HighWay movie Review – Alia Bhatt

PLUS POINTS of Highway:

1) Alia Bhatt’s stupendous performance as Veera makes her character look really believable. Randeep Hooda shines in his part too, especially his command on the rustic North Indian dialect painted the required tinge in his role as a truck driver who had committed several murders earlier. Those in the supporting roles also provided a strong support. Manma Emotion Jaage song by Shah Rukh Khan is similar to one song in this movie.

2) Music by A.R.Rahman is a sheer delight to ears, with a special mention to ‘Ali Ali’, ‘Mahi Ve’ and ‘Patakha Guddi’. He also excels in composing the background tunes. Lyrics by Irshad Kamil (in some parts, Kash, Krissy and Sant Kabir) is brilliant.

3) Choreography by Shohini Dutta in the song ‘Wanna mash up?’ + Anil Mehta’s camera work + Aarti Bajaj’s editing + Sets by Acropolis, Sumit Basu, Snigdha Basu and Rajnish Hedao are wonderful. And obviously Imtiaz Ali’s direction gave it a midas touch.

MINUS POINTS: Weak storyline and slow narrative speed, especially towards the climax. But thats required too, because a little bit imperfection always makes a creation appear more attractive. The movie is basically for multiplex audience, so won’t bring much box office prospect as single-screen movie goers may not appreciate it, I opine.

SCENIC DISCUSSION: Some scenes which I find extremely touchy

1) Mahabir sets Veera free, because she was trying to flee away. She runs across unknown roads, dark fields until she realized that she cannot escape this way, thus comes back to her captive state willingly. This scene looked like a metaphor to me. Something which depicts our lives in a fine sense. Many of us want to escape from our respective despair/sadness. The need to run away from such current situation becomes really desperate at times. But how many of us succeed in that ? Ultimately its more like that song by ‘Eagles’, which describes life as a hotel, where anyone can ‘check in’ anytime they want, later can also ‘check out’ whenever they want, but just cannot never ‘leave’, because life itself is an imprisonment.

2) Child Molestation is basically a sub-plot in this movie, where Veera reveals about her traumatic experience of childhood. Its nothing uncommon, rather very much common, which I guess maximum girls experience in some or other way during their childhood/adolescence phase, for they remain almost helpless that time, thus depend on their elders for every nitty-gritty. I’ll thank Imtiaz Ali for bringing out such a sensitive subject in the plot, where at one sequence Veera specifically mentions that girls are usually warned by concerned family members to keep themselves protected from outsiders, because “bahar bahut bura log hote hain..Toh joh log andar rahte hain, unse bachne ka kya kare?” Such a true statement. Often people from a direct blood relation can pose maximum damage (physical and thereby mental) to a girl, while strangers do nothing wrong with them even in the weakest moment.

3) Love vs Freedom: Let me quote Osho in this regard: “Love is authentic only when it gives freedom. Let this be the criterion. Love is true only when it does not interfere in the privacy of the other person. It respects his/her individuality and privacy. But the lovers that you see around the world, their whole effort is that nothing should be private; all secrets should be told to them. They are afraid of individuality.”…The same reflected in the relationship as shown in Veera-Vinay (in the opening sequence) vs. Veera-Mahabir (post interval). Apparently we consider love is something which is nurtured in a safe and secure environment. Thereafter a successful marriage should bloom in a house which has large square feet area, modern furnitures and modular kitchen. But does life always go hand-in-hand with such ‘should’ factors ? Many people may find that sequence unrealistic where a pampered/wealthy girl like Veera cleanses the small house, cooks maggi, makes the bed ready (in Kashmir, toward climax), but I find it totally logical since love is and always was the by product of freedom, trust and respect.


Finally Verdict

‘Highway’ is surely worth-a-watch. Don’t give it a miss if you love to watch serious kind of films. An old concept, but packaged aesthetically in 133 minutes duration, this movie kind of whispers that line by Jess C. Scott: “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”

Queen Movie Review – Kangana Ranaut

Queen Review

Today, while watching Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Phantom’s Queen (UA), these lines once again came up in my mind. Watched this movie after reading positive reviews from both the critics and audience, so expected it to be a different one. And yes, it is. A very refreshing one, must say !!


