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Highway Movie Review

Highway  Rating: 2.62/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
Blame it on the undercooked script, or the fact that Ali stretches the film's overarching theme so thin that it's reduced to an empty cliché. The film - a brave experiment on Ali's part, who uses long stretches of silence, improv dialogues, and characters over plot to drive the narrative - doesn't necessarily work. It's meandering and indulgent in many parts, tiring you out well before it's over. I'm going with two out of five for Highway. A beautiful mess, but a mess nonetheless.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
On the whole, HIGHWAY is a triumph for Alia Bhatt, who delivers a marvelous performance. Also, what you carry home, besides Alia's winning performance, are the stunning visuals, especially towards the second hour. But the treatment of the written material restricts its appeal largely. The connoisseurs of cinema and a tiny segment of the movie-going audience may go ga-ga over the film, but there's precious little for the large base of mass audience that's looking at the entertainment quotient from the maker of hugely admired entertainers like JAB WE MET and LOVE AAJ KAL.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)
Highway is a problematic film. Elements in it have great beauty - starting with Anil Mehta’s cinematography. And yet, I left the theater, deeply dissatisfied. The film posits kidnapping as therapy. It tells us: So what if you’ve been abducted, heal yourself as you travel the undiscovered countryside. Given the horror inherent in the situation, this just feels false and fundamentally, wrong. I’m going with two and a half stars.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
If one were to speak about the pre- and post-interval portions, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the pre-interval part is lighter and more entertaining. The second half seems stretched, besides being a bit heavy and unrealistic. On the whole, Highway is entertaining but only upto a point and only for the youth in the big cities. Its weak second half and the class-appealing nature of the drama will tell on its performance in the smaller centres and in single-screen cinemas. Overall, its run at the cinemas will not be upto the mark.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times of India (TOI)
Highway is not a sunny, funny road-trip. It is Imtiaz Ali's starkest, darkest work yet.But what stamps this film indelibly is its sheer boldness. At times, Highway feels like an unending Bharat darshan, a long look at suffering souls through several deserts and eucalyptus trees. But some meandering is its only flaw. Watch it for its cathartic creativity.Highway is not an easy ride. But it offers fresh breezes and new sights.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Highway isn’t merely concerned with cataloguing the virginal, versatile landscapes of Northern India. Often it’s the only ray of cheer to offset the grimness concealed within two wounded souls. Highway, he uses travel like artistry, a narrative form to unfold the adventures of its two leading protagonists learning (and unlearning) a few precious lessons about the capricious course life follows when tackled head-on.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
It has many a moment that is endearing and exquisitely etched, but the film is not always engaging enough to be able to offset the occasional inertia that stems from its lack of physical action. But doubtless, Highway is a must watch as much for what it is as for what it isn’t. It is not a typical romantic drama, nor an average love story. It is a road movie with a difference. Highway dishes out a trip that is definitely worth the price of the ticket.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
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, but the story struggles with its twin threads and uneven tone. ‘Highway’ is a patchy ride, with the occasional high spot.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By:  Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror
It is a film about nature and travel; about a meandering journey without a definite destination. Highway makes for the kind of cinema we need, perhaps not something we entirely deserve. Even if you aren't moved by its unhurried simplicity, or do not agree with this review, I challenge you to resist an overwhelming urge to rush out after dark hoping to get kidnapped (or simpler, just take off) to the foothills of the Himalayas. In that itself, is the battle won by a film that strives for little more.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Aseem Chhabra Site:Rediff
It is rare that a Hindi language film delivers so much promise in the first half.' 'And so it is extremely disappointing when the director and his script lead us on a journey that eventually fizzles out, collapses and dies in front of our eyes. This is the first time in recent years that a Bollywood film has paid so much attention to scenic beauty. Highway is a beautiful looking film and the cinematography helps sustain our interest, even as the narrative forgets where it is heading.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:FirstPost
A scary prospect is that Highway might not make money at the box office. Some will no doubt criticize the film’s silences, long takes and lack of naach gaana. That’ll be a shame because it’s not often that a successful commercial filmmaker has the courage to take a sharp left from the blockbuster formulae and make something that’s different. There is so much to appreciate in Highway and if it can goad other commercial filmmakers to take notice and also dare to try something new, we’ll all be richer for it.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today
With Highway, Imtiaz takes the road less travelled and tries something very different from not just his usual style of films but goes ahead to challenge something that we have not seen in Bollywood movies. Although the problem that emerges is that he is not able to hold it together. Forget the reliability factor, the film is way too slow to offer any entertainment.Avoid this Highway, it will lead you nowhere!
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Ratings:-- Review By: Senha may Francis Site:Emirates 24 By 7
Unfortunately, he’s unable to pace the travels adequately, sinking and soaring at random through the two-hour-and-10-minute screen time, leaving us distracted often. Barring a sluggish narrative and a few continuity slip-ups, Imitiaz’s movie promises remarkable performances. ‘Highway’ is a road less travelled, and one that we think you must embark on. It’s a bumpy ride, no doubt, but one that’s set in the right direction.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
I feel cheated by Imtiaz Ali because Highway isn’t anything even remotely close to what we usually expect from the filmmaker after terrific works like Jab We Met and Rockstar. With Highway he undeniably slips. It is a frustrating film that will leave you angry. Imtiaz clearly wasted his caliber over leisurely making a movie that is strictly respectable for its lack of connection and conviction.
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  1. The pre release rating of the movie is somewhere near between 3.2-3.7. The Social Media Sentiments about the movie highway are positive for alia's acting & looks, imtiaz's direction, A R rahman's music and anil mehta's stunning picturization . Check out detailed PRE RELEASE analysis of upcoming movies at blog[dot]socialtota[dot]com

