What is the price one needs to pay for trying to save
someone's life? A few thousands of rupees, a luxurious car or their own life. This
is one of the main reasons why people hesitate to help people in trouble, as they
feel endangered themselves? Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara made us think
that road trips are the best thing to do but Navdeep Singh's NH10 will make you
think twice. Of course both films are
set up in two completely different countries, but ill fate can strike anywhere.
NH10 is story about Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) who are professionals living in Gurgaon. Meera and Arjun plan a
weekend getaway for Meera's birthday. How that day turns into the worst
nightmare of their lives forms the crux of the story.
Anushka Sharma surely
put her money in the right place with NH10. This film is her maiden production
as well as her best performance till date. She portrays the role of Meera in
the film. She plays the central character in it. The way she fights to save the
lives of her husband and herself is nerve wrecking. For a change she has not
played a bubbly Punjabi girl. She proves that when pushed against the wall
anyone will fight back, struggle or even kill if need be. She is very
convincing in her character and looks natural on screen.
Neil Bhoopalam plays the role of Arjun in the film who is
Anushka's husband. He shares very little screen time, but manages to build a
convincing chemistry with Anushka. Neil portrays the desperation to escape
quite well too. All in all he is good in the part he plays in the film.
What comes as a real surprise, apart from Anushka of course
is Darshan Kumar. He was seen as Onler in Mary Kom who was a simple guy. But
the contrasting character he plays in NH10 is worth applauding. He is the bad
guy in the film and by bad I mean evil. The kind devil will fear too. Deepti
Naval too comes in a grey shade in the movie but her plot is kind of
predictable probably because of the placement of her role, which comes towards
the end of the film.
Navdeep Singh does a fantastic job with NH10. Though the
film tends to stretch towards the end, but is tolerable. He definitely saves us
the drama and doesn't throw in random romantic tracks just to eat into the
time. We would love and appreciate to watch movies like this which stick to the
point and doesn't beat around the bush. The movie is an adaptation of an English
film, but those who don't know about it this one would feel completely fresh.
Songs form the background score of the film which is good with the movie but
may not stand a chance as an individual track. Cinematography will give you a
rush and swirl in your belly. Editing is crisp extending the movie a bit more
than two hours.
All in all a good film and definitely worth a watch. This
weekend take the NH10 route!