A girl. A city girl – young, full of life – is on the highway at night. With her fiance. They are scheduled to get married in four days. Suddenly, her life is swung away from the brocade and jewellery of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction.
She is taken away by this group of rustic criminals. Her life will never be the same again.
The same night, the gang is in panic. The girl is a big industrialist’s daughter. His links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. They are doomed. But the leader of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option. He will do whatever it takes to see this through.
Days pass. These are days of unbelievable horror for her. But, as the Tempo runs and miles turn, as the scenery changes, the light changes, the sun sets and rises and the air changes, she feels that she has changed as well.
Gradually, a strange bond begins to develop between the victim and the oppressor. It is in this captivity that she, for the first time in her life, feels free. But they are not made for each other. She does not want to return to where she came from. She does not want to reach where he is taking her. She wishes this journey to never end.
Maybe the Highway will not really change her; she will go on with her life like everyone else. Maybe this feeling is just a passing phase. Maybe not.
It’s after Socha Na Tha that Imtiaz Ali brings about an infectious innocence in his film that instantly strikes a chord with the audience. The movie starts at a languid pace and keeps to it right till the end but doesn’t give you a chance to complain for it takes you along with its journey making you feel for the characters, their joy, inhibitions, pathos et al. Imtiaz Ali who’s had a strong hand at capturing emotions of the Gen-X once again taps the young minds and tackles their concerns with utmost sensitivity.
One of the strongest points in the film is casting. The director almost nails the casting by roping in Alia Bhatt who gives a startling performance. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the movie thrives on her young yet strong shoulders as she delivers one flawless sequence after the other. There couldn’t be another actor than Randeep Hooda to complement her well. The man who is listed amongst one of the hottest men of India easily slips into the unkempt goon’s role and is spot on in the mannerisms, accent etc. There’s ample soul in the chemistry between the two and you literally feel for the character.