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Highway depicts the road to self discovery

Imitiaz Ali gives us a glimpse into a soul rendering and unconventional version of growing up through self discovery in his latest Hindi film Highway. He had declared that this incomplete script had been with him for the last decade and a half as he quite could not make up his mind as how to finish it off. The biggest plus point of Highway a film putting forth an unusual take on life through the meanderings of two people portrayed by Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda is the amalgamation of the entire team’s desperate efforts to bring in a crescendo that is rhythmic.

Anil Mehta’s camerawork brings out the beauty of India through the diverse landscapes as the film transits through five states. The unconventional harmony of the tuned sourced by master Rahman’s unconventional music grants Highway a high. Aki Narula has stated unabashedly that it is Highway that has endowed him a creative freedom unknown in the Bollywood turf and has been his best film so far. Narula set about buying the clothes from the local markets as the team traveled during the shooting of the film living off only basics completely devoid of luxury. Imitiaz Ali shows a way to many of his colleagues in Bollywood who are unsure about translating their favorite stories into films on the mainstream.

As the film unfolds it becomes evident just how sure Imitiaz was of the story that he wanted to share. His main characters called Veera Tripathi and Mahabir break the shackles that bind them to erupt into a freedom that the myriad views around them seemingly allow them. It now becomes comprehensive that his other preceding films Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar are broken bits of this mother piece Highway which was what Imtiaz always wanted to show. It is an Imitiaz Ali show all the way only in the form of Alia Bhatt who is practically visible in every frame illustrating the nuances of change from within with ample maturity becoming the director’s heroine all the way.

Alia has been heaped with praise having breathed life into difficult character. Randeep has been applauded for knowing his character with finesse and delivers a clinical performance. It is indeed a good symbol for Bollywood that these kids are destined to make it big in Bollywood as they have the requisite talent to run long. Indeed it can be said without much ado that after Ram Leela the opulent Hindi film of Bhansali it is Highway which has acquired the pedestal left empty by it. The similarity between these two films being both displaying the dream projects of their respective directors. Highway is based on the coming of age process that has been the underlying concept of many a successful films from Mumbai in the past years. Yet it remains special due to its singular revelation.

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