[Daily article] May 27: Waiting (2015 film)

Waiting is a 2015 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Anu Menon,
released in India on 27 May 2016. Produced by Priti Gupta of Ishka Films
and Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, the film was co-written by Menon
and James Ruzicka. It stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin
(pictured) in lead roles, supported by Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini
Maniratnam, Arjun Mathur, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Rajeev
Ravindranathan. Waiting focuses on the relationship between two people
from different walks of life who befriend each other in a hospital while
taking care of their respective comatose spouses. Neha Parti served as
the cinematographer, and singer-songwriter Mikey McCleary composed the
score. The film had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film
Festival in December 2015, and was also screened at the closing gala of
the London Asian Film Festival, where Menon won the Best Director Award.
Waiting was well-received by critics, with particular praise for the
performances of Koechlin and Shah, and for Menon’s direction.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


War of the Second Coalition: Austrian forces defeated the
French and captured the strategically important town of Winterthur,


The first group of the Dorsland Trek, a series of explorations
undertaken by Boers in search of political independence and better
living conditions, departed South Africa for Angola.


HMS Princess Irene was obliterated by an explosion off
Sheerness, United Kingdom, with the loss of 352 lives.


The Golden Gate Bridge, at the time the world’s longest
suspension bridge by span, opened between San Francisco and Marin
County, California.


Australians voted overwhelmingly to include Indigenous
Australians in the national census and for the government to make laws
for their benefit.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

silly season:
1. (idiomatic, journalism) A period, usually during the summertime, when
news media tend to place increased emphasis on reporting light-hearted,
offbeat, or bizarre stories.
2. (idiomatic) A period of time, as during a holiday season or a political
campaign, in which the behavior of an individual or group tends to
become uncharacteristically frivolous, mirthful, or eccentric.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Heaven is what you mix all the days of your life, but you call it
dreams. You have one chance to buy your Heaven with all the intents and
ethics of your life. That is why everyone considers Heaven such a lovely
place. Because it is dreams, special dreams, in which you exist. What
you have to do is live up to them.  
–Harlan Ellison

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