Movie Review: Highway (2014)

Box Office: Below Avg.

A girl. A city girl – young, full of life – is on the highway at night. With her fiance. They are scheduled to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung away from the brocade and jewellery of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. She is taken away by this group of rustic criminals. Her life will never be the same again.
The same night, the gang is in panic. The girl is a big industrialist’s daughter. His links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. They are doomed. But the leader of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option. He will do whatever it takes to see this through.

Days pass. These are days of unbelievable horror for her. But, as the Tempo runs and miles turn, as the scenery changes, the light changes, the sun sets and rises and the air changes, she 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 in her life, feels free. But they are not made for each other. She does not want to return to where she came from. She does not want to reach where he is taking her. She wishes this journey to never end.

Maybe the Highway will not really change her; she will go on with her life like everyone else. Maybe this feeling is just a passing phase. Maybe not.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “The film comes alive with the mind-blowing performances.”
4.0 “‘Highway’ is beautiful and thought-provoking”
3.5 “Highway is not an easy ride. But it offers fresh breezes and new sights.”
3.5 “Highway is tantalizingly delicious and a journey you would want to embark on. Must watch.”
3.5 “If you are looking forward to seeing a really hatke love story then ‘Highway’ is your destination..”
3.0 “An extraordinary Alia on a dream Highway!”
3.0 “Highway dishes out a trip that is definitely worth the price of the ticket.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Imtiaz Ali’s Highway is subtle, quiet, yet powerful.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Highway isn’t anything even remotely close to what we usually expect from the filmmaker after terrific works like Jab We Met and Rockstar. “
2.5 “Highway suffers from second-half syndrome.”
Indiatoday: Vinayak Chakravorty
2.5 “‘Highway’ typifies as an aimless road trip which is certainly eye popping in its visuals but unfortunately heart dropping in its actual deliverables.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “HIGHWAY is a triumph for Alia Bhatt, who delivers a marvelous performance.”
2.0 “Highway is extremely disappointing”
2.0 “This ‘Highway’ has similar old roads which one would avoid travelling again and again.”
2.0 “Highway is enjoyable for the first half as a picture perfect post card which moves at a leisurely pace.”
Indiatoday: Faheem Ruhani
2.0 “Alia Bhatt has walked past her babydoll cosmetic debut in ‘Student Of The Year’ for a demanding role.”
1.5 “Highway better not taken, it leads you nowhere.”
Indiatoday: Rohit Khilnani


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