Following Movie Review is from Flickstime Fan Sanket Jasani – a Cinema nerd, Techno Geek and a Travel junkie. Visit his blog to learn more about him.
Highway Movie Review
Directed By : Imtiaz Ali
Cast : Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda
Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar, Cocktail & now Highway. Imtiaz Ali is a hell of a filmmaker. This is the film he wanted to make before Socha Na Tha. He kept this story to himself for FIFTEEN good years. Highway is honest, unadulterated and pure. Even while shooting, Imtiaz has not used extra lights or any crane like gadgets. There is no plot as such but it’s a character driven film. The characters were required to deliver a lot visually, through expressions & not verbally and Alia & Randeep have superbly delivered that while Imtiaz has beautifully captured that. And not to forget A.R. Rahman’s music, icing on the cake.
Both the leads had a traumatised past and they find solace out there, on the highway, in each other’s company. First half is very silent and film picks up the pace in the second half. But the purity & sanctity of the film will touch your soul. Highway is beyond the relationship between the kidnapper and the hostage that has been shown. Director wants to say a lot more keeping that in the front. Dialogues are too good : “Jaha se laye ho waha wapas jaana nahi chahti aur jaha le jaana chahte ho waha pahochna nahi chahti. Magar ye rasta bahot achcha hai. Ye kabhi khatam na ho.” Alia says this to Randeep. Journey is more important than the destination. And there’s this other dialogue when Randeep says to Alia that Hum kya yaha tamiz dikhane aaye hai? A lot of metaphor can be found here.
Another great thing about the film is it’s locations. It’s been shot in six different states of India and the film shows the exuberance & beauty of our country. Performances are top notch. Randeep Hooda is just brilliant. And Alia who carries the film on her shoulders is just terrific. The climax is a single take scene performed by Alia without any annoying backdrop music. On the face. Straight. Standing ovation for Alia. Randeep too has portrayed the venerability of his character very realistically. This audacious and pure film by Imtiaz Ali needs to be seen by you. There’s no connection here but after watching this film I had this sudden urge of re-watching Sean Penn’s film “Into The Wild”.
First published on sanket’s blog