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Sajid Nadiadwala elated as Highway becomes a Super Hit

Highway UK ReleaseSajid Nadiadwala is a very happy man with Imtiaz Ali’s Highway turning out to be a super hit and profitable for all stakeholders. The Alia Bhatt-Randeep Hooda starrer, presented by Sajid was made at a cost of Rs 18.25 crore (including P&A). The movie has already clocked more than Rs 27 crore at the Indian box office and is still running successfully across theatres.

What is even more incredible is that the film has garnered this collection from just 800 screens where it was released. That apart, the film had made Rs 15.5 crore revenue even before release and the international theatrical collection is more than Rs 8 crore till date and still counting, making the total revenue pie more than 50 cr.

Sajid says: “It was both an honor and a challenge when Imtiaz entrusted me with the big responsibility of Highway’s release. We worked with our distribution partners at UTV to give the film an appropriate release across 800 screens, with carefully selected cities and cinemas across the country.”

The film, with Anil Mehta’s unmatched cinematography and A.R. Rahman’s unforgettable music, has created a very strong word of mouth wave in the audience all over.

“Highway was always a profitable film, made and marketed at a tight cost but what was really heartwarming was the way the audiences warmed up to the movie,” adds Sajid. “We not just made a super hit film but a much loved one which will be seen and remembered with much fondness for years to come.”

Says Imtiaz Ali, “Happy that the film has reached the audience. We are moved by the response and very thankful. This experience has taught us many new things.”

 

 

‘Highway’ my attempt to have more elbow room: Imtiaz Ali

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz Ali in London (6)Imtiaz Ali says he braced himself for a free fall while working on his experimental road drama Highway but the director is happy that the risk has paid off.

The film, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, was made on a budget of Rs 18.25 crore. Ali says the film earned Rs 15.50 crore before its release and made Rs 22.38 crore from 800 screens in its first week of release. The director, who turned producer for Highway with his Window Seat Films, says the project was his attempt to have more creative freedom.

“With ‘Highway’ I was trying to plant a seed. How else do you create an elbow room for yourself? I want to direct what I feel is interesting not what is supposed to be my zone. I don’t want it to be narrow. It was a huge risk as I was into completely uncharted territory but luckily it paid off,” Ali said in an interview.

Things started falling into place when Sajid Nadiadwala pitched in by turning a presenter while AR Rahman came on board for music again after collaborating with Ali on Rockstar. Still assailed by doubts, Ali says he promised himself that he will abandon the project midway if the story did not come together as it was an open script.

“I took money from Sajid bhai hoping that I will manage to return it and if I don’t I will pay him by working. I have always tried to make profitable films because people’s offices shut down if films fail and I will do everything to avoid that. This is why I wanted Highway to be my risk alone,” says Imtiaz.

The journey has not ended for Ali with the release of the film as he has been touring cities and gouging audience response by visiting cinema halls.

“The audience has responded and connected with the story on an emotional level with both Alia and Randeep’s characters. It is very important to have honest feedback and that comes directly from those who have just watched your film. This is why I have been travelling even now,” he said.

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (1)Ali was trying to make the film for a long time and now that it has released, he says there is a certain vacuum.

“There is always a vacuum at the end of a film. I was trying to make it for so long and I know that I have made it there is a certain kind of emotional gratification that has happened,” Imtiaz said.

The ‘Jab We Met’ director says the lessons he learnt while directing ‘Highway’ will impact the course of his future films. His next will have Ranbir Kapoor after Rockstar.

“I am now zoning towards the other film. I think I will go into it quickly. It is again something that I have been thinking for a while now. It is projection of something that is very personal but it is told in a story telling type of way. I don’t know how it will turn out,” says Ali.

The director says he has to begin from zero as the previous versions of the story were lost when his computer crashed.

“All the other versions have been erased and I have to begin from zero which in a way is good. I will be able to recall what is important while the decorations would be gone. I am glad about it,” he said.