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  2. Looks to be a boring arty travel drama will avoid

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  3. Highway Movie Review
    http://www.telugumovieshine.com/highway-movie-review/

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  4. Highway movie review: Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda Rocks - http://entertainment.sandhira.com/highway-movie-review-aliabhatt-and-randeephooda-rocks.html

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  5. Anyone with an honest review please these critics seems to be too confused some have absolutely hated it and some have loved it

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  6. A big disappointment not expected this from imtiaz after jab we met and rockstar

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  7. It's awesome! http://www.bollybrit.com/reviews-blog/film-review-highway

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  8. HIGHWAY:
    An Imtiaz Ali film that is so not Imtiaz Ali Film! It’s different!! [3.5/5]

    Expectations lead us to disappointments, by and large. But with Imtiaz Ali’s HIGHWAY, it is us who fall short of what to expect from this modern-age master of romance. Imtiaz is known to dig up diverse human relationships in order to drench us in the most vigorous and spirited emotions one can feel. HIGHWAY is no exception in substance but definitely in its approach. Through this journey of love, longings & togetherness in just not-so-feasible settings, Imtiaz dares to push his boundaries as a filmmaker and comes up with a love-story much darker, edgier and better than his bests.

    Loosely based on ‘Stockholm syndrome’ where victim starts feeling compassionate, concerned, considerate and connected to offender’s sufferings that come as baggage from times of yore and drive him to perform such crimes, HIGHWAY brings two damaged souls troubled with their respective haunting pasts closer. Just a couple of hours before her wedding, Veera [Alia Bhatt as a revelation] accidently gets abducted by a murderous gang of goons largely dealing in petty illegal practices of land-grabbing & mugging on highways. Realizing the fact that the father is a hot-shot industrialist having his connections rooted in powerful politics and that their unplanned abduction could turn things on their own; they, especially the leading man here cold-hearted Mahavir Bhati [Randeep Hooda proving his comfort, ability and confidence in playing the character] decides to stick with the plan. Not knowing where it could get them both, starts the road-trip through scenic, rustic, mystic locales of North India.

    Fans would agree that Imtiaz’s films have always been loud about life’s very existence despite its own flaws and imperfections but here silence speaks more. So, most of the times all you hear is submissive background score by AR Rahman filling in to the subjective road-shots captured from behind the front glass of the truck. Characters here have deeper secrets from pasts. Veera is a victim of incestuous child abuse. Mahavir has seen a tormented childhood where his father would throw his mother into sexual favors to his rich & powerful master. Sure you haven’t expected all that in an easygoing Imtiaz Film. Sure you wanted to get entertained with all candy floss romance and not some harsh reality that speaks how women are unsafe even if they are in considerably the most secured place for them called home. So, disappointment comes easy for you.

