Thursday, January 04, 2018

Top 30 Malayalam Film Songs of 2017: A Compilation

Despite major rumblings in the Malayalam cinema industry in the form of Dileep’s actress assault case and incidents of online trolling of women actresses highlighting the rampant misogyny in our artistic space, I’d like to believe that it emerged stronger with more and more people debating the patriarchal nature of our cinema. It was, therefore, appropriate that 2017 closed with Aashiq Abu’s ‘Mayaanadhi’ – a film that spoke for a lot of women by giving its heroine agency. However, be cautioned - for every Mahesh Narayanan, Ranjith Shankar and Aashiq Abu creating strong independent woman characters, you also came across the likes of Nithin Renji Panicker (Kasaba) and Omar Lulu (Chunkzz) whose disgustingly trashy films belied the idea that the new generation has a different world view, when it comes to women.

*** Anyway, before I start, just a regular quick disclaimer – I lend a keen ear to Malayalam songs but have no knowledge of music in any way, so this is just my personal listing of the top tracks of films released in 2017. Last year, I had tried to condense the selection to only one song per film to cover a larger breath of the audio scene but I think this is unfair to some of the films with multiple good songs. So, I have expanded my listing to 30 songs, irrespective of the films. I had left out ‘Poomaram’ last year assuming that it would be a 2017 release but with no clear signs of when it will hit the market, I have considered one of its songs this year. Some of the links provided below have the actual film scenes while others have the audio or making video links because the full track is not played in the film (eg - Kilivathilin Chare Nee, Kaatil Ila).
Keeping the normal practice of benchmarking, I reckon that 2017 has seen more exciting music compared to last year. Classical music made a small comeback this year with a few compositions (Pranavakaram, Kasavu Njoriyumoru Pulari, Engane Padendu Njan) dipping themselves into it more than we have seen in recent years – while this cannot be compared to the golden 80s-90s, this is definitely a welcome trend. With a plethora of musicians making their mark, even singers like Vijay Yesudas have become veterans now while P Jayachandran continues to make his presence felt every year in a couple of tracks. P Unnikrishnan was heard in Malayalam after ages with the lovely Ekayaai Nee (Kaattu) which seemed like a more accomplished version of Pichavechu Naal Muthal (Puthiya Mugham). The soothing philosophical voice of Shahbaz Aman in ‘Mayaanadhi’ after a long time was also great news. Prithviraj made not have tasted a lot of success this year but he surprised everyone with a lovely song Arikil Ini Njaan Varaam (Adam Joan).
Bijibal was prolifically consistent with 7 of his scores making their way to the top of the charts while Shaan Rahman’s foot-tapping ‘Jimmiki Kammal’  turned out to be the ultimate numero uno song, cutting across language barriers and inspiring innumerable dance videos. Rex Vijayan made a strong impact this year with ‘Parava’ and ‘Mayaanadhi’ while Gopi Sundar had a smashing return to Malayalam with the track of the year - ‘Udaharnam Sujatha’. Justin Varghese was the debutant composer of the year with the quirkily melodious numbers of ‘Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela’. Considering how crowded the music space has now become, some composers who made a mark last year were conspicuously missing this year – Sachin Warrier (‘Anandam’), Vishnu Vijay (‘Guppy’) etc. There were films which had great music but did not carry far because the films tanked at the box office (Cappuccino, Matchbox).
Solo was the single largest experimental genre-defining audio track this year traversing multiple genres, languages and composers. So, you have music ranging from the hard rock version of Aigiri Nandini, the infectiously catchy Roshomon to the classical fusion of Sita Kalyanam and Sajan More Ghar Aaye - the songs are heavy on music overshadowing the singers and I was confused on how to rate the track but for the sheer audacity of its music, it has to find itself on the podium. Probably because I listen to music primarily on a blue tooth speaker, I normally need more clarity on the vocals and the acoustics were too overwhelming for me, making it difficult for me to short list songs of Solo in my list.

