The shoot for director Imtiaz Ali’s film Highway, starring actors Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, with music by A R Rahman, was wrapped on May 28. The film, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will release on December 13 this year.
Despite a really challenging shoot across six Indian states, Highway wrapped up proceedings eight days in advance. Although the entire shoot was planned for 60 days, Imtiaz and team finished the same in 52 days. Along the way, they had to face extreme weather conditions and negotiate very difficult terrain.
From the sub-zero temperatures of snow-clad upper Himachal to the near 50 degree centigrade highs in the last schedule in Gurgaon; from bus and train travel in Rajashtan to hotels with no electricity or water in Kaza (Himachal) and treacherous treks in heavy rains in Kashmir, there were roadblocks all along for the film. Yet the team completed the shoot well within time.
“This film had the most number of locations in a film for me, and yet the shortest span of shoot,” says Imtiaz. “Of course, that’s how it should have been for a movie called Highway. This shooting has been the most intense and liberating journey,” he adds.
“There’s no place to begin if I start talking about the film and I won’t stop. So I would rather save my emotions for myself to know,” says Alia. For Sajid, presenting Highway is a matter of great pride. “The film was mounted and executed in a very short time and I am so happy that its shoot has been completed well within schedule. It makes me very happy, proud and responsible that Imtiaz has left the release and distribution of his first production completely to me,” he says.
Director Imtiaz Ali also attended the screening.