Imtiaz Ali is back. Time to rejoice.

I waited for Highway. I got distracted for Highway. I worried myself with expectations for Highway. I almost failed my main exam today for Highway. And it was totally worth it.

Highway is undoubtedly a very subjective film, EVERY single person who watches it will watch a different film and go home with a different feeling. Imtiaz Ali’s new offering is unconventional, dark and gorgeous – so breathtakingly gorgeous. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics and Rahman’s score enrich the narrative, soaking it in a torrential rush of raw emotion and meaning. Coupled with Anil Mehta’s camera and Alia Bhatt’s surprisingly naturalistic acting, the result is a cinematic gem. This is just her second feature film as an actress and she is so terrific it boggles the mind.

And there’s the man behind the vision: Sir Imtiaz Ali. I wish he would never stop making movies for us. If Highway does not clean the dust of everyday life from your soul, I don’t know what will. This is a cathartic experience of a higher order, which refuses to be spoonfed. You will have to earn it.

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The question, then, isn’t if Highway is good enough for you. The real question is, are you good enough for it?

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