Coming from a filmy background, Alia Bhatt proved that acting is in her blood. The wooden-expression and criticism faced in her first film Student Of The Year helped Alia transform into a carefree and gone-through-abuse girl who wants to set her free from the shackles of the society in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Let us see how it fared at the box office in our special report.
“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences. This will lead to self-realization of who you really are.” – Quote from Sean Penn’s Into The Wild
Highway was a journey a free-spirited Veera (Alia Bhatt) who is trapped in the world of social responsibilities, sugar-coated relatives and hypocrites friends. One dreadful night, she is kidnapped by local gangster Mahabir (Randeep Hoods). Instead of panicking, she enjoys the situation as she breathes away from crowd, noise and hectic life. Imtiaz Ali, who gave us beautiful movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar, Tamasha, comes out with yet another romantic-filled in the journey of love and self-realization. Highway will probably be his most daring attempt as he divulges into the area never attempted before. The movie was refreshing and engaging in the first half with Alia Bhatt ruling over. Second half looses the steam with some unnecessary prolonged scenes but ending compensates for that.
Cinematography by Anil Mehta is heavenly capturing the beautiful locales of North India. Music and background is simply enchanting and tuneful thanks to the legend called A.R.Rahman. Alia Bhatt surprises with her charming, bubbly and yet powerful character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Randeep Hooda is one of most under-rated actors in Bollywood. He fits the character of kidnapper who has heart of gold.
According to the Boxofficeindia.com, Highway was released on 21st February, 2014 at 750 screens to Rs 3.21 crores. The film collected Rs 12.83 crores in its first weekend and went onto collect Rs 21.27 crores in its first week. Highway ended its theatrical run with Rs 28.43 crores against a budget of Rs 25 crores and turned out to be surprise “Hit” at the box office.