Top audio tracks in 2017 (with links to their jukebox):
1 – Udaharanam Sujatha (Gopi Sundar)

2 – Solo (Multi-composer)

3 – Mayaanadhi (Rex Vijayan)
My 2017 Top-30 Malayalam Film Songs Listing
[Format - Song (Film): Music Director - Playback Singer - Lyricist]

1. Kannile Poika (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum): Bijibal - Ganesh Sundaram/Soumya Ramakrishnan- Rafeeq Ahammed 

2. Kasavu Njoriyumoru Pulari (Udaharanam Sujatha): Gopi Sundar - Gayathri Varma - D Santhosh

3. Kadavathoru Thoni (Poomaram):  Leela L Girikuttan- Karthik - Ajeesh Dasan

4. Nanavere (Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela): Justin Varghese - Tessa Chavara/Vipin Lal - Santhosh Varma

5. Kilivathilin Chare Nee (Pullikkaran Staraa): M Jayachandran - Anne Amie - M R Jayageetha

6. Ozhukiyozhuki (Oru Cinemakkaran): Bijibal - Haricharan /Shweta Mohan - Rafeeq Ahammed

7. Mizhiyil Ninnum (Maayanadhi): Rex Vijayan - Shahabaz Aman - Anwar Ali

8. Pranavaakaram (E): Rahul Raj - Saritha Ram - Vinayak Sasikumar

9. Oru Puzhayarikil (Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol): Bijibal - Shweta Mohan - Rafeeq Ahammed

10. Janah Meri Janah (Cappuccino): Hesham Abdul Wahab - Vineeth Sreenivasan - Haseena S Kanam

11. Kattu Vannuvo (Lakshyam): M Jayachandran - Vijay Yesudas - Santhosh Varma

12. Kannil Kannil (CIA: Comrade in America): Gopi Sundar - Haricharan Seshadri/Sayanora P - Rafeeq Ahammed 

13. Ekayaai Nee (Kaattu): Deepak Dev - P Unnikrishnan - Rafeeq Ahammed

14. Aaro Nenjil (Godha): Shaan Rahman - Gowry Lekshmi/Shaan Rahman - Manu Manjith

15. Aaradyam (Matchbox): Bijibal - Vishnu Kurup/Shilpa Rajiv - Rafeeq Ahammed

16. Mazha Paadum (Sunday Holiday): Deepak Dev - Aravind Venugopal /Aparna Balamurali - Jis Joy

17. Kaatil Ila (Udaharanam Sujatha): Gopi Sundar - Vijay Yesudas - Rafeeq Ahammed

18. Lailakame (Ezra): Rahul Raj - Haricharan - Harinarayanan B.K.

19. Entammede Jimikki Kammal (Velipadinte Pusthakam): Shaan Rahman - Vineeth Sreenivasan/Renjith Unni - Anil Panachooran

20. Njanee Onjalil (Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu): Bijibal - Jayachandran/Chithra Arun - Harinarayanan

21. Roshomon (Solo): Prashant Pillai - Ashwin Gopakumar/Arun Kamath/Niraj Suresh/Sachin Raj/Rakesh Kishore/Alfred Eby Issac/Mithun Jayraj - Harinarayanan

22. Arikil Ini Njaan Varaam (Adam Joan): Deepak Dev - Prithviraj Sukumaran - Santosh Verma

23. Unarukayaano (Udaharanam Sujatha): Gopi Sundar - Sayanora Philip - Rafeeq Ahammed

24. Ivalaro (Oru Mexican Aparatha): Manikandan Ayyappa - Vijay Yesudas - Rafeeq Ahammed

25. Theeyame (Angamaly Diaries): Prashant Pillai - Angamaly Pranchi/Shreekumar Vakkiyil - Traditional

26. Engane Padendu Njan (Cappuccino):  Hesham Abdul Wahab - P Jayachandran/Manjari - Venu V Desom

27. Ethetho Swapnamo (Avarude Ravukal): Shankar Sharma -Vaisakh C Madhav - Siby Padiyara

28. Enthavo (Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela): Justin Varghese - Sooraj Santosh /Justin Varghese - Santhosh Varma

29. Vaa Kuruvi (Vilakkumaram): Sanjeev Thomas - Ammu Indira/Sanjeev Thomas - Arun G.S 

30. Kaiveeshi Neengunna (The Great Father): Gopi Sundar - Vijay Yesudas - Harinarayanan B.K.

Honorary Mentions

31. Uyirin Nadhiye (Mayaanadhi): Rex Vijayan - Rex Vijayan – Anwar Ali

32. Akale Oru Kaadinte (Ramante Edanthottam): Bijibal - Shreya Ghoshal - Santhosh Varma

33. Madhumathiye (Sakhavu): Prashant Pillai - Shreekumar Vakkiyil/Preeti Pillai - Shabareesh Varma 

34. Kayalirambilu (Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam): Bijibal - Bijibal/Ann Amie - Santhosh Varma

35. Njanum Neeyum (Theeram): Afzal Yusuff - Shreya Ghoshal /Quincy Chettupally - Harinarayanan BK

Below is a playlist for the entire set of songs:

