CAST & CREW
Along with the big Shahid Kapoor starrer Chance Pe Dance comes a small budget thriller directed by debutante Maneej Premnath, who has previously worked with Ram Gopal Verma. With a relatively new star cast, does the film have all it takes to emerge as a winner? Let’s find out!
A young girl Tina ( Radhika Apte), a Gujarati couple ( Sandeep Kulkarni and Prateekha Lonkar) and a suspicious man Karan are stuck in the waiting room of a deserted railway station of Tanmalai where just one train passes daily.
A serial killer is on the prowl, targeting the passengers of the waiting room creating a fearing vibe for them. As the film unfolds, secrets are revealed, and mysterious deaths occur. Is the serial killer among them? If yes, then who? Watch the film to find out.
The Waiting Room has a plot interesting enough to make you sit through a film based solely on a railway station. What it lacks, though, is making you sit on the edge of your seat. The screenplay falters making it easy to guess the killer.
It is the technical team that helps the film to sail through. Simply put, there wasn’t much meat in it to keep you hooked throughout the film. The all-expected climax doesn’t help too.
Casting largely unknown actors work well for the film. Raj Singh Choudhary plays effectively as the “suspected” killer. Radhika Apte stands out. Marathi actors Sandeep Kulkarni and Prateeksha Lonkar in good form too.
1. Dilshad VA’s cinematography is worth an applause. The rain soaked railway station is the major reason we remain tense, even if the proceedings aren’t so.
2. The camera work and sound design are used quite effectively.
3. The runtime. How often do you get to see a Hindi film that’s just over one-and-half hour long? All thanks to a brilliant editing.
What’s not there?
1. A very weak and hurried climax. With a better climax the film could have been so much better.
2. The screenplay, which fails to keep an air of suspense. Some plot points are just too convenient.
3. What is a mystery film without a few twists and turns?
A commendable attempt to go off routine, but not good enough to term it as a must watch.
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