Source:PTI

Interview: Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz Ali talk about ‘Highway’

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (1)Director Imtiaz Ali (Love Aaj Kal) and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt (Student Of The Year) flew into London after the world premiere of their new film, Highway, at the International Berlin Film Festival.

The duo spoke to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik about the much-awaited film, produced by Sajid Nadiawala Productions and presented by Disney UTV, with original motion picture soundtrack composed by Grammy award-winner A.R. Rahman.

 

How important is the UK success of Highway for you since everyone in India is more focused on the domestic box office?
Imtiaz Ali : I think, there is a democratic aspect in movie exhibition. All people are the same. The more people we can reach, the better it is for us. The UK has been a huge market for Indian films historically. We would like to see Highway do well here. It is quite important to me. 

You have just flown in from Berlin where the film premiered. Did you pick up any German words?
Imtiaz Ali: We didn’t pick up any German words but a lot of German food (laughs).
Alia Bhatt: We had German sausages called Currywurst.

The premiere in Berlin had a huge audience. Don’t you find it dangerous to show it to so many people and journalists one week in advance?
Imtiaz Ali: When you make a movie, it will eventually be seen by people. It needs to come out whenever it does. It’s such a public display that you can’t be secretive about it at all.

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (6)Love Aaj Kal earned over £1M back in 2009 and Student Of The Year was a big hit as well. Do you feel the pressure because of certain expectations?
Alia Bhatt: I don’t feel that I am prey to that yet. I don’t feel that people have a lot of expectations. There are expectations of me to deliver in general as people can take any situation to pull you down. The general pressure exists but a good film will always do well. Whether it is in the UK, back home in India or in Berlin. if you connect to the emotions then a film will go beyond that.

Alia stunned everyone when she sang Ishq Wala Love while meeting fans at Cineworld, Feltham for Student Of The Year in 2012. When did you discover her singing talent?
Imtiaz Ali: I discovered her singing abilities during the shoot of Highway. We used to have these impromptu parties during the shoots where Alia would sing. We all were surprised when she sang and that is when I suggested to A.R. Rahman that she should sing a song for the soundtrack. We went into the studio and she sang it. I told her that she took lesser time than what usually singers take while recording songs. It’s a matter of great happiness for me because there is a greater sense of ownership that comes when she sings her own songs and I’d like her to get a sense of ownership over this film.

Were you nervous while recording the song?
Alia Bhatt: I was nervous but I was extremely happy as well. I was so happy that I actually can’t describe it and I don’t think anyone will understand that (laughs).

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (5)How are you now choosing your films?
Alia Bhatt: I don’t have that sorted out yet. I don’t know what I am looking for or what I need yet. I am just one film old. I went with my gut instinct. I don’t believe in calculating too much. I haven’t figured that out yet.

How did you decide on casting Alia Bhatt after working with stars like Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor?
Imtiaz Ali: The only thing that I keep in mind is the character and the actors that are suitable and available to play the part. It doesn’t matter who you have worked with before. It doesn’t matter which films you have done before in my case. When I meet a person and I feel that this is my best and safest option, I go with that.

You have had an association with Eros International and Shree Ashtavanayak in the past. Why did you decide to co-produce this film with Sajid Nadiawala?
Imtiaz Ali: I’d like to be as independent as possible. I want to be a small player that can attach to anybody and make a movie. I feel that different type of collaborations are needed to make a good film. I am working with Sajid Nadiawala on this film and another one. After that, I don’t know yet. The world is open. 

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (4)Your first co-stars, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, have taken the easier route and have done a rom-com and comedy film respectively. Did people around you tell you not do a different film like Highway so early in your career?
Alia Bhatt: I didn’t actually discuss it with anyone.

Not even you father, Mahesh Bhatt?
Alia Bhatt: He actually told me that I must to do this film when he met Imtiaz (laughs). There was no discussion there. Once the trailer was out, I did get a lot of feedback that it’s a risk and that I should have waited before doing such a film. At the same time, people were surprised and that is always nice. People like surprises. Let’s see how it goes. I didn’t calculate and didn’t think. I just feel it’s a good journey for me.

