Highway (2014) is a Hindi,English movie. Imtiaz Ali has directed this movie. Alia Bhatt,Randeep Hooda,Durgesh Kumar,Pradeep Nagar are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2014. Highway (2014) is considered one of the best Crime,Drama,Romance movie in India and around the world.
A city girl - young, full of life - is on the highway at night with her fiancé. Suddenly, her life is swung away from the brocade and jewelry of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. Her life will never be the same again. The gang is in a panic; the girl is a big industrialist's daughter, his links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. But for the leader of this group sending her back is not an option. As the days pass by, the scenery changes, the girl 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.
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Let me start by saying that this movie has everything right about it. From direction and cinematography to performances and music. The locations are breath taking. Imtiaz Ali yet again delivers a "hat ke" love story. Its not exactly a love story but a tale of two people who want to get free and experience life. Both the characters have there own painful pasts and when they come together they let it all go and try to start it all over again. Their journey is the theme of this movie. Alaya Bhatt and Randeep Hooda deliver power packed performances with a great supporting cast. The movie forces us to think about the society we live in and how people struggle to lead a normal life. Be it a rich family or a poor villager. They have there own challenges. I won't go more into the story line as that is something to be experienced. This movie comes with a message and we are left to think what freedom and liberation means. I will strongly recommend this one.
THIS MOVIE IS A MASTERPIECE...This movie has a soul...a silent scream of a person that has nowhere to go and no one to speak to...and so life is just a HIGHWAY !! Two people from different economic strata, brought together by fate, yet having similar childhood of mistrust, trauma and abuse. There is that void..a deep hole within the soul... that can never ever be forgotten and never be filled ever again. This movie has so many layers deep within it... like how men react differently to traumatic childhood by being aggressive and secluded within, longing for the mother figure to comfort them, and women on the other hand become carefree, wanting to just run from it all and always longing for that father figure that can take care of her always. Imitiaz Ali has researched it so well that you can feel the pain, the inappropriate joy ...and the crazy feeling of comfort in the most strange circumstances. Brilliant piece of art with such a grey hue and painted on landscape of colors !! Alia bhatt..has talent..plenty, plenty of it, and randheep hooda is brilliant. Imitiaz Ali knows the soul and heart of a woman and recreates it well in all its brilliance... a MUST watch Film !!
I regard Imtiaz Ali so highly that I dread watching his every new film. I fear that his new creation will disappoint me. No man can always hit the bulls eye every time. After watching the film, I feel ashamed that I had any doubts about him. The guy is a true genius and his every movie is like poetry on film. Lucky are the actors he decides to work with. He brings the absolute best in them. Highway is his most personal and non-commercial film. It is as if he decided to reward himself after making lots of successful mainstream movies and made a movie close to his heart. I expect even people who liked his previous movies may not like Highway. It is easy to dismiss it as too far-fetched to happen in real life. Both Alia and Randeep are great – Alia more so as it is essentially her story. Her natural look without makeup suits the role. Best way to watch a movie is to know nothing about it. So I am not going to reveal anything of the plot. Be patient while watching Highway. The last half hour will blow you away.
The movie is thought provoking and it deals with a social message. Lovely cinematography with a power to heal, to nurture and free you soul. It made me want to almost pack my bags and take off into the unknown, the joy of lying down beneath the stars, beside a river or even just driving through snow-capped mountains is enticing to say the least. Tie this with an intense relationship involving two individuals carrying wounds so deep that unconsciously draw them into each other's spheres of existence, changing their lives forever. A journey that takes them to the core of their being leaving an impact that is life –altering, forever. As is the case with such connections, happy ending are often rare and the movie kept it real. Well directed and well acted movie. 1000 times better than Gunday.
