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written on March 12, 2015 -3pm EST.
NH 10 turns super expressway !
Don’t lock yourself with a cat in a dark room otherwise…!
…..An old Bollywood saying
You know what, take a deep breath, control your heartbeat, chew some strong digestives, complete the restroom formalities and park your phone out of reach...And only then you are ready to enjoy one of the most amazingly filmed thriller experienced in the last many years of Bollywood.
It actually ticks all the points of that perfect thriller checklist-
Time keeps running, you keep gasping,
You want the mouse to switch places in this jaw-dropping cat and mouse game
You occasionally shout out to save characters you love and live with
You punch invariably, curse the wrong doers…ALOUD
Edgier as it gets..constantly your heart keeps pumping in your mouth.
Technically brilliant , color tones match the mood, eerie sounds, near-perfect background score, real-time screenplay and a super-filmi climax. the second half might dip in the energy levels but as compared to the first half draws to a brilliant filmy culmination which is sure to draw whistles.
And finally the camera is the real Hero of the movie, which runs like blood in the screenplay with brilliant shots capturing the dark and shady highway in all its glory. Props like 'Objects in the mirror appear closer than they are' are superb and enhance the script value.
The story is simple yet pulls you from your slick lifestyle to the vagaries of the area which begins soon after the last Gurgaon mall ends. You actually experience prevalent honor killings, caste-ridden mindsets and blood-hungry villagers.
And yes Anushka is the cat locked/chased in the dark …rest has to be felt and absorbed..No more details.
So all in all a real movie with a full dash of thrilling entertainment with bravura performances by Hero Anushka (that says it all), wicked Darshan, subtle and suave Neil, an out of ordinary Deepti Naval, the movie can't be rolled without some downers. Violence is unabashed and will require a hard stomach to digest. Free use of expletives to capture the region. Drop in energy levels in the second half, A little more crispy editing would have done wonders blah blah.. All Ignored in the radiance of NH 10…No technical glitches other than a few cinematic liberties.
And as they say it will take 100 years to reach the current level of Hollywood, movies like NH 10 might lessen the journey considerably.
Go hit this highway now !
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