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Highway(हाईवे)

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India

2014

Rated PG-13 • 2h 13m

Director Imtiaz Ali

Starring Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, Durgesh Kumar, Pradeep Nagar

Genre Bollywood, Crime, Drama, Romance

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A young woman from a wealthy family, Veera, is kidnapped by bandits and held for ransom right before her wedding. As the initial days pass, Veera discovers that life on the highway as a member of the bandit group is far more liberating than the stuffiness of her upper-class existence.

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RogerEbert.com by

There's a lot to like in Ali's latest, Highway, which is a gorgeously assembled, ambitious piece of work, although it doesn't coalesce into a holistically successful film.
40

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Ali has a deft hand in creating a fantasy world based on the classical Sita-Ravana model, and gives Bhatt free rein to project herself with unabashed teenage appeal.
40

The New York Times by Rachel Saltz

The cinematographer Anil Mehta’s lovely, unfussy images ground the film and show us a good bit of India... Mr. Ali’s story, though, wanders too long and too far, sometimes coming off like a forced mash-up of “It Happened One Night” and “Patty Hearst.”
60

Variety by Ronnie Scheib

Tracing a journey of self-discovery through six North Indian states without a formal script, Ali’s actors, like his characters, effectively improvise in a meandering present tense, stripped of any viable destination.
30

Village Voice by Zachary Wigon

The degree to which Highway candies up Veera's slumming toward freedom feels so fundamentally out of touch with the realities of poverty that it skirts into offensiveness.

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