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Imtiaz Ali follows his instincts in 'Highway'

Posted on Feb 07 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 7 : The journey of 'Highway' has been a liberating one, not only for the actors but for director Imtiaz Ali, who took off with the cast and crew with a raw script in hand.

The 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.

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 instinct and, 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," he said.

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 Bhatt in lead roles.

'Highway', produced by Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be released worldwide on Feb 21, by UTV Motion Pictures.

The music of the film has been composed by A.R. Rahman.

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