The shoot for Imtiaz Ali's film Highway, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda with music by AR Rahman, was wrapped on May 28. The film, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will release on December 13, 2013.
Despite a really challenging shoot across six Indian states, Highway wrapped up proceedings eight days in advance. Although the entire shoot was planned for 60 days, Imtiaz and team finished the same in 52 days. Along the way they had to face extreme weather conditions and negotiate very difficult terrain. From the sub-zero temperatures of snow-clad upper Himachal to the near 50 degree centigrade highs in the last schedule in Gurgaon; from bus and train travel in Rajasthan to hotels with no electricity or water in Kaza (Himachal) and treacherous treks in heavy rains in Kashmir, there were roadblocks all along the Highway. Yet the passion and commitment were such that the shoot was completed well within time.
"The shooting of Highway was fast and furious and the completion of shooting was an emotional event for the unit. We have shot this film at unusual places, we have had to support and help each other very often to get by because many places were too remote to have facilities. Highway united all of us. We have had a charmed journey. We hope the audience has the same," said Imtiaz.
Says Alia, "The experience of shooting for Highway was intense and extremely fulfilling..if I start talking about the film I won't stop, so I'd rather save my emotions for myself to know."
For Sajid Nadiadwala, presenting Highway, is a matter of great pride, "The film was mounted and executed in a very short time and I am so happy that its shoot has been completed well within schedule. It makes me very happy, proud and responsible that Imtiaz has left the release and distribution of his first production completely to me. With Imtiaz's magic and AR Rahman's amazing music, Highway will be one film to watch out for this December!"