Review: Waiting



Genre: Drama
Duration: 98 minutes
Language: Hinglish
India Release Date: 27-MAY-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

Shiv and Tara support each other while their partners are healing at the hospital.

Overall Review:
Director Anu Menon’s second film Waiting is a story of Living, Loving and Laughter. Film instantly engages the audience by conveying a depressing story of tragedies in a very light-hearted manner. Sometimes people can’t get better, and the film addresses the challenge of accepting that fact. A tight editing keeps this film at a sufficient run time of 98min which is in favour of the film. The high point of the film is its script; with comic elements fused in the form of irony, it gives an individual a thought on how clever the script is. Waiting is heartfelt masterpiece with exceptional performances from Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. The film makes us ponder over a very vital point: What is True Love? – is it to let go of your beloved in spite of your emotional need for them or is it to unconditionally accept them in whichever shape or form they are. In a pivotal sequence when Tara (Kalki) is clueless on how to handle her helplessness and grief as her spouse is in the ICU, Shiv (Naseeruddin) insights her on the five stages of long-term grief, which are: Denial, Anger, Bargain, Depression & Acceptance. Movie ends with a strong message: “Do the rightful thing when you have realized there’s nothing better you could do but to let go and hope for the best OR Just Move On”.

Performance & Technical Review:
Naseeruddin Shah does a great job as Shiv, who is internally broken. He makes the film look easy on the eyes with the graceful act. Kalki Koechlin wins you over with her highly expressive performance. She makes Tara likeable and relatable. Rajat Kapoor as Dr. Malhotra makes an effective supporting character. He excels in the scene where he explains his fellow doctor on how to break bad news to the patient. Rajiv Ravindranathan puts life into a small role of Girish. Music finds its place in the situations and is quite aptly presented. Hardly any work on cinematography as film is shot majority in the hospital. Direction is brilliant. Anu has ensured that there is not a single dull moment inspite of the film dealing with Longing and Losing one’s loved ones.

PDF Verdict:
Waiting is a delightful film with stellar performances from Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. The simple story from Anu Menon makes it feel familiar to those who’ve spent time in hospital’s waiting room while also serving as a useful guide for those who haven’t. Putting all the ingredients together, Waiting is a great slice of a life film! A Must Visit Room.

Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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