Movie review: Alia Bhatt delivers a power-packed performance in Highway

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Imtiaz Ali's Highway is subtle, quiet, yet powerful. The film belongs to Alia Bhatt, who gives a stupendous performance in her second Bollywood film, feel the critics.

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Rating: ***

Critic's take: 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.

Not all of it is convincing though. For one, the heroine’s shift from the initial pangs of fright to the ultimate sense of freedom in captivity appears arbitrarily rushed.

Moreover, the gangster’s messed-up mind is revealed only in sporadic, fuzzy snatches. 

It is established a bit facilely that crime is the bitter man’s rebellion against wrongs heaped on his mother by an abusive father and an unfeeling society.

Highway bears the unmistakable Imtiaz Ali stamp. The songs are niftily integrated into the narrative; the focus is squarely on the plot; and the female protagonist isn’t a mere object of desire.

The ever-dependable Randeep Hooda delivers a solid performance. A measure of his confidence in his craft is provided by the restraint that he brings to the characterisation, never seeking to get ahead of the plot.

Alia Bhatt is a revelation. She responds to the demands of the role with all the skill at her disposal, nailing both the vulnerability and the tenacity of a harried but spirited ingénue. - See more at:

Style alert! Why is Vidya Balan wearing loose fitting dresses?

There were reports that 'Vidya Balan had secretly been visiting a clinic in Mumbai. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is busy promoting her soon-to-release film, ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ opposite actor Farhan Akhtar. Though Vidya has repeatedly denied that she is pregnant, what’s interesting is the actress’ choice of outfits.

Lately, Vidya Balan has been wearing relatively loose fitting maxi dresses, which no doubt suit her, but it also raises the suspicion whether the actress is trying to hide a baby bump.

All through her promotions for the Saket Chaudhary directed flick, Vidya Balan had picked creations by designers including, Swati Vijaivargie, Anupamaa, Payal Singhal, Anand Kabra and Pankaj and Nidhi.

There were reports that ‘The Dirty Picture’ actress had secretly been visiting a clinic in Mumbai. Vidya denied reports of her pregnancy saying that she has no plans of starting a family anytime soon.
On the professional front, Vidya Balan is also shooting ‘Bobby Jasoos’, directed by Samar Shaikh and co-produced by Dia Mirza with fiancé Sahil Sangha. The actress will essay the role of a female detective in the film.
Source..indian express

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