“Waiting” ~ A Beautifully Scripted Short Film

“Waiting is a purely simple movie that is both thought-provoking and heartwarming, where I applaud the co-stars who have done a brilliant job in their roles .”

   As always, no spoilers. This will be a fairly short note, yet I feel compelled to write a movie review on this film, despite the time passed since its release (December 2015). Given how underrated I believe the movie was, and it didn’t seem spoken of very much, here are my thoughts on this beautifully shot film.

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‘Waiting’ Poster © NewKerala.com

   Since the trailer had come out for the movie “Waiting”, I’d literally been waiting to see it, as it had been a fairly impressive and intriguing one. Furthermore, it came to my interest that this movie had its first premiere in the Dubai International Film Festival and had received positive feedback from the critiques, hence my curiosity was piqued. A friend had already told me that the movie was shot in Kerala, predominantly in Cochin in fact, yet somehow it had slipped my mind and hence the movie being part in Hindi and English, as well as part in  was of interest as well as a pleasant surprise.

   Primarily starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, Waiting is a fairly short movie (duration 1 hour 38 minutes), that relies and embraces on its simplicity in order to become the charming movie that it is. As viewers we can understand from the trailer that the story is one of two people who’s spouses are in coma, and hence the friendship that develops between Koechlin and Shah from their meeting in the hospital. Without giving away too much of the movie, the film commences by the introduction of the separate characters Tara (Kalki Koechlin) and Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) in their own lives, and how they per chance meet on their hospital visit to their spouses. The friendship that develops from there is both touching and witty, and how they deal with their situations together tugs at the heart.

    I personally am quite a fan of Koechlin, and she has done an outstanding job in her role. Her dialogue wherein she rants to Shah the following words: “You know how many followers I have on Twitter? 5800! And how many of them are here right now? Zero!” to which Shah responds charmingly “What is… Twitter?” – to express the clear differences between the two generations – is hilarious. And this difference in their backgrounds is so effortlessly displayed, and adds humour to the movie on the whole. Shah has also completed an exceptional role, his pain and his strength in his character shining in each scene.

   Other actors including Arjun Mathur, Suhasini and Rajat Kapoor have also produced splendid performances. I would also like to add that several new Malayalam movie side artists had cameo roles in this movie, and that was a pleasant surprise to see, such as Krishnashankar who I had earlier seen in the famous hit Malayalam movie Premam, alongside other various actors. Yet it should be noted that there isn’t an unnecessary abundance of characters – the storyline truly does focus on the friendship that buds between Tara and Shiv.

   Unlike my other movie reviews, I don’t have much else to add on the cinematography or background score. I believe that the simplicity of the movie excels through with the assistance of the skilful performances conducted by the main stars, and I also do believe that its worth the watch – at the end you really do obtain a feel-good feeling. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this ‘short note’ on this film!

All in all – Waiting is quirky, absolutely effortless, and so realistic. Take a look at the trailer if you’re interested to know a bit more. 🙂