Go watch. That’s the first one from me. This isn’t just a movie about a rebellious girl wanting to have things her way. No. It’s more than that. Imtiaz Ali’s scenic shots capture the scenic beauty across Delhi (outskirts), Himachal, Punjab, Rajasthan and Kashmir. The first half of the movie was really good with not a dull moment. I kept wondering if this is all based on Alia’s character going through the Stockholm Syndrome, where the victim begins to feel for the tormentor after prolonged sessions of torture or confinement. But Imtiaz does push the envelope by putting a very important issue at the focus of his movie.
I don’t want to put any spoilers out here, but with all the surge in women right movements, protests against gangrapes and cries for justice we forget about one of the most crucial forms of abuse. That alters a person mentally and emotionally for their entire life. Having watched most of his older movies that went on to become blockbusters like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and the more recent Rockstar, i feel this has been his best so far. A couple of people near me took their jabs at the movie in some scenes, but towards the climax and a very powerful scene by Alia, everyone’s lips were sealed shut. I was moved too. Some of the scenes apart from their backdrop, have also been shot very well. To the extent that my husband who is a movie junkie remarked, “That was a great sequence, shot well”. Being very choosy when it comes to hindi movies, i think we both were really taken by Highway.
Add to that great performances by Randeep Hooda & Alia Bhatt this is a movie that will move you. College girls behind me kept saying, “Oh! this is the life i wanted to live”. But somewhere later in the film, they did not repeat it. When you watch, you will see why. Overall Imtiaz does leave us with a positive ending & a powerful message. Anyone who feels otherwise, i think is not sensitive enough to understand the issue he is bringing forward in commercial cinema. Kudos to him for that. As for me, Highway is a definite watch and highly recommended!
I leave you with one of my favorite songs from this one: