Waiting - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

As much about D-day as it is about the smaller things that keep us going. A sweet DVD/TV watch when its out.



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22 reviewers have given Waiting an average rating of 4.7/5.0 (?)

19 yays
0 nays
3 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Waiting is about some of the toughest decisions life can throw at us and about an unusual, heartwarming friendship. It is both sad and amusing, believable, well acted and very well told. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...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. ... full review

So-So by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Bollywood Life ...Waiting deserves to be seen only for the stellar performances by Shah and Kalki. Rest is forgettable. ... full review

Thumbs up by MANSI BENGALI, BookmyShow ...If you are looking to explore the potential of Bollywood storylines, this is a must watch. A completely common occurrence that is in abundance around us has been taken and molded into a unique story that will stay with you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Simply put, Waiting is a good film. It’s plot is simple, slightly preachy but hits the audience in the right spot. This is only possible because of the stellar job done by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. Their acting truly brings their characters to life. While one may not always agree with them, it's not at all hard to empathize with them. Is Waiting a must watch? Probably not, but if you’re looking for something a little different than your usual Bollywood drama, then this may just fit the bill. ... full review

Thumbs up by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...With several undercurrents like whether she should call her hospitalized husband's parents who have been hostile because of the couple’s love marriage, the movie casts light on characters beautifully and with it offers a slightly, cynical outlook on the world. Yet, its eventual message is to override that cynicism for one's own sake. It is just as charming as, if not more, than Lunchbox, with two characters playing their roles beautifully. Naseeruddin shows why he is one of the best actors we have ever had, whether it is in his dance, in his grief, in his fortitude or in his dignity. The linen shirts add agree with him elegantly. Kalki, introduced smartly as someone who does a sanitary-napkin ad to use her social-media reach for something good, continues to pick brilliant scripts emerging as one of the most unconventional actresses in Bollywood. A movie worth watching! ... full review

Thumbs up by Harshada Rege, DNA ...Watch this sensitive tale for Naseer and Kalki's brilliant performances. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ushnota Paul, Filmfare ...Waiting was never about finding out what happens to the ailing spouses but about the journey of the two who patiently waited for them to recover.... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, FirstPost ...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. I’m going with three out of five. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Even with bit roles, Suhasini Mani Ratnam (making her debut in Bollywood) and Arjun Mathur come to haunt you. Never have flashbacks been used to tell a story so beautifully. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Powerful performances and a realistic approach make this a film you’d want to watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Waiting is a delightful film that breaks the norms of soppy emotional dramas to present something real. For the stellar performances by Kalki and Naseerduddin Shah, I am going with a 3.5/5 for the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Shah is absolutely brilliant as Shiv. You watch him with awe as he goes around playing the doting husband who puts his life's savings and all his emotions up to save his wife's life. His frustrations, helplessness and hope in the face of tragedy is so palpable that you want to reach out and hug him. We are lucky to have an actor of his calibre in our midst. Kalki is natural and perfectly suited for the role that she plays. But one would have liked a little more sagacity in the way she gets into this complex role. It is to Menon's credit that the peripheral cast is near perfect.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Though the climax is slightly confusing as the reasons behind the decisions taken by the lead characters has not been explained properly, 'Waiting' is one touching and pleasant fare. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...The film deserves a watch for being one that doesn't try too hard and for its approach to an extreme situation. Sure, there's a lot of sobbing, resentment and much of 'what if' and 'I should have'. But there's also reasoning, acceptance and the ability to envision a life beyond the catastrophic event. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Waiting is beautiful and believable, a well-chiselled marvel that is watchable all the way. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Menon’s true triumph lies in how she doesn’t vilify a profession or its uncomfortable reality to gather empathy for her characters. Nor does she berate Kalki’s self-absorbed friend (Ratnabali Bhattarcharjee) for excusing herself to attend to her own. They’re just ordinary people caught up in their fast-paced lives. ... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Waiting manages to stand on its own emotional ground and gently reiterates the one thing we all know and would have experienced at some point in time: the agonising fragility and precariousness that comes as a package deal with life.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, Times of India ...However, 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. ... full review