    What you can not have any iota of uncertainty on is the performances. Alia Bhatt is a surprise packet of the film. The presence, effortlessness, confidence she shows is extremely rare for anyone who’s just one film old in the line of work. She’s beautiful and she acts the same way. Randeep Hooda sinks his teeth into the rugged, rigid, vigorously ferocious character of Mahavir. Watch him in his final outburst as he hesitates to go on the crossroad that could either take him to a better world filled with love & affection or could throw him back in the pit of crime and hatred.

    Breathtaking visuals, grasping soundtrack, juicy dialogues and performances that will never leave you alone even after leaving the theatre; HIGHWAY has it all but not for all. With the portions with docu-drama style of shooting, extended shots, rhythmic travelling footage, reduced usage of dialogues; it is not an easy film to watch. It’s different. It’s dark. It’s one of those that add up your expectations. I am all excited to see what next Imtiaz Ali could come with! Recommended! [3.5/5]

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    1. Love your writing. Why did so many critics hated this movie and by reading yours and others review i sense that highway might be too dark and depressing to watch. Is it so

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    2. It's not depressing but slow and dark for sure. many thanks!

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    3. Gaurav, love ur writing..altough some guys wouldn't like some of ur previous reviews bt u reviewed genuinely.
      Gone to "Highway" 1st show today n found it's not like Imtiaz earliers bt really a nice ride.
      Alia's act is flawless..reminds me "Jab We Met's Kareena.
      Randeep Hooda's act is speechless..u guys wud agree on dis "His eyes speaks".
      This film will definitely get award for Cinematography and Background Score.

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    4. Gaurav, most of the renown reviewers gave poor rating to Highway but you reviewed it to the perfection. I booked this movie yesterday solely based on your reviews, and experience I had watching this movie is difficult to explain in simple words. It was fantastic. It was a journey that I never wanted to end, but when it ends, it was the most appropriate end. I enjoyed each and every moment of this movie. Thank you for writing movie reviews :-)

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    5. many thanks for such motivating words, julfiqar!! keep writing even when you don't like any of my writing!!

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    6. hello gaurav .....just love the e way u post ur review...........honestly the most apt and to my taste of movies..................saw the movie loved it ..........

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  9. A Must Watch For Every One...Awesome Movie..Check The Review
    http://bollyareena.blogspot.com/2014/02/highway-movie-review.html

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    2. check this method to share link hehe

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  10. Imtiaz Ali failed this. Totally failed. This movie is even worse than Himmatwala. And I just don't understand why Alia bhatt is offered so many films when she doesn't deserve them at all.

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  11. Highway is not an entertaining movie. But one will love to see the acting of one movie old Alia and lovely locations. And most importantly it gives a warning message ,so that the parents(especially the moms) should be careful enough so that to prevent their kids from being abused by close relatives.

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  12. superb drama film ever seen in Bollywood before..really well written and directed film..nice..

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  13. I love all of Imtiaz Alis films and this one was amazing too. Unfortunately I think this movie won't get any recognition when it comes to awards because it won't make much money. Even if it will make some money, those garbage plot less movies will get so many nominations just because they have big stars In them

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  14. I saw this movie first day first show, and there were only 11 people there in the theater. I really liked it and I'm sure the other 10 people did too.

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  15. Beautiful movie just loved it!!!!

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  16. I personally liked the movie. Here's my review: http://bit.ly/1fhqXce

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  17. The movie is GOOD. The so-called well-known movie critics seem to focus too much on what is real/practical. As if KJo's movies or David Dhawan's movies are that, but they get appreciated!
    Imtiaz Ali has been super with the delicate issue of child abuse he has handled with so much subtlety! And even the 'having fun with kidnappers'...it is a stretch of imagination, but why not! It isnt as though Alia was shown dancing and chatting with the kidnappers from the moment she gets abducted. Perhaps they have missed out on the point in the movie from which Alia opens up to the kidnappers...the scene in which Randeep slaps the guy from his gang for trying to force himself onto Alia! I didnt find it too difficult to believe / imagine that once she knows that the gang-leader isnt the sorts to 'hurt' her in the ghastliest of ways, she begins to ease up a little, and eventually even enjoy the journey.
    The critics are right about Alia's performance though. For a second movie, she has gone a fabulous job. The suppressed angst/anger at the life she has had so far and the real grieving for having lost Mahabir forever is portrayed by her most beautifully in the last few scenes of the movie.
    My personal opinion to anyone who is a fan of Imtiaz Ali - DEFINITELY watch this one! Even though its not one of his best works...it is awesome nonetheless, for very many reasons!

