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Highway (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 21 February 2014 (India)
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Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

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Imtiaz Ali

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Imtiaz Ali
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alia Bhatt ... Veera Tripathi
Randeep Hooda ... Mahabir Bhati
Durgesh Kumar Durgesh Kumar ... Aadoo
Pradeep Nagar Pradeep Nagar ... Tonk
Saharsh Kumar Shukla ... Goru
Hemant Mathur Hemant Mathur ... Kasana
Shakeel Khan Shakeel Khan ... Sharaf
Mohit Choudhary Mohit Choudhary ... ACP Special Cell
Reuben Israel Reuben Israel ... Mr. Manek Tripathi - Veera's father
Arjun Malhotra Arjun Malhotra ... Vinay
Naina Trivedi ... Amma
Mohd. Kaif Mohd. Kaif ... Young Mahabir
Samar Mudasir Bakshi Samar Mudasir Bakshi ... Young Veera
Pinu Verma Pinu Verma ... Infant Mahabir
Misha Bhalla Misha Bhalla ... Infant Mahabir
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Storyline

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. Written by Vikram Nayak

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Autoput See more »

Filming Locations:

Kashmir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,654, 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$529,136, 16 March 2014
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Movie is shot at Rohtang Paas, Himachal Pradesh See more »

Quotes

Veera Tripathi: The place you took me from, I don't want to go back there. The place we're going, Don't want to get there. But this road, this road is good. I want this road to never end.
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Beautifully scripted movie along the roads of north India.
21 February 2014 | by mailrenault-1See all my reviews

IMHO...

Excellent... beautiful... superlative... three words i am very wary of using when describing a movie... the rarer i do it, the more importance it holds.

GET ON THIS HIGHWAY.

Ramesh Sippy had his Sholay, Alia Bhat has her HIGHWAY. This young actress, i never thought good of (i gave her Student of the Year a wide berth). Here she has kept me riveted for a good length of time with her facial contortions... her voice, her silence, her eyes, her dressing..... everything. her transformation from a cocooned girl to a free butterfly during the course of the movie is sublime. ill give her a perfect 12 out of 10. and she didn't have to resort to ANY skin show; no T&A here, pure genes at play. She shines. the movie belongs to her, and she excels.

the story is simple, the subplots un-complicated. be it the horny accomplice (well its essentially a kidnapping story), the good at heart sidekick, the adequately sinister/ curiously enigmatic randeep hooda (more on him later, he deserves a separate writeup), the camera work, the locations, the un-obtrusive soundtrack and music that grows on you. i found very little to complain about in the movie. probably Alia's Stockholm Syndrome kicked in too early into the movie, but im willing to overlook it.

Randeep Hooda has the kind of brooding, lingering, intense screen presence that you'd associate with say a Ajay Devgn. tough to find fault. the way he hisses his expletives, the snarling of a person with a repressed background, the slow unfolding of a soft core, the endearing body language and sheer rugged sexiness. WOW. from the rustic dialect, to the clothes, to the grime filled fingernails... the effort to live the character is commendable.

the background score and the songs, the overall tempo of the movie is very well complimented with the accompaniments. the purpose of good music is not to make its presence felt, but to ensure that its absence will hamper the narrative. That happens here. i don't remember a word of any song sung in the movie, but i know it was essential to drive the movie forward.

The locations depicted in the movie, the adept camera-work made me want to whip out my cell phone and take pictures of the screen. the mountains, the overhanging cliffs along the routes, the beautiful countryside (kashmir/ rajasthan, lovely roads)... the lenses have been taught to fall in love with the locations. Zero doubt about it.

watch the movie... Watch The Movie... WATCH THE MOVIE...

good acting, good direction, good camera-work, good story, a well handled sensitive subplot, brilliant characters... what else do you need?


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