This is really very hard for me to put this in down in words what I loved about Highway or why I loved it. There are moments when Alia Bhatt's character, Veera, laughs and cries and doesn't know why she is expressing her emotions this way. Honestly, I decided not to review this film. Not because I don't want to, I really want to. Except this is one of those rare times where I might not be able to explain why I loved a film so much. Highway is a film that starts like a typical genre film about a girl being kidnapped. The rest of it is not like a genre film about a girl being kidnapped at all. It is probably not even like an Imtiaz Ali film. Then again, this might be the film he's been wanting to make all this while. Everybody loved Jab We Met (2007), a film so likable and perfectly mainstream. Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Rockstar (2011) divided the audience. The latter more than the former but the latter also garnered more passionate support thanks to Ranbir Kapoor's performance and A. R. Rahman's brilliant music. Highway will certainly divide the audience as well. There is a moment in the film where Veera asks Mahabir (Randeep Hooda) if he likes mountains or beaches. I'm a mountain person. It's not that I dislike beaches but I just prefer mountains. I think this would have a lot to do with whether you connect with this film or not. This film borders on a fantastical road movie, sometimes it becomes a love story and then it becomes a film about a girl's emancipation from her cage. She connects with nature, outside and inside. The first half of the film is more conventional but the more it went away from conventions; the more I fell in love with it, by the time it went for interval I already had goose bumps. It happened gradually and at the end it reached a crescendo. Alia Bhatt is absolutely stunning in this film. She acts her heart out. She made an appearance on her mentor's chat show recently and said she considers Parineeti Chopra her competition. Like anyone who has seen her in Student of the Year (2012), I laughed off her comment as wishful thinking. Here she is giving solid competition to her and probably even outdoing her at places. More than anything, I admire her decision to do a film like this one when she could have done any other, safer film. I'm sure she will do movies that make her a star and capture the attention of the mainstream audience but it feels great to witness young talent taking a bold chance instead of treading the usual path. The film has a denouement. After the climax, the film goes on for about 10 minutes and she lets it all go. I was absolutely astonished and overwhelmed with emotion. The inexplicable kind. Randeep Hooda plays the typical brooding silent but angry criminal. He doesn't overdo it; neither does he underplay it so much that we don't see a performance. This is a performance that could get sidelined because of Alia Bhatt's explosive turn but it is definitely his finest hour. Anil Mehta captures the beauty of the north Indian terrain and the vast expanse of the Himalayan foothills. There is silence in his images. A. R. Rahman hardly goes wrong. Patakha Guddi and Maahi Ve are one of the most wonderful songs he has ever created. I'm beginning to think he writes lyrics for them as well and then a lyricist translates them into Hindi. There might be many flaws in the film as far as balanced critique is concerned. It's a slow- paced film but so is life. Its ideas are sublime and silent but so is the bliss and peace during a meditative state. When films try to be spiritual, they end up being intellectual. As I confessed at the beginning of the review, I wouldn't be aware of the flaws because I was too busy being in love with the film and love, as they say, is quite blind. They also say it's not the destination but the journey that matters. Everyone quotes it but not many know what it means or want to feel it. I don't know if I know what it means but Imtiaz Ali knows and he has beautifully depicted it on screen. All our roads lead to one destination. How we go there is on us. It's my way or the "high"way. Ali takes the second route and offers us a chance to travel with him. Travel inside. There are so many filmmakers who would make thrilling entertainment out of the same material. They might have the character being raped and turn it into a social document or a gripping race against time escape-movie. Imtiaz Ali has the guts to infuse the film with love. It's not a love story but a film about love, it's a film about breaking free from the things that bind you, taking us away from love. It is never maudlin or sentimental. It doesn't stop to be a heavy-handed sermon either. It's a cathartic, profound experience. I was a puddle at the end of the film and I don't know why. How do I explain why I was tearful? Artists can always do things they want to without having to explain their creative decisions. Critics are not artists. We are just an audience who has been given the privilege to write about our reaction to cinematic products, works of art and everything else in between. I apologize for not being able to give you valid reasons why this is an artistic triumph but I feel it is. Imtiaz Ali may not be considered an artist. For me, he most certainly is and Highway is his most beautiful expression.
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