Anand Devarakonda is coming to entertain movie lovers with a thriller titled Highway. The film directed by KV.Guhan is streaming on Aha OTT from August 19,2022. Let us see what Anand Devarakonda offered to movie lovers with Highway.
The story is all about a psycho killer running loose on the highway and how cops try to save the people from him. Police Officer Asha Bharat (Siami Kher) takes up charge to nab the psycho killer D aka Das (Abhishek Bannerjee) as he wreaks fear among people by brutally killing women. Asha Bharat alerts all the people to be vigilant as she goes out to hunt him down.
Whether Asha is successful in her attempt and how photographer Vishnu (Anand Devarakondaa) and innocent girl Tulasi (Manasa Radhakrishna) got affected and what is the relation between them form the thrills of Highway.
Artists, Technicians Review
The story of Highway is all about a psycho thriller and KV. Guhan tried to showcase the new avatar of Anand Devarakonda and pit him against the talented actor Abhishek Bannerjee. The idea of Guhan is right as he planned to show Anand Devarakonda in a different role. But there ends Guhan's tryst with creativity. The title Highway generated interest but he failed to generate the same interest with his story, screenplay, and direction.
Guhan's story turned out to be routine and predictable to the core. The film lacked the twists and turns to thrill the viewers. Even the two hours duration looked unending with insipid screenplay and direction. To top of it, even the performances of the actors and the technicians barring a few, turned out to be a disappointment.
Anand Devarakonda tried his best to take the film to next level with his performances but failed in his attempt. He failed to make the right impact on the viewers. Manasa Radhakrishnan came up with a singular expression to show fear and she did not get much opportunity to showcase her talent. Siami Kher is ok in her role as a cop but she did not look at ease while performing. Abhishek Bannerjee is known for his exceptional acting skills in Bollywood and serials but failed to recreate the same magic in his Tollywood debut project.
Simon King with his background music elevated the scenes to some extent. KV.Guhan's cinematography is good as it depicted the scenes in a natural manner. Tammiraju's editing left a lot to be desired. There are many unwanted scenes in the film but he couldn't be faulted as the entire story turned out to be weak. Dialogues penned by Sai Kiran and Mirchi Kiran are just average. Production values are ok.
Missing twists and turns
Guhan's Highway lacked novelty in the story and the screenplay. Everything turned out to be silly and the romantic angle is not highlighted properly so that viewers get connected emotionally. Overall the film failed to connect chords with the viewers. Considering all these aspects, Cinejosh goes with a 1 rating for Highway.