Karan Johar loves to pamper his stars. How different was it working with Imtiaz compared to him?
Alia Bhatt: The difference was that we were shooting different films. I am a very likable person so people treat me nicely (laughs).

You have shot films in Europe like Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal. Why did you decide to shoot this films completely in India?
Imtiaz Ali: The story demanded it to be shot in India. You just go with the location that goes with the story.

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (2)What is next for you after Highway?
Alia Bhatt: My film produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala, Two States, with Arjun Kapoor releases on 18th April and I think, I am going to be back in London to promote the film, hopefully.
Imtiaz Ali: There is a story I am working on. I will probably start shooting for it in July.

The film stars Deepika and Ranbir Kapoor right?
Imtiaz Ali: Ranbir is in the film. I have to yet confirm everything else.

 

Alia Bhatt and director Imtiaz Ali introduce Highway to London

Following a successful premiere at Berlin Film Festival, Highway director, Imtiaz Ali, and lead actress, Alia Bhatt, visited London to interact with press, following a screening of the film. Prior to a Q&A session, for the first time the exclusive video of the already acclaimed song, ‘Pataka Guddi‘, featuring music maestro, AR Rahman, was launched.

In speaking about her role, Alia Bhatt said, “The journey was so overwhelming for me personally because whatever happened, my character’s reaction would be my personal reaction as well and that would get captured on camera. Whatever journey my character Veera went through I went through personally as well.” About the Berlin audience’s reaction, she added, “It was the first time any of us saw the final cut of the film as well. What struck me most was how the audience seemed to immediately understand it.”

Highway is distributed worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, releasing on 21st Feb 2014 worldwide and on 20th Feb 2014 in the UAE.

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Photos: ‘Highway’ team at Berlin Film Festival 2014

The director of Highway, Imtiaz Ali, along with the leading actors of the film, Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda promoted the film at the International Berlin Film Festival 2014 earlier today.

London fans can meet Imtiaz Ali and Alia Bhatt at Cineworld Feltham tomorrow at 19.00. Highway will release in UK cinemas on 21st February 2014. 

Check out the photos here: 

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Director Imtiaz Ali follows his instincts in ‘Highway’

On the Highway! Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali on location- shooting for Ali's next film, 'Highway'The journey of Highway has been a liberating one, not only for the actors but for director Imtiaz Ali as well, who took off with the cast and crew with a raw script in hand.

The ace director filled in the dialogues, as their journey progressed.

“In order to keep it raw, I shot the film in a chronological manner. This also helped in character progression,” said Imtiaz Ali. He chose to shoot along the Highways of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The director followed the same sequence in the film, as well. As Imtiaz followed his instincts, the journey unfolded with the characters evolving naturally.

However, shooting it this way presented difficulties. “We used a lot of natural light, so we had to depend on the sun a lot. There were days when it was cloudy and we couldn’t do much.”

Armed with a skeletal script, the cast and crew travelled through six north Indian states and 15 towns and cities. The film stars Randeep Hooda and Alia in lead roles.

Highway, produced by Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures. The music of the film has been composed by A.R. Rahman.

Highway will release in UK cinemas on 21st February, 2014.

Watch Maahi Ve from the film here:

Meet Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz Ali in London

Disney UTV is giving fans a chance to meet actress Alia Bhatt and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali in London on 14th February 2014.

The actress and the director of Disney UTV’s Highway, will make an appearance at Cineworld Feltham, west-London to promote the film, releasing in UK cinemas on 21st February.

Fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet the star and director of Highway at UK’s biggest Bollywood hot spot, Cineworld Feltham from 19:00 on Friday, 14th February. 

Highway is produced by Sajid Nadiawala and also stars Randeep Hooda.

Watch the trailer of Highway here:

‘Highway’ soundtrack released

Imtiaz Ali,  Alia Bhatt and A R Rahman at a song recording for HighwayAfter creating waves on all platforms, the soundtrack of Imtiaz Ali’s new film Highway, composed by A R Rahman with lyrics by Irshad Kamil, is now available for digital download. The film, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda as they take the road across six states of India.

