NH 10

The title refers to the National Highway that the young couple travel on. Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (newcomer) take some time out from their crazy hectic urban lives to celebrate Meera’s birthday.

En route, at a pit stop, an awkward skirmish with a local goon lands the couple into deep trouble and thus begins the descent into madness in the Haryana desert as the killers are hunted and the hunted become killers.

An extremely gripping and taut thriller, NH 10 is an engrossing watch purely for Sharma’s insightful acting. She carries the entire movie on her shoulders and I am a fan of hers now. Check out her expressions when she thinks she’s made the getaway and then suddenly the car is overturned. Also check out her expressions with the scary conversation she has with the policeman who is “helping her.”

Some may say the movie is copied from The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn or Wolf Creek which is fine, but I can tell you that NH 10 can hold it’s own against these inspired movies.

The young urban couple pitted against the backwards locals in the village, the arguments, the local policeman, the village chief are all credible characters which lends to a realistic watch. Beware though of the violence and gore, of which there is some, that can make for an uneasy watch at times.

An edge of your seat thriller that will captivate you and knock you senseless and makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation.

4 out of 5
PS This is not a Bollywood masala movie and so it will not be everyone’s cup of tea! smile emoticon

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