WAITING is a film about the special relationship between Shiv and Tara, who befriend each other unexpectedly in a hospital while nursing their individual spouses in coma. It is a film about grief, yes, but it is also about confronting it with optimism and learning to live with courage, love with faith and laugh with hope.
Despite its problems – and there are a few – Waiting is well worth your time. It sags post intermission, and the plotting is weak. But it raises important questions about life, love, and letting go. Plus there are those two splendid performances. That’s plenty to merit a viewing.
Both Naseeruddin and Kalki Koechlin are good fits for their parts in a film which segues easily between English, Hindi and a smattering of Malayalam.
Packaged with Naseeruddin as the adorable old man struggling to understand a younger generation and Kalki as the charming young, energetic woman, Waiting is a delight.Powerful performances and a realistic approach make this a film you’d want to watch.
If you are willing to watch a sensible film with soul, 'Waiting' is definitely a good pick this weekend!
Anu Menon’s true triumph lies in how she doesn’t vilify a profession or its uncomfortable reality to gather empathy for her characters...
An understated and superbly acted film about loss, grief and the human need to cling on to the physical presence of loved ones, Anu Menon's Waiting is at once heart-wrenching and uplifting.
...the writing wears thin in the latter half. Shiv's big revelation was unnecessary and the writers seemed unsure how to end it for Tara. And yet, none of it matters. For Kalki and Naseer's effortless performances, this movie deserves to be watched.
Watch this sensitive tale for Naseer and Kalki's brilliant performances.
Waiting is a delightful film that breaks the norms of soppy emotional dramas to present something real.
Humour blends with sadness beautifully in the film without making the script melodramatic.
The dialogues that stitch the film together are the soul of the film apart from the very realistic portrayal of their respective characters played by Shah and Koelchin. Both are terrific, nay, they gob-smack you with their handling of emotions which oscillates from the sane to insane!
As a viewing experience, Waiting is refreshingly restrained when compared to most other Hindi films. It struck me as a cross between Lost In Translation (2003) and The Descendants (2011).
The film gives a strange sense of comfort as it begins. A script so beautifully rare, 'Waiting' makes you happy when it begins.
Not since Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox have I seen an Indie film addressing itself to the ageless issue of human desolation and individual grief with such warmth, dignity grace honesty and humour.
What happens when two strangers who meet because their loved ones are in the hospital and they're waiting for news of their health? The need for human understanding, how you connect with the hospital staff, the madness of reading up on the disease... It's all there. Human and real and funny and serious.
Waiting is a film which you must include in your “Must watch” list. Director Anu Menon paces the film masterfully and her hold on the narrative rarely flounders. It has an enviable DNA with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin and Rajat Kapoor. It can’t get better than this!
Audience Reviews for Waiting
Waiting is Good...
'Waiting' is a slow, languidly paced film. Let me warn you, you'll get exhausted despite an enjoyably shot secomd half and a mellow, entertaining first half. But it is a very intimate, affectionate film which celebrates its romance, which unfolds in many layers and skims surfaces which are deep. Its premise is very Bollywood- and its treatment is so global that you believe that these desi characters can still inhabit amy part of the world. When they talk with each other, there's a strange wiring between them- thanks to the very fuzzy, warm writing. You should watch it. Not the best Hindi film of the year, still.