The Highway original motion picture soundtrack has nine tracks.

Patakha Guddi, sung by the Nooran sisters- Jyoti and Sultana, is a Punjabi song celebrating the wild spirit of Alia’s character Veera. The male version of Patakha Guddi has been sung by Rahman himself which moves from Sufi tones to a hard rock number.

Rahman also sings Maahi Ve which is a ballad picturised on Alia and Randeep as they go through this journey together.

Alia takes the microphone singing the lilting lullaby Sooha Saaha where she is joined by Zeb Bangash from the popular duo musicians Zeb and Haniya. Haniya plays the ukulele in the song.

Kahaan Hoon Main has been sung by Jonita Gandhi and is a soulful song of self-discovery.

Wanna Mash Up? written by Kash and Krissy and sung by Kash, Krissy and Suvi Suresh is a surprise – a groovy western dance number all in English with rap and reggae.

Implosive Silence is a musical piece which tries to capture the sounds in Alia’s character Veera’s head as she travels on the Highway. It has vocals by Jonita Gandhi.

The opening refrain of Tu Kuja is from the famous Persian phrase but thereafter it is a pure Hindi song inspired by the Amir Khusro song ‘Kirpa karo Maharaj‘ in praise of Moinuddin Chisti. The track is beautifully sung by Sunidhi Chauhan.

Heera sung by Shweta Pandit are traditional couplets by Sant Kabir.

According to Imtiaz, “We have played on melody and simplicity – trying to get right the balance between lyrics and music.”

“Really enjoyed working with Imtiaz and his team again …May God bless us with love and success!” adds the maestro A R Rahman.

Click on the image to download the soundtrack:

Highway will release in UK cinemas on 21st February, 2014 through Disney UTV.

 

Alia Bhatt sings for ‘Highway’

Imtiaz Ali,  Alia Bhatt and A R Rahman at a song recording for Highway

She’s not only the film’s leading lady but Alia Bhatt has sung one of the songs in Imtiaz Ali’s soon to release film, Highway. The music of the film has been composed by the maestro A.R. Rahman and he’s got Alia to sing a very soulful lullaby, Sooha Saha. Zeb Bangash, of the famous Pakistani duo Zeb & Haniya, shares vocals with Alia in the song.

In the film Veera (Alia’s character) and Mahabir (played by Randeep) take the road and traverse through six states of northern India. As the journey moves from the plains of Panjab to the hills of Himachal, Veera sings this lullaby, which reminds Mahabir of his childhood. Both Imtiaz and Rahman agreed that if Alia sang a stanza herself, it would add more poignance to the scene.

“We have this lullaby, Sooha Saha in Highway..Imtiaz said Alia has a great voice and I didn’t trust him.Then she learned the song and sang to me and I was pretty impressed with her natural ability too. We guided her a little bit to perfect the singing. She did it twice and then we got it almost right and now it sounds great,” says A.R. Rahman

An excited Alia Bhatt adds, “It was unreal.. I am a bathroom singer but to have the opportunity to sing a song composed by Rahman sir was unbelievable.. This film is so close to my heart not just for acting but for singing too now! “

Highway, produced by Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures. The music of the film will be available on T-Series.


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will release in UK cinemas on 21st February, 2014.

 

‘Patakha Guddi’ from ‘Highway’ by A.R. Rahman released

The first song of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, Patakha Guddi, has been released by Disney UTV and T-series.

The music of the film has been composed by Oscar-award winning music composer A.R. Rahman and ever since the film’s trailer came out, all eyes and ears have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the soundtrack.

Patakha Guddi, written by Irshad Kamil and sung by the Nooran sisters from Panjab, is picturised on Highway’s leading lady, Alia Bhatt, who plays the role of Veera in the film. As she traverses through the roads of northern India, Veera gradually comes into her own and lets loose. Patakha Guddi celebrates her free spirit.

