A lull where the film seems to be trapped within its overambitious narrative and can not help the hazard of a ludicrous climax
Although we see and understand “Highway” as a spiritual journey and are offered a gamut of soulful songs to that end but still find ourselves being entertained through all that ‘’Jab We Met” had to offer. There was a lot new to tap into with the subject at hand-victim-captor relationship and nuances involved therein. We get glimpses of this when Veera seductively moves in front of Bhati or when her captors see her abduction as some sort of proletariat victory over rich and powerful and celebrate in unison.But they are patchy,very few and are intended at packaging. This induces an uneasy and quiet urgency into screenplay which seems to be neither related to travelling nor to flight of a criminal but a tactical haste to reach onto next sequence. All this eats into vitality of storytelling and brings about a lull in the narration post-interval that we would not like to associate with Imtiaz Ali(he displays mastery of his craft with some meaningful visual strategies,terrific camera angles, beautifully shot scenes and a tremendous sense of music). A lull where the film seems to be trapped within its over ambitious narrative and can not help the hazard of a ludicrous climax.
Reviewed by Sneh Kumar