Originally published in MadAboutMoviez: Top 30 Malayalam Film Songs of 2017: A Compilation

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 20 Malayalam Film Songs of 2016: A Compilation

As 2016 comes to a close, there are familiar rumblings in the Malayalam film world about new film releases with the distributors, producers and theatre owners slugging it out leading to no releases on a Christmas weekend! This is a familiar scenario for Malayalam cinema buffs but let’s hope this perennial bickering gives way to new releases waiting to hit the road, for an industry which has perked up a bit recently in the mainstream space. Meanwhile, I decided to spend time to look at the audio tracks this year and see how they stack up.

*** Before I start, just a quick disclaimer - I lend a keen ear to Malayalam songs but have no knowledge of music in any way, so this is just my personal favourite listing of the top 20 tracks of films released in 2016. Also, I have tried to condense the selection to only one song per film to cover a larger breath of the audio scene this year.

2015 was a fabulous year for Malayalam music with the likes of Premam, Ennum Ninte Moideen and Charlie but I cannot really place any track this year as that real outstanding stand out album that would have kept me glued for a long time. This is not to suggest that we did not have great music this year but in comparison to last year, I think this list definitely falls short. The large pool of musicians and singers has also democratized the audio scene to a great extent, so the sounds you hear are quite numerous and varying in nature. While the earlier generations have hibernated, P Jayachandran and MG Sreekumar still managed to make an impact this year, as the new generation stayed on top. Curiously, last year’s topper – Bijibal, who started with the fantastic ‘Maheshinte Prathikaaram’ went quiet after that and had a very limited presence and Shaan Rahman was probably the winner this year with 3-4 tracks topping the charts. Also, despite Vijay Yesudas’ excellent year last year, there were many others taking on the lead this year, namely Haricharan and Vineeth Sreenivasan. 2016 also saw a lot of musical debuts like Vishnu Vijay (Guppy), Sooraj S Kurup (Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti), Sachin Warrier (Aanandam) and the trend of multiple film composers for a film (Kismath, Guppy, Kavi Udeshichathu?).

Top audio tracks in 2016 (with links to their Jukebox):

·         Maheshinte Prathikaaram (
·         Aanandam (
·         Jacobinte Swargarajyam (
·         Kismath (
·         Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho (

My 2016 Top-20 Malayalam Film Songs Listing
[Format - Song (Film): Music Director - Playback Singer - Lyricist]

1.       Idukki (Maheshinte Prathikaaram): Bijibal - Bijibal - Rafeeq Ahammed

Bijibal delivers in this beautiful monsoon soaking ode to Idukki, made even better by the visual appeal of the video. In this song where you feel the atmosphere, Bijibal leads the vocals, with some excellent harmonic backing from the chorus.


2.       Thennal Nilavinte (Oru Muthassi Gadha): Shaan Rahman - Vineeth Sreenivasan/Aparna Balamurali-   Harinarayanan B.K.

The reliable Shaan Rahman-Vineeth combo works magic in this melody, with a gorgeous violin backdrop, with Aparna Balamurali supporting it suitably. Again, the retro like feel and visuals make it more appealing.

3.       Pularkalam Pole (Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti): Sooraj S Kurup - Haricharan/Madonna Sebastian - Harinarayanan B.K.

Haricharan and Madonna Sebastian rock in this debut composition of Sooraj S Kurup, with a classic fusion of Carnatic music and folk percussion. Pity that the film was quite a damp squib.


4.       Oonjalilaadi Vanna (Action Hero Biju):  Jerry Amaldev - Chinmayi - Santhosh Varma

Veteran music composer Jerry Amaldev returns after 13 years in this retro album, creating this lovely soulful melody by Chinmayi. However, since the makers did not release an official video song, this probably went unnoticed.

5.       Innaleyum (Kavi Udeshichathu?):  Vinu Thomas - Arun Alat - Rafeeq Ahammed

A gentle romantic melody that flows beautifully, especially a couple of places where Arun builds the momentum of a crescendo but surprisingly hasn’t really found too many takers.