Alia Bhatt shooting for Highway in Ferozpur,  PunjabSays Imtiaz: “Patakha Guddi is about freedom. It is also about purity and wildness. Who better than the wild children of Panjabi music – Sultana and Jyoti Nooran – to sing the track? After Rockstar, it was great to collaborate with Rahman Sir again and we have tried to keep the Highway album melodious, simple and heartfelt.”

Adds lyricist Irshad Kamil: “Patakha Guddi gives the fragrance of Punjab with its piousness and free spirit. The lyrics take the flight according to the growth of Veera’s (Alia) character in the film. The song has raw energy in its composition, singing and even in the choice of words.”

Highway, produced by Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be released worldwide and in UK cinemas by UTV Motion Pictures on 21st February 2014.

The music of the film will be available on T-Series.

‘Highway Diaries’…of landslides on the way to Tabo

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Films capture journeys but in Imtiaz Ali’s much-awaited Highway, the journey has made the film.

Presented by Sajid Nadiadwala and starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, the film traverses six states of north India and captures the landscape of the different regions as it goes along.

Highway Diaries are short video snippets that capture the journey of the film and all the exciting experiences that the cast and crew had during its making.

In the latest episode of Highway Diaries, the crew of the film is seen driving through the narrow and perilous roads of the Himachal with continuous landslides, on their way to Tabo. Suddenly a big stone falls from the mountains and smashes the wind screen of one of their cars, forcing them to stop and wait for the machines to clear the road.

The dangers of the road are overshadowed by the stunning panorama that these higher reaches of Himachal offers. The video diary ends with Alia Bhatt delivering her lines that rightly describe the breathtaking location, “Tumne kabhi bataya nahi ki duniya aisi bhi hai, unbelievable!”

Watch this episode of Highway Diaries here:

Highway will release in UK cinemas through Disney UTV on 21st February 2014.

A little more salt for Alia

Alia Bhatt Shooting for   Highway at Aru Valley, Kashmir, 12-05-2013Shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s Highway has taken Alia Bhatt to several places in north India, be it Kashmir or Punjab.

Rajasthan also plays an important role in the film. One of the places the film’s crew set up, their shoot was a salt factory in Sambhar (Jaipur).

Born and brought up in a city like Mumbai, the world of Sambhar, where anything and everything has over a pinch of salt, was a revelation for Alia.

Highway took me to all these amazing places that I probably wouldn’t have ever seen otherwise. Sambhar, the salt factory was the most beautiful and the weirdest experience for me. I celebrated my birthday there as well… in many ways, I think it was here that I truly started feeling like Veera (her character in the film),” says Alia.

Highway releases in UK cinemas through Disney UTV on 21st February 2014. 

Watch: ‘Highway’ Theatrical Trailer

The trailer of Imtiaz Ali’s much-awaited new release Highway was launched today at a multiplex in Mumbai. The film, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, is a road journey traversing six states of north India and stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda in the lead. The film’s music has been composed by the maestro A.R. Rahman.

Highway has been produced by Imtiaz Ali’s production house, Window Seat Films and is its first production.

Imtiaz says, “Highway was made on the road, on the go. It needed more care. Luckily I had the best people in the team. And the movie has changed us all a bit.”

Sajid Nadiadwala adds, “Presenting a film like Highway is a matter of honour for me. The film was mounted and executed in a very short time and I am so happy with the way it has turned out. Imtiaz’s craft and Rahman’s music have come together like always to create the magic that they are known for. Now with the trailer out, we are waiting for the world to join us on this special journey.” 

Highway will release in UK cinemas on February 21st, 2014.

Highway Diaries bring alive the folk music of the ‘Highway’

Alia Bhatt Shooting for Highway at Aru Valley, Kashmir,   12-05-2013

The film Highway, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, was shot on real locations across 6 north Indian states.

What is interesting is that director Imtiaz Ali has incorporated the folk music that is typically heard while one is on such highway trips, in the film.

As you see in this Highway Diary, the crew shot with the local ‘Manganiyar’ folk singers in Bikaner- Sawan Khan & his group.

A ‘pahadi gojari’ folk song sung by a local artist, Begum Jaan, was similarly recorded in Kashmir and will be heard in the film too. It will be seen in one of the Highway diaries coming soon.

