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.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.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.
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?
- Feb 21, 2014