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  18. Screw the reviewers. I dont know what they expect. they reject masala entertainers for lack of innovativeness. and if someone tries hand at something different, they call it lack of story/script.
    This movie shows north india like never before shown on silver screen ! i admit that story may be weak, but that is completely balanced by beautiful brilliant cinematography, performances and music.
    If you love nature, travelling and fell suffocated in urban life, you will love this movie.

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    1. I agree ... this movie makes u love urself its not depressing rather u cn know how u cn ovrcum such big loss.vry refreshing n nature lovers it is fr us. Must watch

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  19. Imtiaz Ali is one of the most talented directors in the industry, well known for his offbeat films. His way of projecting a story has been unconventional and interesting. After the success of so many hit films like Jab We Met, Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal, he is back this week with ‘Highway’.

    Veera (Alia Bhatt), a delhi resident, is about to get married in a few days. She is kidnapped by a group, headed by Mahabir (Randeep Hooda). Mahabir soon realizes that Veera is the daughter of a rich industrialist having political links. He decides to take her along with him till he gets the ransom money. And then the actual Bharat Darshan starts!
    Be it the beautiful deserts of Rajasthan or the wide range of mountains in the Himachal and Kashmir. The journey has been captured beautifully by Anil Mehta. Veera starts to find freedom in her bondage. What’s written in her fate?

    The best thing about Highway, undoubtedly, is its cinematography. Anil Sharma has beautifully projected the diversity of the Indian culture. One of the best, I have seen in the recent times.
    Highway hardly manages to grab your attention, except a few good scenes. Let me just warn you, the film is pretty slow! It bores you out till the end.

    Alia Bhatt is definitely the pick among the actors. She gives a tough competition to the much acclaimed Randeep Hooda, in terms of her acting skills. Mind you, this girl can act! Randeep Hooda is excellent in his role. The supporting staff hardly has much role to play.

    Imtiaz Ali’s, Highway is a film which is trying too hard to be different but only limits itself to a good piece of cinematography. Watch it if you have got a lot of patience!
    Oh, did I mention? It talks about women’s safety as well.

    Rating- 2/5

    Log on to www.rohitrupani.blogspot.in for more reviews.

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  20. @Review By: Anupama Chopra - I want to say fuck you, I am just wondering how the hell u can be critic with your tiny brain.

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  21. Just this out, he has a lot of good points to make here

    HIGHWAY - A daring, offbeat masterstroke by a thoughtful director & his new exceptional star Alia Bhatt. (Review By Bobby Sing)

    http://bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=postid022114122235

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  22. f**k critics,highway is a movie that cannot be described by words and 5 stars are also not enough for it

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  23. loved to see this movie, again n again what a movie.....totally real life matters...........its a true story....angutha laghva lo...merae bhai

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  24. One of the best movie I have seen this year.. Way better than some of the hyped big banner movies.. I wish the journey never stopped.. As Veera says, I don't want to go back to where I came from, nor do I want to reach where you are taking... But this journey, is good... I don't want this to end... Thanks Imitiaz for this masterpiece... I'm surprised why people like Anupama or Rajiv Masand would completely disregard the couples troubled childhood and their unique relationship... One of the best!! 4 stars

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  25. Thanks Gaurav.Firstly I get frustated by the reviews specially Rajeev Masand whom I believe a lot. After reading your review I got some courage to see the movie so that I will get some Imtiaz Ali's stuff.Looks like critic's brains are not capable of or not so intelectuals to understand the movie.Seems like they are all going to attain their menopause soon.It's a nice movie with good performances specially by Alia and Randeep.I had remembered Imtiaz's first movie Soha Na Tha turned down by critics heavily but still it is a very good movie and also got success in box office.All are talking about Jab We Met and Rockstar which are very good movies. Actually I rate Love Aaj Kal as Imtiaz's best and a true masterpiece.Dont't get biased and defintely a movie not to be missed.

