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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 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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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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India

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Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Autoput See more »

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Kashmir See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$326,654, 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$529,136, 16 March 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Movie is shot at Rohtang Paas, Himachal Pradesh See more »

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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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Highway - all the way
21 February 2014 | by pavi-singhSee all my reviews

'HIGHWAY - Imtiaz Ali' Its all the way just my way or the Highway… Imtiaz Ali is NOT the 'on your face' kind of Director but he certainly is very well on the saddle/the hand behind the wheel … totally in control. So whether you like it or not, the story simmers and seeps through the crevices deep into your veins, slowly, no hurry; no intention to make any point.

It's Imtiaz all the way and he sure, is a wanderer… subtly like all his earlier movies (jab we met/ rock-star/ 'Love Aaj Kal'/ 'Socha Na Tha'), he shall take you on a ride to India and make you realize how much you have missed all these years, not wandering. He is probably the guy who could have easily fitted well with NatGeo. May be he lives the moments that he wants to live – through his movies, may be he entices you, invites you to live/ relive those moments, may be….

So this 'Highway'… also moves. It lives up the name, a constant hum of alternate emptiness while the visuals zip past, picture perfect - perfect, anamorphic widescreen shots; just the right exposure wherein the inter-wined scenes give out an Expanse all around. Lot of bonnet- front panned shots which open up visual sectors wide angled as you move ahead, these and those reverse shots from where the camera turns a full 180 degrees to take you back to the front. I mean, achieving all this in a feature film is tremendous especially when the whole movie is shot with natural lighting. And along with it, a subtle (not loud) story chugs along beautifully. Nothing is aggressive ever, even when people get aggressive once a while… it's a highway, remember!

Imtiaz had this passion of sanctifying the childhood. He does that in all the movies; it keeps his present intentions well heeled in what went by. It's always important for his stories. Sure then, the protagonists are always trying to free themselves up, get out there in the open. Its an yearning, well yearned for! It keeps the things in perspective, unbound!!

To sum it up: you can't just be passive, nonchalant, yuck-Yanky in Highway. It sure breathes in some restlessness, differently for every different people; you want to react, getup, breathe out!!! And Highway helps you gulp out the welt, 'welp'! The narrative is smooth, the lessons are bitter; dialogs are simple, sound is perfect, music is just the right amount and blend (AR Rahman).

What would you look for --- Imtiaz Ali, who has a different script (always) and is amazingly observant while being silent (always shows you both sides of the coin in all his movies – while slyly hinting at the upper class society), Strong female lead as always (even Alia Bhatt has been made to act – high notch, very promising now), Randeep Hooda – just fantastic, very original, very mature, needs to be casted more often (if only Gunday was made with him and Ranveer), India – because you still haven't seen it all, felt it –need to be on a highway.

What not to expect – 'Totta Maina Ki Kahani', 'Naach Gaana' PT style, bubbly looks, third-rate jokes.

That's Imtiaz's way or take the Highway!


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