You need guts to watch Anushka's NH10!
By Supriya Nair
Cast- Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam
Director - Navdeep Singh
NH10 tells the story of an urban couple, Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) who decide to go away on a road trip for the weekend. However their journey goes awry when they run into local criminals.
And I mean actually running into them on purpose!
Meera and Arjun happen to chance upon another couple getting battered by a bunch of goons, a case of honour killing. Being the good samaritan, Arjun tries to stop them from manhandling the girl. While he gets slapped on the face for intervening, still in shock, he gets back on the road.
They soon see the goons again and this time Arjun tries to 'scare them' underestimating their strength. Now this is the point in the film where you think to yourself, who in their right mind would get embroiled in such a mess. From there follows the chase and the cat and mouse game.
Set against the village backdrop of Gurgaon and Haryana, Navdeep Singh keeps it simple, clean (no pun intended) and believable.
While Anushka and Neil's chemistry is effortless, one can't help but cringe at her lip job-gone-wrong every time the camera pans on her face.
With silence as its background score, NH10 is more of horrifying than thrilling. The first half is a nail biter, with several scenes sending chills down your spine.
There are two instances in the film where Neil leaves Anushka alone in the car and you know for sure that something's going to happen.
Post the interval, Anushka rules the screen with her overwhelming performance.
What's sad yet realistic is that the film focuses on the many social evils of society...all at once;
Honour killing, road rage, caste system, gender bias and so on.
In the light of the brutal gang rape on the Delhi girl, with reference to the documentary, India's daughter, and mindset of the people, NH10 becomes all the more believable.
Watch it if you've got the guts!
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