6.       Neelakkannulla (Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coellho): Shaan Rahman - Vijay Yesudas/Shwetha Mohan - Vayalar Sharath Chandra Verma

A throwback to the 80s melodies by Vijay Yesudas and Shweta Mohan, with captivating visuals.


7.       Payye Veesum Katte (Aanandam): Sachin Warrier - Ashwin Gopakumar /Sneha Warrier - Anu Elizabeth Jose

Singer Sachin Warrier makes his composer debut in this peppy youthful album. Here Sachin’s sister Sneha Warrier and Ashwin Gopakumar carry out the playful lightness of the film delightfully.

8.       Ee Khalbitha (IDI): Rahul Raj - Suchith Sureshan - Manu Manjith

Suchith Sureshan pushes the strings nicely with the melodious Ee Khalbitha, another guitar dominated background song that keeps the flow moving.


9.       Thiruvaavaniraavu (Jacobinte Swargarajyam): Shaan Rahman – Unni Menon/Sithara - Manu Manjith

Unni Menon’s Onam special ‘Thiruvaavaniraavu’ literally creates the nostalgic feel of an Onam at a faraway land and the visuals enhance that feeling. Wonderful to see the underutilized Unni Menon back.

10.    Kisa Paathiyil (Kismath): Sushin Shyam - Sachin Balu/Suchith Suresan/Sushin Shyam - Anwar Ali

Sushin Shyam (of ‘He will screw you’ fame in ‘Thattathin Marayathu’) makes quite a debut in ‘Kismath’. This is a short but real soulful song, where the haunting instruments dominate the vocals.


11.    Nila Vanile (Shikhamani): Sudeep Palanad - Vijay Yesudas/Swetha Mohan - Shibu Chakravarthy

A rather under rated song this year and unlikely to be in any of the hit lists, probably for the simple reason, that the film sunk without a trace.


12.    Thaniye (Guppy): Vishnu Vijay - Sooraj Santosh/Madhuvanthi Narayan - Vinayak Sasikumar

Another debut, this time flautist Vishnu Vijay is the composer. Thaniye starts on a low note, almost a silent whisper and gets Sooraj Santosh to give an energetic push to the higher notes, amidst some nice little guitar music.


13.    Medapoompattum Chutti (Karinkunnam 6S): Rahul Raj - Najim Arshad - Vinayak Sasikumar

Rahul Raj continues his tryst with melodies with Najim Arshad shining in a low pitch soft melody, with a beautiful strumming guitar guiding the flow of the song.


14.    Manogatham Bhavan (Anuraga Karikkin Vellam): Prashant Pillai - Haricharan/Mathangi Jagadish - BK Harinarayan

Prashant Pillai pulls of a composition that is flavoured with a fusion of classical and Western music and Mathangi makes quite an impact.

15.    Minni Chinnum (Kolumittayi): Sreeraj Sahajan - Sreeraj Sahajan - Lakshmi Ennappaadam

Sreeraj Sahajan makes his debut in this children’s film and composes a fine, slow paced melody that bears strains of Malargale (‘Love Birds’). But the romantic nature of the song does not sit in well, with children as the backdrop.

16.    Chillu Ranthal (Kali): Gopi Sunder - Job Kurian - Harinarayanan B.K.

  Gopi Sunder was quite busy in Telugu in 2016 and this was one of his rare tracks in Malayalam. With  Job Kurian at the helm, this jazzy song was a special one by Gopi.


17.   Kathangal Kinavil (Darwinte Parinamam): Sankar Sharma - Haricharan - Harinarayanan BK

             Sankar Sharma’s debut has an interesting collection of songs, probably let down by the film makers. Here, Haricharan gives life to Sankar’s nice little tune.


18.   Kuruthakedinte Koodane (Paavada): Aby Tom Cyriac - Jayasurya - Harinarayanan B K

             It is unlikely that you would expect a Jayasurya song to be in any top songs list but he does full justice to this energetic foot tapping drunkard song in the film. The idea of Jayasurya singing for Prithvi was an inspiring one.


19.    Raavu Maayave (Vettah): Shaan Rahman-Shaan Rahman/Rinu Razak - Manu Manjith, Shaan Johnson

Director Rajesh Pillai’s last film ‘Vettah’ did not live upto expectations but Shaaan Rahman does a top job in this short album, especially in this lovely melody whose co-lyricist Shaan Johnson (Johnson’s daughter) who passed away a little later.


