Highway (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 23 Critic Reviews | Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt


Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt

Highway Posterdirection:

Imtiaz Ali


Imtiaz Ali


Imtiaz Ali


Imtiaz Ali

weird aggregate rating 5.9/10cinematography:

Anil Mehta


A.R Rahman

produced by:

Sajid Nadiadwala, Imtiaz Ali




Drama, Romance

release date:

run time:
133 minutes


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  •  Rediff -Aseem Chhabra Rating-4
Imtiaz Ali's Highway starts with a bang.A wealthy Delhi family is preparing for their daughter's wedding with sari and jewelry-shopping, and large gatherings.The night before the wedding, when everyone is asleep, the bride-to-be -- Veera (Alia Bhatt) -- decides to go out on a drive with her fiance,
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  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-5
From the onstart itself I have had a problem with the perception of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ in this film. It is revealed much later in the story that Alia’s character Veera comes with an emotional baggage as heavy as Mahabir’s to justify the connection between the duo.
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  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-8
Highway is Imtiaz Ali's fifth film and, I suspect, his first film too. His previous efforts seem like milestones on a modern highway, designed to bring him closer to the movie he really wanted to make. The signs were visible: road trips, eloping couples, destructive alpha males, epiphanies around
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  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-6
Writer-director Imtiaz Ali has hit a road less taken. The result is a stylish two-hander that is defiantly unconventional, if not entirely satisfying.Shot on stunning locations spread from Delhi all the way up to the slopes of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir, via the plains of Rajasthan and Punjab,
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  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-3
From Socha Na Tha (2005) till Rockstar (2011), I have enjoyed all the films that Imtiaz Ali has directed. I feel he plays around wonderfully with relationships and that's what makes his films so relatable even if the character is as weird as Jordan in Rockstar.
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  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-7
Straight up, Highway is not a sunny, funny road-trip. It is Imtiaz Ali's starkest, darkest work yet. Rich Veera (Bhatt) steps away from her Monsoon Wedding-style shaadi preparations (a handheld camera capturing gold, ghaghras and a girl going, "Bhaiyya, flavvers lappet do!") for a break with her
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  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-6
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Imtiaz Ali.Ever so astir, Ali’s storytelling wears wings as do his creations known to take off impulsively or wander about to unforeseen destinations in a bid to discover, seek, escape or just because.In journey lie stories, a search for sights and self.
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  •  Book My Show -Shadab Hasnain Rating-8
Highway seems like the befitting follow-up for writer-director, Imtiaz Ali, after his previous film Rockstar. If Rockstar dealt with the troubled life of Janardhan Jakad, Highway deals with the troubled life of two people, who together comprise the soul of this road romance (to say the least).
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  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-8
The film is about two people. Or even better, the people beneath those people. Beautifully written, deeply philosophical, visually astounding and absolute fun —Highway is unadulterated joy.Veera (Alia Bhatt), the daughter of a Mr. Moneybags, has been kidnapped by goons.
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  •  India Today -Vinayak Chakravorty Rating-5
Is it a love story? Suspense drama? Pop philosophy? Or simply an exquisite showreel for Discovery Travel mounted on a fiction set-up? Imtiaz Ali's new film looks like all of the above by turns as the reels roll, and in the end of it all you are not quite sure which one it definitely wanted to be.
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  •  Now Running -Mansha Rastogi Rating-7
Travel has been an intrinsic part of all Imtiaz Ali films right from Socha Na Tha to Rockstar but with Highway, the filmmaker takes you on an unforgettable road trip that not only touches you but also leaves you with ample to mull over. An otherwise free-spirited girl Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt),
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-4
Film-makers in India, generally, follow the age-old tradition of the lead man wooing and winning the woman with love and perseverance. Conversely, there's a grim side too, as the lead man abducts the woman at gunpoint or drags her away from her world.

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  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4
A couple of damaged strangers seeking redemption via a road journey is the premise of Imtiaz Ali’s latest ‘Highway’. The director’s attempt to move away from his trademark candyfloss-ness has mixed results: this is perhaps the most picturesque road movie I have seen coming out of Bollywood

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  •  Zee News -Gayatri Sankar Rating-7
Touted as one of the most awaited films of her year, Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’ has indeed lived up to the hype. The filmmaker who earlier delivered - ‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Rockstar’- has now, with ‘Highway’ redefined Indian cinema and raised the bar by adopting a formula which is absolutely
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-4
At one point in writer-director Imtiaz Ali's Highway, Alia Bhatt's character Veera, who has been kidnapped and taken hostage in the back of a truck, pops in an English music CD and begins gyrating to a tune in the middle of an empty road. Like us in the audience, her kidnapper Mahabir
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  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-5
Highway is a problematic film. Elements in it have great beauty — starting with Anil Mehta’s cinematography. The film was shot and improvised as the cast and crew drove across six states. Mehta’s camera caresses the changing terrain so that we can almost taste the bleached salt pans
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  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-7
Escaping the first half-second half quandary of most Hindi films, Imtiaz Ali marks his return to theatres with a solemn, clearly-demarcated-in-three-acts film. Highway gets off to a good start, finds itself grappling in the middle, before striking a punch in the gut with a moving finale.
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  •  Deccan Herald -Arkadev Goshal Rating-6
A director must be very bold in order to keep some of the most important scenes of his film devoid of any background music, letting the ambient sound do the talking. It’s a bigger gamble when the man behind the music for the rest of the film is A R Rahman.
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  •  DNA -Sarita Tanvar Rating-8
A film named Highway sounds more like a road movie. It is – but it's one’s also about the journey of a young girl. The film begins with the kidnapping of a powerful man’s daughter Veera (Alia Bhatt) just on the eve of her wedding. The kidnapper, Mahaveer and his gang have no idea about
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  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-8
Is this Imtiaz Ali’s best film till date? While the answer to that is open to debate and discussion, there is no doubt that ‘Highway’ is Ali’s boldest film. He makes no concessions in his storytelling, he doesn’t attempt to play to the gallery and he definitely doesn’t try to adhere to any Bollywood formula.
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -Khaled Mohamed Rating-6
Hey there, a New Delhi bride-to-be is suffering from a bad air day. In the event, she grabs  her geeky room-to-be, and vrrrrom they’re headed for the breezeway. Very bad idea. Because, out pop beastly bozos at a petrol refuelling halt, kidnap the girl, plus the geek’s sedan.
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  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8
Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is going to a place she doesn’t know, in a beaten-down truck with her kidnapper Mahabir (Randeep Hooda), and she says a line to this effect, "I don't want to go back to where you brought me from, I don't want to reach where you are taking me, all I know is this journey."
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  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-5
Trying to 'cash' on the Stockholm syndrome with 'coins' of child abuse sensationalisms, the rich and the poor without a proper story and an indie point of view 'Highway' at the most can be remembered for Alia Bhatt's fantastic outing as an actress otherwise it's hard to imagine
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Highway (2014)
5.9 out of 10
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23 reviews.