“It’s got mountains, It’s got rivers, It’s got sights to give you shivers, ..” — (When I’m gone.)
Highway is not for all people, not for all times; it is not even about every bit of the movie. For the right minds at the right times, bits and pieces of Highway will strike a chord. The bits and pieces make the movie worth the watch and if enjoy parts of Highway, you wouldn’t be bothered by the lugging screenplay. Highway is journey of two people, and you get to watch them as the road takes them through unknown paths.
The Rockstar of Highway (pun intended) is Alia Bhatt! Her uninhibited portrayal of Veera is what makes the film so powerful! Randeep Hooda has delivered his most matured and polished performance to date! Imtiaz Ali’s choice (a gamble?) to cast these actors in these dramatic roles has paid off. The highlight of the movie is A R Rahman’s phenomenal music, which uplifts the characters and the journey. The songs Heera and Pataka Guddi are the essence of Highway, and the Implosive Silence is sure to haunt you for long after the movie.
Highway may not pass the Bechdel test, but the movie is out and out a highly female empowering movie. And full points to Imtiaz Ali for dealing with topics of current social interest in a unshackling way!