Thursday, February 27, 2014

Highway (2014) - Movie Review

The spell is on and I don't want to be free. For in that spell, I am liberated. Highway is so consuming, it's intoxicating. And overwhelmingly gratifying, despite (or possibly because of) the utopian world it creates. Cinema indeed is the most beautiful fraud.

There isn't a force-fitted plot or characters trying to be a certain way. Imtiaz lets them be. They grow as the film progresses, discovering themselves in the process. He pushes against convention and expands the vocabulary of cinema to create this little wonder. It's hard to find a flaw. Or am I too dazed to find one? I'm not sure. 

Reams have been written about the superlative performances of the leads, from the understated yet staggeringly impressive Randeep Hooda to Karan Johar's gem of a find Alia Bhatt. Casting director Mukesh Chhabra played his ace with HighwayI can't think of any of today's actresses outgun this 20-year and 2-film old starlet. Randeep Hooda, a jat from Haryana himself, is pitch perfect playing Mahaveer Bhaati (a gujjar [whose dialect is similar to jats]). His body language, his silences, add more color than words to his uncultured, simplistic character.  

Their chemistry is not the routine Bollywood staple. I remember reading one of Hooda's recent interviews where he said "romance is not about looking at each other. It's about looking in the same direction." That quite summifies their equation in Highway. Without giving away more, I say, go watch it! 

For those of you who have seen it, how did you like it? I'm waiting to hear from you in the comments below!

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