It’s heartening to see the industry denizens coming forward to promote WAITING with no apparent selfish motive! While a number of movies released last Friday from ANGRY BIRDS to PHOBIA, WAITING starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin has definitely struck a strong chord with the audience.
A sweet tale tracing the journey of two individuals Tara and Shiv who develop an endearing bond while ‘waiting’ for their better halves to recuperate at the hospital has been receiving rave reviews from the audience and critics alike.
Directed by Anu Menon, the warm narrative has been deeply appreciated for its simplicity and its ability to convey the deeper philosophies of life while avoiding the melodrama as usually seen in the typical commercial Bollywood films. Based on reactions, what seems to have clicked with the audience is their ability to connect with the emotions and the characters portrayed in the film.
“I am very thankful for all the love and appreciation that the movie has been receiving. This is an honest film about two individuals and it feels great to see that it resonates so well with the audience,” says Anu Menon.
Naseeruddin Shah has floored critics with his performance of a helpless old loving husband. On the other hand, Kalki impresses the audience in her role of a newlywed wife trying all the means possible to save her husband.
The movie may have started out slowly but has witnessed tremendous growth with the positive word of mouth. Among all the positive reviews coming its way, was Karan Johar’s comment, “Waiting to see WAITING! I hear Naseer saab and Kalki are phenomenal. I believe it’s reflective and connective slice of life…”.
Huma Qureshi, who had already caught the film, cheered, “This Kalki is such an endearing foul-mouthed lovable soul and Naseer sir is supremely fantastic!” Actor Rajkummar Rao hailed it as “a very heartfelt, poignant film with beautiful performances,” while Radhika Apte dubbed it “a beautiful film with such simplicity. Endearing chemistry between the two stunners.”