Director: Imtiaz Ali
Verdict: Of the uncanny bond between the oppressor and the oppressed
A city girl - young, full of life - is on the highway at night with her fianc. They are about to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung away from the brocade and jewellery of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. Her life will never be the same again. The same night, the gang is in panic. The girl is a big industrialist's daughter. His links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. They are doomed.
But the leader of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option. He will do whatever it takes to see this through. But as the days pass by, the scenery changes, the light changes, the sun sets and rises and the air changes, she feels that she has changed as well. Gradually, a strange bond begins to develop between the victim and the oppressor. It is in this captivity that she, for the first time, feels free. She does not want to go back but she also doesn't want to reach where he is taking her. She wishes this journey to never end.
Maybe the Highway will not really change her. maybe this feeling is just a passing phase. Maybe not.
Highway seems like the befitting follow-up for writer-director, Imtiaz Ali, after his previous film Rockstar. If Rockstar dealt with the troubled life of Janardhan Jakad, Highway deals with the troubled life of two people, who together comprise the soul of this road romance (to say the least). Alia Bhatt plays Veera, a rich girl who eventually gets ...
Writer-director Imtiaz Ali has hit a road less taken. The result is a stylish two-hander that is defiantly unconventional, if not entirely satisfying.
At one point in writer-director Imtiaz Alis Highway, Alia Bhatts character Veera, who has been kidnapped and taken hostage in the back of a truck, pops in an English music CD and begins gyrating to a tune in the middle of an empty road.
Highway is a problematic film. Elements in it have great beauty starting with Anil Mehtas cinematography. The film was shot and improvised as the cast and crew drove across six states.
Straight up, Highway is not a sunny, funny road-trip. It is Imtiaz Ali's starkest, darkest work yet. Rich Veera (Bhatt) steps away from her Monsoon Wedding-style shaadi preparations (a handheld camera capturing gold, ghaghras and a girl going, "Bhaiyya, flavvers lappet do!") for a break with her reluctant fiance. Driving into a foggy Delhi night, Veera steps out to breathe free - and gets kidnapped by violent criminal Mahavir Bhaati (Hooda) and his gang. Gagged, tied-up, slapped and starved, Veera's thrown onto a terrifying truck that drives off on a never-ending highway, leaving established society far behind. What does Veera experience on this trip?
Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is going to a place she doesnt know, in a beaten-down truck with her kidnapper Mahabir (Randeep Hooda), and she says a line to this effect, "I don't want to go back to where you brought me from, I don't want to reach where you are taking me, all I know is this journey." In this line is hidden the core of this film and perhaps the story of some of our lives. The film is about Veera, the daughter of a rich influential man, just about to get married. Veera has been brought up in a 'protected' environment and has not been exposed to the real (in more ways than one) world. Veera wants to grab a few moments of freedom by asking her fianc to take her on a long drive in the middle of the night, just days before they are to get married. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/movie-review-highway/15112081#sthash.5QwXDk0h.dpuf
Highway isnt merely concerned with cataloguing the virginal, versatile landscapes of Northern India. Often its the only ray of cheer to offset the grimness concealed within two wounded souls, feels Sukanya Verma. Its a bird. Its a plane. Its Imtiaz Ali.
At one point in writer-director Imtiaz Alis Highway, Alia Bhatts character Veera, who has been kidnapped and taken hostage in the back of a truck, pops in an English music CD and begins gyrating to a tune in the middle of an empty road. Like us in the audience, her kidnapper Mahabir (Randeep Hooda) is dumbstruck. He stares at her in disbelief. Veera, after all, is unusually cheerful for a rich brat who has been whisked off at gunpoint, slapped around by louts, and transported far away from her home. Shes also developed feelings for Mahabir. Its a classic case of Stockholm syndrome, but the message of the movie is especially disturbing in a society grappling with womens safety. Think about it.
My review for Highway UA superb movie, superb acting , superb Randeep Hooda, , Hooda Jii ROkks . .. .
My review for Highway UA Awesome movie ... great locations.brilliant acting by both.Imtiaz has done a good job..
My review for Highway UA superb movie. Alia Bhatt does a ggreat acting. Really touch you if you are like traveling.
My review for Highway UA allia but did a great job.only bhudhi jeevi people will like.last 10 minute only the turning point is coming remaining time the movie running without story
My review for Highway UA A film v.v.v.close to my heart...Randeep Hooda Alia Bhatt you amazing effortless performances...Imtiaz ali you breathed life im me once again
My review for Highway UA randeep and alia both are awesome ... must watch movie
Worth Watching i could really connect to the story...awesome performance by both actors. family movie..Worth watching
THE BEST MOVIE EVER its the best movie i have ever watched KEEP IT UP RANDEEP HOOD, ALIA BHATT, IMTIAZ ALI n A.R.RAHMAN
Good work Randeep and Alia, but bad script.. Acting from the both actors were too good.. movie is shot in nice places.. but has no story.. very less comic scenes .. Timepass movie.