Disney UTV will release Highway in UK cinemas.

 

Disney UTV to release ‘Highway’

Sajid Nadiadwala ties up with Disney UTV for Highway’s worldwide release

On the Highway! Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali on location- shooting for Ali's next film, 'Highway'Sajid Nadiadwala and Imtiaz Ali have joined hands with UTV Motion Pictures for the worldwide distribution and satellite rights of their much-awaited film, Highway, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda with music by A.R. Rahman.

Says Sajid, “The film is looking great and I want to give Highway the release it deserves. We’ve tied up with the UTV team who share our vision to ensure that the film reaches deep and wide in India and across international markets. Also strategically, we have now decided to release the film on February 21, 2014 and consequently our other film Heropanti will now release on 16th May, 2014.”

“I am very pleased to join hands with friends to take Highway to its audience and am very confident about my partners,” says Imtiaz.

All roads now lead to 21st February 2014, which is the new arrival date for Highway and 16th May 2014 for the release of Tiger Shroff’s debut film, Heropanti.

 

Sajid Nadiawala armed with a power-packed team

Sajid NadiwalaWith multiple films on floors, out of which one is Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut film Kick, he is surely on a run.

However, Sajid is making sure that all his energies are focused on his directorial debut and he doesn’t have to interfere with the functioning of his teams in charge of managing the formalities and logistical procedure of shooting his various films across multiple continents.

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, an untitled film starring Saif Ali Khan and directed by Kabir Khan is being shot in Beirut, Boston, London and many other locations.

Another untitled film, a Ranbir Kapoor starrer directed by Imtiaz Ali is being shot far away in the European lands.

The Salman Khan starrer ‘Kick’ which is going to release on Eid, next year, is currently being shot in London and has completed a short schedule in Glasgow. With so many of his films being shot across the globe, one can’t help but wonder how Sajid is juggling between them. When asked, he gives all the credit to his power-packed team.

“I am blessed to have such teams.I trust their efficiency so much that if any one of them takes on a project, I know it will be done perfectly. It’s a given,” said Sajid.

Presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, Imtiaz Ali’s directorial venture, ‘Highway’ is at the post-production stage and so is ‘2 States’ – which is being co-produced by Karan Johar.

Heropanti’, which marks the debut of Tiger Shroff and Kirti Sanon, is in the production stage and is slated to release on the 21st of February.

“We have had a charmed journey” – Imtiaz Ali

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz Ali Shooting for Highway at Aru Valley, Kashmir, 12-05-2013The shoot for Imtiaz Ali’s film ‘Highway‘, starring 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, 2013.

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 the ‘Highway‘. Yet the passion and commitment were such that the shoot was completed well within time.

“The shooting of Highway was fast and furious and the completion of shooting was an emotional event for the unit. We have shot this film at unusual places, we have had to support and help each other very often to get by because many places were too remote to have facilities. Highway united all of us. We have had a charmed journey. We hope the audience has the same.”, said Imtiaz

Says Alia, “The experience of shooting for Highway was intense and extremely fulfilling..if I start talking about the film I won’t stop, so I’d rather save my emotions for myself to know.”

For Sajid Nadiadwala, 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.”

With Imtiaz’s magic and A.R. Rahman’s amazing music, ‘Highway‘ will be one film to watch out for this December!”

Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’ routes back to TV

Imtiaz Ali explaining a shot to Alia, Gurgaon  Imtiaz Ali’s Highway is all set to release on 13th of December, 2013, but not many people know that he had directed an episode of the same name, which aired on a TV channel in the early 2000s.

“I had made Highway on Rishtey on Zee TV. It was a forty five minute slot. The episode was well received but i felt that the story had a lot more to say. It had power and magnificence which i could not do justice to. More than a decade later the story was still with me and I was still desperate to go into it. So this time I jumped in,” said Imtiaz.

“It is a story of two opposite people united by fate. I had wanted Highway to be my first film. I am very glad that it did not happen that time. I think I understand the story much better now,” he added