The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them

Thomas MertonNo Man Is an Island

Imtiaz Ali’s HIGHWAY released in 2014 completed three years on the 21st of February, 2017 and its a film as relevant and crucial today as it was when it was made. The director flirted with the above quote and gave us a protagonist so compelling and emotionally palpable and vulnerable, we all could find a reflection of our fears and insecurities in her.

What happens when a blithe-spirited and insouciant girl is abducted and brought to the harsh and brutal reality of the world, a far cry from the world of glitz and glamor she has grown up in?

What happens when she discovers solace and peace in the world of abduction and also falls for her abductor?

These two questions were ably answered in the film. 

Constructing the premise of the film in the manner, he has almost mastered himself in- The Travel-Brochure Route, the film opened up with Alia’s (Veera) wedding preparations. She, on the other hand, was gung-ho about experiencing the world outside her claustrophobic home.

Currently the finest actor of her generation, Alia Bhatt portrayed the role of a girl haunted by a ghastly past and what many women in India go through- SEXUAL TRAUMA. Equally rousing and affecting performance came from its male protagonist, RANDEEP HOODA, an actor yet to get his due in this industry. Essaying the role of a Haryanvi goon, HOODA managed to create both fear and sympathy for his character, a rather anomalous and unwonted blend of emotions.

If the towering performances weren’t enough to charm and mesmerize you, AR Rahman’s soulful and soothing soundtrack and the luscious landscapes of Kashmir would’ve compensated for the emptiness.

It may not have been a blazing box-office blockbuster, but surely a much better cinematic experience than the so-called money-spinners.

Watch it if you haven’t already and one can guarantee a safe and memorable journey ahead.