4 years ago, on this very day, Imtiaz Ali’s finest film Highway got released on silverscreen. Right from the narrative to execution of the story, Alia Bhatt’s Highway aced in everything in more than surprising moments in the film. On the occasion, Alia Bhatt along with filmmaker Imtiaz Ali went into nostalgia, remembering the days when they were working together, creating a masterpiece. Imtiaz Ali shared a series of behind the scenes pictures from Highway, that will remind you of the time when you witnessed one of the finest works of Indian cinema.
Alia Bhatt took to Twitter to confess that this film has indeed changed her life and we couldn’t agree more. Sharing a picture with a mountainous landscape, Alia wrote, “A film that changed my life. Will always be so grateful for all the love the film got. Thank you.” For the film, she won the Filmfare Critics Choice award for the best actress.
There are more than one way how Imtiaz Ali’s Highway changed the lives of people who are deeply and truly in love with Indian cinema. From AR Rahman’s hair-raising music, background score to Alia Bhatt’s surprisingly fantastic acting, Highway will be remembered till eternity for more than one reason.
More than Imtiaz Ali, Highway was a career shaper for Alia Bhatt, who didn’t impress many with her role in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. She earned appreciation for her flawless beauty but as far as her acting was concerned, it was a moot point for cinephiles back then.
Alia Bhatt then appeared in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway and mind you, everybody who dubbed the actress as only an arm candy was stunned to see her outdo Veera Tripathi. Just after Highway’s release, Alia Bhatt’s snobbish character from Student Of The Year was a forgotten tale. She was remembered as Veera, who fell in love with her kidnapper, only to lose her in the hands of her powerful father. Her performance graph went up exponentially after Highway.
At just an age of 23, Alia Bhatt was being hailed as one of the best actresses at that time. Indeed, she is. After Highway, she signed Udta Punjab which was another blow for all those who undermined the actress’ acting calibre. She got into the skin of a migrant Bihari girl, and couldn’t tell that this filthy girl in the movie is ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter. That was another feather in Alia Bhatt’s cap.
Alia Bhatt, with her skills and sheer hard work, proved that she’s a director’s actor. There’s no role that this girl cannot ace. In her next film, she will be essaying the role of a Kashmiri spy. And we have no doubt that Alia is just gearing up for another stunner for us.