16 May, 2021


The film can ignite any restless, peripatetic soul. I sur­ely want to hit the highway soon.


Starring: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, Hemant Mohar, Sehar Shukla, Durgesh Kumar
Directed by Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali’s heroines have a tendency to run away, from the secure and smothering home, love, marriage and rel­a­tionships, all for self-­discovery. So does the child-woman Veera (Alia Bhatt) in Highway. A midnight whim, a petrol pump shootout and she is on a journey—from Ajmer to Reckong Peo—to find herself with her kidnapper Mahabir (Randeep Hooda) for company.

On paper there’s lots going for this love story. The class divides, the rifts of the surnames—the Tripathi (Brahmin) girl and the Bhati (Gujjar) boy—are surmounted by the shared demons of childhood. There is...

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