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Highway Movie Review

After the commercial and critical success of JAB WE MET, Imtiaz Ali has evolved to be a successful director in Bollywood. His latest offering, HIGHWAY, promises nothing but astonishing performances and an intense chemistry by the lead pair, Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. So does it? Yes it does!

The film begins at the night before Veera Tripathi’s (Alia Bhatt) marriage, who also happens to be the daughter of a high profile and rich business tycoon. Late at night, she is on the highway with her fiancĂ©, until she is abducted by Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda), and a journey of self-discoveries embarks from there.

HIGHWAY belongs to Alia Bhatt. She delivers a superb performance as Veera, whose character immensely contrasts to Shanaya of Karan Johar’s STUDENT OF THE YEAR. In this movie, we see tears as well as laughs from Alia, and as the movie progresses, there are many surprises from Veera, which would surely flabbergast the audience. Randeep Hooda, enacts the short fused Mahabir Bhati very well. His dialogue delivery reflects the perplexity of his character, to which the audience will surely sympathise with. Together, despite being of contrasting ages, their chemistry was indeed strong!

Whether it’s LOVE AAJ KAL or even ROCKSTAR, Imtiaz Ali’s films guarantee picturesque locations and sceneries. In this film, the locations of the mountains and roadways of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir was pleasuring to the eyes and is definitely a visual treat for the audience, so it surely is worth a watch!

In addition to the locations, the soundtrack complements well to the film. After ROCKSTAR, HIGHWAY is the second time AR. Rahman has collaborated with Imtiaz Ali. This time, the songs are smooth and easy on the ears, and the lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil are meaningful. The tracks which continue to inspire and motivate me are: Maahi ve, and Patakha Guddi. These soulful songs will undoubtedly stick with the audience, after the film.

On the whole, HIGHWAY is a masterpiece of Bollywood. Being a road movie, and approximately 133 minutes long, it could have easily taken the wrong turning. However, Imtiaz Ali makes a sincere yet entertaining effort in narrating a story of two disturbed souls who find their true selves. Surely, this film has taken a ‘highway’ to success, and given scope to a talented actress, Alia Bhatt. A strongly recommended watch!

* * * * (4/5)

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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