Monday, December 22, 2014

Refreshing Change

HIGHWAY (2014)

Produced By: Window Seat Films and others
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda, Durgesh Kumar, Arjun Malhotra and others
Pros: Good story, excellent cinematography, some good acting
Cons: Slow movie
Rating: **** of 5 (4 of 5)

2014 was a good year for Indian cinema, which of course made my long flight to India quite good, for it was the year of the story - movies that ha fresh, refreshing stories, many of them coming out of little-known production houses. Highway is one such movie that casts its actors in challenging roles that they come out of with flying colors.

I'm no fan of Alia Bhatt and she tends to stereotype herself as the dumb chic in movies. But in this case, that actually comes in handy as it lends credence to the basic plot of the movie. Randeep Hooda however, pulls off possibly the best performance of his career so far as a smuggler-cum-murderer who ends up transforming his life. The wonderful acting on his part alone adds an extra star to the film's rating! But the movie also stands on its own, with a fairly good story and some amazing shots of Himachal Pradesh that will definitely boost the state's already booming tourism industry.

The only drawback of the movie was its slow pace - at times, you just see unending images of a highway and you wish the director would just get on with it. The movie need not have been as long as it was. Still, it was fun to watch and the extra social angle added in to the end was the cherry on top. Definitely worth a watch. (OTFS)

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