Imtiaz Ali’s film Highway is Movie with Fresh Breeze!
“Jahan se tum mujhe laye ho mein waha wapis jaana nahi chahti…jahan kahi bhi leja rahe ho waha pohunchna bhi nahi chahti…par ye rasta..ye bohot acha hain..mein chahti hoon ki ye rasta kabhi khatam na ho…. “
Highway is not just Imtiaz Ali’s best film ever but also one of the finest road movies ever made in Indian cinema.
A 20-year-old girl Veera is kidnapped a day before her wedding. The series of events happening next is what molds the story. Throughout her journey with her kidnappers, Veera experiences a sense of freedom and liberation. The dialogues said by Veera simply give us a whole new perspective on life.
Though from a rich household, the troubles she went through as a child tears us apart. Veera was an example of how we are forced to put on a mask to hide our real selves only to satisfy the fake society. We are prohibited to feel the way we want to, to think the way we want to.
Alia Bhatt was the perfect Veera to Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Her eyes spoke of Veera’s insecurities and confusion with grace. The scene where Veera reveals the sexual harassment she suffered by her own uncle leaves a lump in our throat.
The burden of carrying the ugly truth all by herself just for the fear of society throws light on a very serious social stigma. It is one of those scenes that bring tears to our eyes. Alia was realistic and convincing both at the same time. It is indeed surprising to see her deliver such an outstanding performance in her second film itself.
Randip Hooda was also at his career-best. The scenes where he bursts into tears remembering his mother is heartbreaking. The death of Mahabir shook us as much as it shook Veera.
Both the characters where simply ordinary people we may meet, burdened with the unsightly traumas of a childhood that they would never want to remember. Veera and Mahabir were mere reflections of adults who want to scream their hearts out and let go of all that they have been suffering so long.
Imtiaz Ali is truly a splendid storyteller. He always knows how to make a film in a way that touches our soul. With Highway, he proved that he is the best. This one remains the best road movie I ever watched.
It would be an injustice if I do not credit the music of the film. A R Rahman is indeed a maestro and with pitch-perfect music in Highway, he transports our souls to the barren roads where Veera and Mahabir are. The songs are still fresh and will always be a part of our playlists.
In the last scene where Veera screams her heart out, exhausted with all the pretending for the sake of societal image is just so liberating. Don’t we all crave for such a moment, where we can just stop pretending and be ourselves to the fullest?
Highway will definitely find its place in the category of best Indian movies ever made.
CAST AND CREW
DIRECTOR- Imtiaz Ali
ACTORS-Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda
MUSIC- A R Rahman
DATE OF RELEASE- 21 Feb 2014