chaos in Shiv’s life walks in a perky, fresh as a daisy beauty Mrs. Tara Deshpande (Kalki Koechlin) whose husband has been in an accident and needs to undergo an operation which might prove fatal but the doctors just give her the standard replies and she finds an ally in Shiv and soon a very beautiful relationship develops between them and they need each others shoulders to cry their fears off. Director Anu Menon has handled a sensitive tale very maturely and though the film is in Hinglish it makes wonderful viewing. Naseeruddin is as good as he always is and this is one of his better roles in recent times. Kalki looks beautiful and acts spiritedly and puts in an effective performance. Suhasini Maniratnam is very good in a cameo. Arjun Mathur’s good in a small role as Kalki’s husband. Rajeev Raveendranath, Marin Babu, support well. The cinematography by Neha Martiani is super glossy with the interiors of the hospital looking plush and most of the mis-en-scene is done very well. The editing by Nitin Baid and Apurva Asrani though slow is fluid. The music by Mickey Mcleary is good especially the background music and the waltz dance by Naseer and Kalki is especially good. All in all a film for the gentry.
At the box-office
The film is a non-starter!