Highway (2014) Movie Review
Surely. Watch it if you love reminiscing about your road trips to hill stations. Better yet, watch it for Randeep, fan or not. Bear in mind, though, that this is not a “mass masala entertainer”.
YES! Alia is a good actor!
Subtlety is usually not Bollywood’s best suit, and we all have often suffered this harsh reality. Highway is a film by a team who knows that the above statement does not always hold true and is a movie for those people who would love to see live proof of the fact that the same statement does not always hold true. Sure, the film’s gradual proceedings might seem slow at first, but then again, what are good things without the element of investment in them?
The film is filled with varied kinds of beauty, be it a beautiful girl, beautiful background score (AR Rahman all the way! The score indeed deepens and beautifies the journey) beautiful scenery, beautiful concept. (Yeah, I know … probably sounds gay, so much “beauty” … But it is an Imtiaz Ali movie and I’m just a happy audience taking pride in having watched a film I liked.) Another “beautiful” feature of this movie is its connectivity. The film will strongly connect to those who, after bearing lots of different kinds of shit without venting out, take a moment from all the zombified proceedings around them and think to themselves -> bhai ye ho kya raha hai mere saath?
The more forcefully engrossed you are in your everyday life, the more nahin-beta-ye-toh-karna-hi-padega obligated you feel towards societal obligations (at any stage in life), the more you will enjoy the movie’s core theme of escapism and that illusion we refer to as “freedom”. In that way, the film gives out a good, ironical sense of realized escapism. Now, for a buff, that’s the beauty of films. A film strikes the bang-on chord when you connect with it and are able to relate with its proceedings and reflect on your own. Now, when a film does this, you can either have your like on it, or you can end up hating the very idea of movies for being so gutsy and exposing (no, I’m not talking about Munni or Sheila here). The choice is yours!
This is the kind of film where talking about the amazingness of its dramatic scenes would be spoiling the film’s jewels. So, let’s move on to performances. The central protagonists are the only two characters the movie is concerned with, along with a couple of temporary comic reliefs. Alia Bhatt proves her abilities of a good actress, by convincingly playing the traumatized-yet-bubbly Veera who finds freedom in bondage, and probably no one else would’ve been able to fill Randeep Hooda’s shoes in his portrayal of a man whose path to crime killed his soul the very moment he killed a life through a gun. The role is fruitfully nailed by him, so much so that a non-Haryanvi would only be better off with subtitles. Underrated superb actors getting their due is always a wonderful sight to experience.