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Highway - Movie Review

Verdict - “Genuine in it's approach and a perfectly made alternate cinema”.

We go through an inimitable vibe when it's a Imtiaz Ali's movie, the earnest emotions being captured in an authentic and a profound way is his trademark. Elevating his style to a whole new level, Highway is extremely a distinctive movie in which every single frame has a peculiar meaning to comprehend.

Occupied with her marriage events, the traumatized Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) requests her fiancé to take her for a ride to the outskirts, after being kidnapped unexpectedly by a local gang led by Mahabir Bhatti (Randeep Hooda) startling things happen and Mahabir tries to utilize the situation and resolves to demand money from Veera's well-heeled family. In a hazardous situation, the enforced Veera takes a ride on the Highway shielded by Mahabir and his uncanny gang.

The two main leads in the movie, Veera and Mahabir uphold similar emotions in their lives, Veera, an aspiring wannabe faces mistreatments with her own family members and Mahabir, a hostile individual, preoccupied with his mother's memories leads an adamant lifestyle. Neither of them are exultant or glad. Imtiaz tries to instigate a relationship between these individuals in an expressive way where they get to know each other and the circumstances that really changed their verve.

Conveying the character's emotion in an artistic way, Imtiaz's vision to craft the scene with few wide scenic shots was impressive. Incredibly pleasant panoramas explain the character's are trying to find liberty among themselves without a certain destination. Anil Mehta, the cinematographer had done an outstanding job in capturing some of the pleasing pictorials of North India.

Rahman's music and background score is significant and also plays a vital role in articulating about the character, which was discriminated from a mellow lullaby to a peppy rattle.

The main lead Alia Bhatt was absolutely remarkable with her performance. She's sensible, animated and unfurling in her character and she entirely stole every single scene with her pleasing charisma, definitely an early contender for next year's award season. Randeep Hooda impresses with his vigorous looks and style, although he doesn't surprise to a certain extent, I'm amazed with his performance in emotional sequences.

Nonetheless, Highway is unorthodox in it's approach and dismal with it's intent. There is something beyond the striking visuals and the superior music, Highway tries to be genuine in every way possible and exhibits a great prospect of a perfectly made alternate cinema. Definitely worth a watch if you're into these practical, gloomy genres.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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