STORY of Queen – Kangana Ranaut

Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is a 24 year old Punjabi girl who is from Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. There she lives with her brother, parents and grand mother. Vijay (Rajkumar Rao) and Rani fell in love with each other during their college days which finally was about to take a new meaning via marriage. The day before the wedding, Vijay calls Rani to a cafe and frankly says that he does not want to marry her, for she is not his ‘type’ any more. A similar role will be played by Zareen Khan in her new movie Hate Story 3. In that movie she has given some bold scene. Watch Hate Story 3 Hot scenes which are very bold. A heartbroken Rani bursts into tears first but then makes up her mind to go for a honeymoon alone, the tickets of which were pre-booked. She arrives in France, Amsterdam. Became friends with several men and women. Discovered a new dimension of life in those limited days and finally returns to India. What happens next? Will Vijay and Rani reunite ? Does the sentence ‘I love you’ hold any significance if its said out of pity or guilt feeling ?
Lets unfold that part, after watching the film. Running time: 146 minutes.


My Likes about Queen Movie

1) Its all about watching a Kangana show and she never disappoints. Full of natural expression and innocence, she literally shines in every frame. Rajkummar Rao, Vinay Singh, Mish Boyko (as Oleksander), Jeffrey Ho (as Taka), Joseph Guitobh (as Tim) , Canadea Lopez Marco (as Marcello), Yogendra Tiku (as Rani’s father), Alka Badola Kaushal (as Rani’s mother), Master Chinmaya Agarwal (adolescent Chintu), Master Ayaan Malik (as little Chintu), Tripta Lakhanpal (as Rani’s grandmother) also lend a good support.

2) Lisa Haydon provides excellent support in the role of Vijayalakshmi. Her endless length of legs, pedicured nails, skimpy clothes, not-so-fair skin (thankfully, since I sincerely believe fair skin poses a powerful hindrance to seductiveness) and undaunted show of well-toned cleavage spring a enjoyable ride of sensuality. She emoted well too.

3) Being an ardent Amit Trivedi fan, my opinion can be very much biased, but I really loved the music, including the background score. ‘London thumakda’, ‘O gujariya’ and remixed version of ‘Hungama ho gaya’ are still echoing in my ear drums. Lyrics by Anvita Dutt + Bosco-Caesar’s choreography + Cinematography by Bobby Singh and Siddharth Diwan + Sets by Vintee Bansal and Namra Parikh + Editing by Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap are of good standard.

4) For such a cliched plot, where the story line is almost predictable, Screenplay/Dialogues have to play an important part to keep the attention of viewers intact, throughout the show. My thanks to (Parveez Shaikh, Chaitally Parmar and Vikas Bahl) for a tight screenplay. For example, scenes like, lizard in the bathroom + Chintu and Rani’s father getting wooed by Vijaylakhshmi during skype talk + the instant kissing scene between Rani and an Italian chef + Vijay rejecting Rani in a cafe, prior to marriage + The climax were very much realistically portrayed.


DISLIKES in Queen Movie – Review

Only two. Predictability of the story and Direction by Vikas Bahl. Am not saying direction is bad, but the film could be crisper if some scenes were shortened/absent. For example, that sex toy scene in the shop of Amsterdam was absolute unnecessary. The director probably shot it to show the innocence of Heroine, but its too unlikely to think that an adult woman who is educated + has the capability to roam in foreign streets alone + was about to marry a boy after dating him for a few years is so naive that she cannot recognize a toy which closely resembles a human reproductive organ, even after watching and touching the toy upside down for a few minutes. How weird !!

MESSAGE: Queen infects a delightful message of self-respect, love and confidence. Truly upholds that, “Love should be a reality in your life, not just a poem, not just a dream. Learn to love. Very few people know how to love. They all know that love is needed, they all know that without love life is meaningless, but they don’t know how to love.” -Osho

And, “Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the keyring that opens the door…” -Paulo Coelho

MY VERDICT: Despite some loopholes in the plot, ‘Queen’ is an amazing experience to watch. Don’t miss it. Am going with 3.5 stars for this one.