133 Min | Drama – Romance | February 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda
Highway Review: After ‘Rockstar’, director Imtiaz Ali is now back with his latest road movie ‘Highway’ starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in the lead. Even though there wasn’t as much hype, the movie had created a healthy buzz. ‘Highway’ begins with Veera Tripathi played by Alia Bhatt being kidnapped while she is on a highway with her fiancé by a group of gangsters and one of them being Mahabir Bhati played by Randeep Hooda. Veera is kidnapped by Mahabir Bhati and his gang as she has witnessed a roadside shootout at a petrol pump by the gang. Veera is the daughter of a VIP in Delhi and the gang is unaware of it and when they get to know about it, they continue keeping her in custody trying to blackmail Veera’s family for ransom.
Veera who is initially traumatised by the whole saga slowly gets used to being with the gang and starts enjoying her time with them as she would never have had that much freedom back home. Veera once describes the entire trauma that she underwent as a child in her family to Mahabir after which he starts to be a bit more considerate towards her. Mahabir and his gang alongwith Veera keep travelling from one place to another over the Highway all around India. Meanwhile the search for Veera is on in full swing back in Delhi. This forms the first half of the movie. What happens to Veera? Will she finally be back with her family, is to be watched in what is the best part of Highway, the beautiful and an engaging second half. The best technical aspect of the film is the cinematography as the highways and the mountains and the streams in Himachal Pradesh are captured beautifully.
Performance of Alia Bhatt in Highway might seem like a shadow of Kareena Kapoor in ‘Jab We Met’ for the first 5 minutes but later enters into her own zone and has performed brilliantly in a couple of scenes. Randeep Hooda plays the tough guy throughout the movie and also a man showing his emotions when reminded of his mother very well. Music by the maestro A.R. Rahman is also worth appreciating as a couple of tracks like Patakha Guddi, Sooha Sooha and Maahi Ve stand out. Rahman leaves his stamp in Maahi Ve especially. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty has done a brilliant job in sound design as well. Imtiaz Ali has done a commendable job in making Highway and presenting the way it should be without adding unnecessary junk. Movies of this kind need to be promoted and encouraged as they form a perfect bridge between class and mass films thereby paving the way for other filmmakers to make similar attempts. Watch ‘Highway’ for its authenticity, ethnicity, brilliant camera-work and a beautiful second half.
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