20.    Chinnamma Adi (Oppam): 4Musics (Jim Jacob/Biby Mathew/Eldhose Alias/Justin James) - MG Sreekumar - Madhu Vasudevan

MG Sreekumar literally makes a comeback in ‘Oppam’ with who else but Lal in this album composed by a group of young musicians. With a nice naadan percussion driving the song and a Carnatic touch, this is a winner.


Honourable Mentions:

21.    Oru Vela (White): Rahul Raj - Shweta Mohan - Rafeeq Ahammed


22.    Podimeesa Mulakkana Kaalam (Pa..Va): Anand Madhusoodanan - P Jayachandran - Santosh Verma

23.    Ee Yathrakal (Oozham): Anil Johnson - Anil Johnson - Santhosh Varma


Originally published in MadAboutMoviez: Top 20 Malayalam Film Songs of 2016: A Compilation

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


Two strangers meeting in a hospital waiting for their beloved partners who are in a comatose state, is a perfect subject material for melancholy with a capital M inscribed all over it. But director Anu Menon’s tragically witty, humorous take on grief and desolation ‘Waiting’ is strangely uplifting and philosophical, without at once being pedantic or languorous. Beautifully described by a critic as a cross between 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Descendants', it is refreshingly restrained (a bit more restrained than maybe what it should have been).
Tara Deshpande finds herself suddenly in an alien city Kochi at the bedside of her husband who has been badly injured in an accident when at work in Kerala – a place quite remote from the bursting life of Mumbai. It is an unfamiliar even stifling setting that she finds herself in, armed with nothing but just the knowledge that her husband in a bad shape. Her best friends have their own busy lives and can’t spare time for her in this cathartic situation.

Shiv Nataraj makes his daily trips to the hospital to see his ailing wife who shows no signs of recovery but he can’t give up hope. In his words – khaana, sona, nahaana, yeh rukna nahin chahiye. Yeh ruk gaye to sab kuch ruk gaya samjho – and so keeps himself going. But words can be empty – you see him dumping the food his friendly neighbours make for him and when at 6 AM every morning, he is awake unfailingly; you wonder if he needs the sleeping pills that he offers Tara. Is his disciplined and regular schedule his way to handle his emotional trauma? Maybe if we were to allowed to spend more time in his solitude, we would know better.

Anu Menon sets up a clear contrast between the two central characters – One is a man, the other a woman. One is a retired professor, the other is a young media savvy lady. One is a gentleman who measures his words (only a gentleman reads Wodehouse, no?), the other is a brash foul-mouthed woman. One marriage has ‘lasted’ (not lasted as Shiv points out) 4 decades, the other has just completed 4 weeks. One accepts the situation on the outside but is still not willing to let go off the partner, the other does not wish the partner to suffer. But what is common to both is the sense of grief they are forced to come face-to-face with and the lack of external support systems to handle this emotional burden – one has no children and the other no parental support for their marriage. Both these absences are choices that they have made and it isn’t something that troubles them.
The plot is sparse and depends on the heart-to-heart tete-a-tete between the protagonists as they ruminate over their emotional struggles to take it ahead. It is easy to go the whole hog and reduce the film to an emotional tear jerker with the audience weeping buckets, seeing two loners venting out their frustrations. Maybe even add dramatic music to heighten their isolation but Anu shows remarkable subtlety to pull back and not stretch any moment to squeeze our tear glands. A couple of instances that drive home this point - Tara’s best friend comes down to visit her at the hospital but she has to leave in some time and there is no one left by her side to help her out in this situation. It could be an enticing thought to show the audience the fickle nature of modern friendships (already heightened by the Twitter conversation) but you genuinely sense that there is only a limit to which a best friend can do in this situation and she also has a family back home to take care.

