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Imtiaz Ali's latest film Highway, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, is a road journey traversing various states of north India and stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda in the lead. Rich bride to be Veera Tripathi gets kidnapped by a bunch of thugs after she witnesses them commiting a robbery. The gang is headed by the brooding gujjar Mahabir Bhatti. Thru the course of her captivity Alia starts talking about how she does not want to go back, neither does she want to reach her destination. She just wants to stay on the highway forever since it is beautiful. We see the timid Alia slowly finding her freedom on the road. The scruffy Randeep grows fond of her over time and thus forms an unlikely bond between the two. H is a movie that leaves u with distinct mixed feelings. One couldnt wait to see what this seemingly off-beat and endearing plot will lead to but tho H turns out to be very offbeat, it will charm only a minute section of the audience. The movie is an engaging and enjoyable watch if you are prepared to sit through its slow pace. After a promising 1st half H falls flat on its face with its weak and meandering storyline. Scored with some fantastic music by maestro A. R. Rahman, H tries to convey how the journey itself is the true destination. The sweet looking Alia portrays her character with the right amount of innocence and chutzpah, proving that she does possess inherent acting qualities. Randeep Hooda's typical desi gunda act is accomplished. Imtiaz Ali is known for his craft but this time around he seems to have been so in love with his subject that he didnt know either where to go or when to stop. However, the picturesque cinematography by Anil Mehta makes H a visual treat.
The 2.5 star could have been the classic road movie but alas for it's slow run and literally wandering script. -- Published on February 22, 2014