Veera, who grew up in a protected family environment is kidnapped a night before her marriage by Mahabir. A soul hungry for adventure finds solace in the company of her kidnapper. Veera explores a new self with Mahabir and during the journey develops feelings for him. This is a classic example of Stockholm Syndrome.
Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological condition that causes hostages to develop sympathetic sentiments towards their captors, often sharing their opinions and acquiring romantic feelings for them as a survival strategy during captivity.
It is also commonly known as 'Capture-Bonding'. Imtiaz Ali thus with his movie Highway makes his audience not only go on a cinematic road trip but also an emotional one. Veera develops feelings of sympathy towards Mahabir at first which later develops into love.
The movie made the term and the syndrome popular, however, it is not the first time that Bollywood has explored this subject. Does the Abhishek Bachchan - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starer movie Raavan ring a bell?
The movie draws inspiration from Stockholm Syndrome. What must be noted is that the effect of this psychological condition may not necessarily mean "romantic' feelings. Feelings of sympathy for the oppressor is the base of this syndrome.
Picturesque with a deep meaning, no wonder an Imtiaz Ali release makes the wait worth it!
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