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Review; Highway

Writer-director Imtiaz Ali has definitely taken the high road with his latest venture Highway but this highway has a few bumps and a few turns.

Super rich Veera (Alia Bhatt) gets kidnapped by a gang of criminals while they rob a petrol pump. They keep her and plan to extort her for money. The gang leader is Mahavir (Randeep Hooda) who is determined to churn out money from this opportunity even if it takes to sell the girl into a brothel. They keep her in a back of a truck and move from one place to another but consequently the girl gets attached to her kidnappers and so does the kidnappers.

The plot is a perfect platter for a story of self-discovery and breaking free from the obvious. It is the narration which makes it a crawling affair rather than surging one. For the first half the movie remains true to its nature but as soon as the character Veera gets affectionate towards the other character, the narration gets prolonged. The affection towards the kidnappers seems induced and gives a sense of dissatisfaction but thankfully it never gets boring. Cinematography could have been better. It is technically good with special mention for casting.

The movie is saved by the superb acting of Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. Alia Bhatt has portrayed the character with intense feel and satisfaction. Her presence is so natural, it would make any girl relate to the character. Randeep Hooda on the other hand seems 100% the kidnapper. But in the second half the actor Randeep Hooda comes out of the character Mahavir.
Music of the film by maestro A.R. Rahman is another saving point of this film. The songs make you flow with them and with the movie’s narration.

All of Imtiaz Ali’s movies had himself as the strong point but in this one, he is the least. Overall the movie is a definite break away from the charade of nonsense masala movies. It could have been classic but for the slow narrative in the second half.

Rating 3*

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