Highway, directed by Imtiaz Ali, is an interesting and unconventional road movie. A young city girl goes for a ride on the highway at night with her fiance. They are about to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life turns upside-down when she is abducted by a gang when they stop at a gas station. Even though the gang leader knows the seriousness of the situation, he still decides not to let go of the girl. As days pass by, the girl and the oppressor starts developing a bond.
Highway is a film which reflects a genuinely different,
unique vision of life to audience and can even be called as a
Avant-garde attempt of Bollywood. This film travels a very
different path from beginning to end. Highway is highly
dramatic and some scenes are marred with high melodrama that
audience started to boo at them.
But director Imtiaz Ali, with a definite courage shows the
B-Town biggies that there is a world outside Mumbai. Actually film
reflects that the real India is out of Mumbai. Highway is
about a coincidental escape of an individual to the caressing
mother nature. She travels through remote villages with her
Kidnapper with no intent of reaching a destination. She finds
pleasure in the journey, which is very much a Lao Tzu
theory of travel. One can say that this approach can be called as
'enlightenment through travel'. Veera, presented by Alia Bhatt,
travels through Indian rural villages and it eventually leads her
to self realisation.
Alia Bhatt, in career defining performance, delivers the best
that is expected from the director. Imtiaz's casting is just
fantastic. Randeep Hooda, an actor who was lost in
the dirty pile of cliché, semi porn films has made a great come
back to the real cinema through Highway.
The film depicts the story of Veera, a rich kid from Delhi and
how she finds her ultimate freedom in bondage. There is a strong
under current of environmentalism and anti-commercialism in the
film. It trashes the attitude the bloodless business class and
their social pretenses. Alia deserves all the awards of the year
for her performance as she was just not playing the character, but
she was just being the character. Alia has no make up in the film
and she comes without nail polish or lipstick, but she looks very
beautiful even without all these beauty enhancing crutches. She
proves that honest performance is all that matters in cinema. Our
experienced female actors in B-Town has to learn a lot from this
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This is Imtiaz Ali's Ultimate Show
As everybody knows that the film is a remake of Imtiaz Ali's own
Rishtey series, everything in the first half is predictable. Second
half of the film comprises of Veera and Mahabir's journey. A
director's talent is often proved through the way he handles
dialogues-less, abstract scripts.
Telling Story Through Visuals
In Highway, Imtiaz Ali proved that he has a refined
understanding of the medium. Especially, the second half doesn't
have much dialogues and the whole story is conveyed through the
beautiful blend of visuals and background music. While anyone can
easily make a dialogue driven film, only a talented director can
make film that speaks with its visuals.
Rare Scenic And Strange Locations
I am sure no other Indian films would have pictured the kind of
scenic and strange locations seen in this film. Director Imtiaz Ali
scores again in choosing these exotic locations to tell his story.
These locations actually become the characters in the movie and
helps the narrative to a great extent.
AR Rahman Hits The Bull's Eye
In music department, AR Rahman has made a great comeback through
Highway and his 'Patakha Gudi' and 'Sooha Saha' have taken
the movie to a different level that those songs have becomes its
greatest strength. 'Sooha Saha' is a beautiful lullaby sung by Alia
Bhatt herself and she sounded like a very talented singer
Background Music And Visuals Make For A Great Treat
The songs and background music helps to blend the scenes
together. In total, this is a beautiful film about human
enlightenment and seeing the beauty in all things around us. Film
suggests the audience to lead a more fulfilling life by expressing
themselves in the way they want to.