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  26. A bold realistic cinema.....alia and randeep national award winning performances....imtiaz hats off.....superb Artistic Bollywood cinema

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  27. Highway is a different kind of movie. I really disagree with @Anupama Chopra's review, most of the times i agree on her review & it really helps me a lot to watch good movies but this time I disagree on her review coz, she has written that "The film posits kidnapping as therapy". Actually its a "stockholm syndrome" & this movie has an artistic touch which is rare in bollywood movies & it doesn't looks like a commercial movie. Guys whoever is reading my comments & like art film go and watch it. Don't depend on the comments & if u still wanna see some more good reviews about this movie then go and watch imdb reviews

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  28. best movie of 2014 .alia's acting was flawless, randeep hooda is improving film by film and i dont know y the hell critics r not likin dis movie.3.5/5!!!!

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  29. I am tired of these paid reviews and the innocent people falling in the traps of such fake reviews."Highway" is like a breeze of fresh air which will definitely touch the chord of your heart, you will feel that even the silence can speak so many words. Director Imtiaz Ali is again at his best and with the A.R.Rehman's magic, he again created a master piece.Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt immersed themselves in the character completely and with a treat for the eyes cinematography, Highway deserves a applause. If you really want to feel the magic of love, head straight to the "Highway"

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  30. Its a beautiful film. ..Very strong performance by Alia n Randeep ..A change in the stereotype hindi films..Very scenic n emotional too...

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  31. Highway is a wonderful movie beautifully directed by Imtiaz Ali.Its not everyone's cup of tea so its not to be understood by every viewer.Its a journey,as well as salvation which the movie offers.Few people understand the meaning of true freedom and self realisation and this movie is for those people.Most people like to watch masala movie full of dance,drama,unrealistic violence,feel happy and rate those movie 4/4.5 out of five because they want entertainment.But movies like highway is not mere entertainment but ethereal pleasure to watch because its so much more than just a movie.It is sheer beauty to the eyes,deep thought in the heart,soothing effect in the soul and lasting impression on the mind.Some saying its a girl falling for her abducter,or mere stockholm syndrome but no its not.Yes after a time she feels for him but in the movie veera clearly says to mahavir that neither she wants to marry him,nor wants to raise his children.She just wants to be a part of mahavir's journey on the highway...or wants to reach self realisation through this journey.The moment she understands she is safe with her unknown and seemingly harsh,cruel kidnapper than her higher class family members where her uncle has been sexually abusing her since the age of nine she realises the hypocrisy of the society and the truth about different human aspects and human beings.The end could have more better but yes at the end she reaches the point where she wanted to start.....an independent life full of freedom...a life of her own.

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  32. What is WRONG with the critics ??? The Director has brought good cinema which Indian Industry has been long starving for and they show off their so called intellect ?! Sadly this is one such exception that the critics have got this TOTALLY wrong. This is a standout film and must get its due appreciation.

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  33. classy movie..... different cinema..... never tag a director to direct same kinda movies... definitely the movie will have two DISJOINT sets f audience... one will goin to lv d movie...and rest wd hate.... m in the frst set...... really hats off to imtiyaz to hv courage to make a such a wonderful movie in todays commercial scenario......really he is one of the best director of Indian cinema... even aalia bhatt wd nt have thought that she can pr4m a miraculous act..full credit to imtiyaz for cast selection..............

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  34. An absolutely fabulous movie. I will rate it as 5/5. With reputed reviewers giving this a thumbs down, they're certifying their need for psychiatric help. Might be on basic comprehension skills. Or might be what else, they weren't in Imtiaz's 'promotion' plans. They sure might feel very constipated that no moolah's rolled their way. There's too much to appreciate, to write a detailed review. The movie is filled with nuances. And when you're one of those who have known what the protagonists are bringing to life the impact is undeniably MASSIVE. I seriously wonder how a young boy like Imtiaz, knows and understands so much. And then also i keep wondering, that in a world that's this aware, why don't they apply their wisdom? Especially those who are wise enough themselves to make such a masterpiece?

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