There is often a temptation to paint the medical fraternity with a negative brush when dealing with such a situation in films but thankfully here, they come off as likable characters who have to balance sorrow and their professional duties. Dr. Nirupam Malhotra (played by Rajat Kapoor), the chief neurosurgeon, has the difficult task of empathizing with his patients but at the same time, be pragmatic enough to take the awkward decision of drawing the line between letting the patients know what is right for them and being entirely honest about their state. It isn’t the easiest of situations to be in but the doctor does this unenviable job and educates the younger ones to play ‘God’ when the situation arises because (in his words) God cannot come in for the daily 9 AM rounds, so they are his substitutes.
There are a couple of conversations that stuck to me even as I left the theatre. The first, an exchange between Dr Nirupam and Shiv, when the doctor remarks that it is futile to keep his wife Pankaja (Suhasini) this way spending lakhs and asks him whether this is what she would have wanted. And Shiv, in his emotional turmoil, says – Aap apni biwi ke saath discuss karte hai har sham ki darling agar tum coma main jaogi toh kitne din life support main rahna chahogi?. Brilliant! It wasn’t just the effortlessness of the repartee but it struck me for a second, how unprepared we probably would be to cope if faced with such a catastrophic moment in our life. Do we ever discuss death until it stares at our face and mocks at our mortality? At the same time, it also raises that uncomfortable question on when is the right time to pull the plug on a loved one's life? Can you ever say that enough has been done and one can now bid adieu? The director could have left us to ponder over that thunderbolt of a dialogue from Nasser but a moment later, she brings us face to face with the practical and possibly deeper issue why Shiv wants to keep fighting - Dr Nirupam tells Shiv that he wasn’t doing this for his wife but for himself because in her absence, he wouldn’t know how to go ahead in his life. Letting go isn’t easy at all – you may have fight with yourself multiple times but the heart is scared of being alone.

Another one is when Tara says she has 1500 friends on Facebook and 5000 followers on Twitter but at this moment, there is no one with her. And Shiv nonchalantly wonders what Twitter is? There is a delightful explanation of what it is – a fuc**** ‘notice board’ for people to rave and rant. And as she tries to explain this to him, she realizes how hollow it appears. Again, a powerful moment to look back at the futility of it all – the narcissistic world of social media magnifies your friendships - and Shiv rightly tells her – This is your grief and yours alone. They are at different stages of grief in their lives – she, in that dark zone of depression, and he in that Zen like state of acceptance over a period of time; it is a journey that takes time.
I am also glad that at any point of time, the director did not succumb to the idea of allowing the camera to linger lazily along the beauty of Kerala – something that a lot of directors tend to do. The camera largely settles down at the hospital corridors and takes a back seat, allowing the conversations do all the action. I presume that there was a deliberate attempt to underplay the visuals and let the humour in the dialogues dominate so as to prune down the morbidity of the place and the situation. Grief has many dimensions and one cannot always be in the same state of mind – humour is a space that is needed to provide some relief in dealing with it.
Did the film miss out on anything? I think it had scope for its ‘Lost in Translation’ moments by juxtaposing the two leads in a place, in a language alien to them. The absence of familiarity and the contrast between their cities could have been used as a device to showcase their sense of loss more acutely. Maybe, if we had more interaction with the people around, instead of just the two of them, it would help us in understanding them more. What is it that drives Shiv to keep going back and forth to the hospital for more than 8 months, even when hope keeps sinking? Wouldn’t we want to know the man more so that we feel his pain more intensely? Both the stories have minor flashbacks (shown twice) but neither of them gives us any further knowledge about the two couples. Somehow, I think, in the attempt to focus solely on the chemistry between the lead pair, the film misses out on telling about them as individuals and their family stories.

Rajeev Ravindranathan amiably enacts Girish, the company man who has the onerous task of taking care of all arrangements and ensuring that Tara isn’t too troubled while Rajat Kapoor as the exasperated but detached doctor who has our empathy strikes the right notes. With top notch performances by Naseeruddin Shah as the philosophical Kochi professor and Kalki Kochelin as the young temperamental woman from Mumbai, Anu Menon has whipped a warm and thought-provoking film that deals with its heavy handed theme with dignity and humour and there is not a dull moment till its open-ended climax. Backed by Mikey McClearly’s lovely soundtrack (especially the haunting Zara zara and Tu hai to main hun) and soft visuals, ‘Waiting’ is easily, my favourite movie of 2016 so far.

The only thing that puzzled me as I came out of the theatre is how come the film received an ‘A’ rating? Anu mentioned in a tweet that this was because of the liberal sprinkling of swear words in the film. This is true but shouldn’t the Censor Board rate a film on the basis of its impact and not evaluate individual scenes and base their judgement? ‘Waiting’ is a beautiful, independent film that needs more audience but the ‘A’ rating keeps away family audiences and truth be told, it is their loss…. 
Originally published in MadAboutMoviez: Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief