Casts: Randeep Hooda, Alia
Banner: Nadiadwala Grandson
Entertainment, Utv Motion Pictures, Window Seat Films
Producer: Imtiaz Ali, Sajid
Release Date: 21st
Story line: A
young city girl, full of life, is on the highway at night with her fiancé. They
are about to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung away from
the brocade and jewelery of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. She
is taken away by this group of rustic criminals, where her life will never be
the same again.
The same night, the gang is in panic. The
girl is a big industrialist's daughter. His links in the corridors of power
make ransom out of the question. They are doomed. But the leader (Randeep
Hooda) of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option, and
thus he will do whatever it takes to see this through.
Days are passed, and these are the days of
unbelievable horror for her. But, as the truck runs and miles turn, as the
scenery changes, the light also changes, as the sun sets and rises, the air as
well changes, and she 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 in her life, feels free. But they are not made for each other. She
does not want to return to where she came from. She does not want to reach
where he is taking her. She only wishes this journey to never end.
Maybe the Highway will not really change her,
but she will go on with her life like everyone else. Maybe this feeling is just
a passing phase, or maybe not.
In an interview with The Telegraph, director
Imtiaz Ali stated, "Highway has been a story that has stayed with me for
15 years. There was something in it that did'n't die. Usually you lose interest
in a story beyond a certain point. But with Highway, there was something very
subtle, yet something very influential". On the story he added, "Some
years ago, I made a half-hour episode for a TV series (1999 for Zee TV's
Rishtey starring Aditya Srivastava and Kartika Rane) and that's where I first
got a hint for this story. And over time, it changed form and genres until I
just gave up. And then it all settled down to this journey of two characters.
As for the central female lead, I thought I would cast someone with some
experience of life, someone who had probably been through some
relationships.While penning the script he stated he had to change many scenes
of the film because he felt they were becoming too similar to his previous
film, Jab We Met. He claimed the film to be his first digital film.In the April
2013 interview with the same, he said the film is primarily the story of two
characters from very different backgrounds— played by Randeep Hooda and Alia
Bhatt—who take the road trip across six states in a truck. Further, Ali told
that he had thought of making Highway in various ways. At an instant he thought
of making it a very big action film later he thought of scripting it in a very
romantic way; some 12 years back, he drew romantic instances from Qayamat Se
Qayamat Tak. He added, "The film is about the discovery of yourself while
traveling. It’s a coming-of-age movie." Prior to shooting he didn't
complete scripting for the film and the script got ready after the shooting of
the scenes because the dialogues were decided on the spot.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the
director: Imtiaz Ali (born 16 June 1971) is an
Indian film director, actor and writer.
In an interview with the Times of India he
talks about his his childhood days in Jamshedpur and his early influences.
My parents were still in Patna but I, along
with my brother Arif, joined mid-term and stayed with my aunt at Karim Mansion
(an old well-known building in Jamshedpur, where they had three cinema
theatres, two of which were attached to the house). Even when I went to sleep,
I had the sound of cinema in the background and since we lived there, I could
go there whenever I wanted even though I was not allowed to. I had made friends
with the projectionist and would see him changing reels and call him from his bidi
break if the reel stopped in between. I was not studying and I failed. I was so
self-conscious after that and for the first three days, I could just not go
back to school. This whole embarrassment of failing and craning my neck down
and avoiding my friends who had become my seniors, was difficult. Even though I
had failed, my father never made me feel worse and was only there to always
encourage me. It's after that, that I started applying myself and excelled in
studies and sports and started doing theatre
Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs
including kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtehaan for Star Plus.He later moved on
to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha
Na Tha starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Despite its box office failure,
the film won critical acclaim.
His second film, Jab We Met, starred
then real-life couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and became his first
box office success. His movie Love Aaj Kal starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika
Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date. Ali's latest
film Rockstar has also done well at the box office despite mixed reviews.
My Gut Feel and comments:
Movie budget is Rs 40 crore
and running time is 2 hours 13 minutes. Promos reveals the plot in way and
looks like to be a conventional story similar to which we have seen in the past
as well however it’s the story telling art of Imtiaz Ali which would
make the difference. I watched student of the year and never though that Ali
bhatt would be presented so effectively in her second movie itself. As a
captain of a ship a director plays an important role and is the most
influential person on board who can sail the ship to success which seems to be
a case with Highway. On top of it tunes of A.R. Rehman doing the wonders which
has been choreographed well on Indian highways. Imitaz is a sensitive story
teller and present his movies very well.
I am getting a positive
vibes from this movie although star cast is unconventional so I would not able
to comment on box office success however I am sure highway is a good movie and
will appeal to both masses and classes.
I am giving this movie 3.5
stars out of 5 stars, four days before the release.
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