Navdeep Singh’s NH10 is a well made addition to the long line of Deadly Road Trip movies. And as such, take any claims of this film bearing similarities with Hollywood films with a grain of salt. After all for their to be a genre of Deadly Road Trip movies, all films in that genre must have certain things in common. That’s not to say this isn’t derivative, just don’t jump to conclusions.
After a particularly harrowing ordeal in Delhi one night, Meera (Anushka Sharma) and her husband Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) decide to take a break and spend her upcoming birthday at a private villa. Of course, they decide to make it a road trip – a road trip that takes them through the less enlightened parts of the country (it’s the film’s opinion not mine).
In true thriller/slasher movie fashion they get involved in things beyond their control. With no one to help them and her husband criticaly injured, it’s up to Meera to get them to safety.
A plot like that is pretty predictable and, this one doesn’t try to make a big deal out of it either. There are only three ways in which movies like these end. And this one goes with the one that gives the audience the maximum catharsis.
That’s not to say that the film isn’t fun to watch. Before it settles us into a comfortable (and predictable) track, it throws some curve balls. The first half of the film does a fantastic job of keeping us at the edge of our seats waiting for the inevitable to happen. There’s some good suspense here.
The film also doesn’t shy away from the brutality of violence. It tries to show as much of it in detail as the great and mighty Censor Board would allow. Of course, the violence isn’t there to make some profound statement about suffering. After all, this isn’t that kind of movie. It’s there to sell you the stakes. The violence at the beginning shows us what’s in store for our hero if she doesn’t make it.
Oh, and Anushka Sharma is definitely the hero. Everyone gives a competent perfomance in the film and, while there’s none to write home about, this is most certainly Anushka Sharma’s movie. She’s the one that carries the whole thing. Makes me more excited for Bomba- er Mumbai Velvet.
All in all it’s a good film.