Watched ‘Highway’ this morning. Here’s what I thought. Spoilers Possible.
1. I hope those who watch the movie notice that it challenges the myth that locking up women inside their homes keeps them safe. 98% of Indian rape victims know their attacker.
2. The movie shows how harmful silencing of the victims of sexual crimes can be – including how it can traumatize a victim for life.
3. Don’t miss how the sexual criminal(s) in the movie benefit from the idea of honor/dishonor (partly because it silences of the traumatized survivor(s) and their loved ones).
4. It also shows that sexual crimes against women and children have little to do with the economic, social or educational status of the abusers. It’s more about the criminals knowing they get away with it.
5. Please note: The way they panic when they learn who they had kidnapped shows that the fear of consequences goes a long way in helping control all crimes including sexual assaults. (Not sure if the movie intended to show this)
6. Shows what I have always held, that men too are traumatized by sexual crimes against women and children. And their trauma too can last a lifetime.
After Milkha Singh, we have another sensitive movie where a young boy is affected by watching a woman he loves being subjected to sexual abuse.
7. I also think it’s
okay awesome to take one’s not-so-sensible dreams seriously – because who decides what are ‘sensible dreams’?
9. Yet another Indian movie showing a woman wanting something other than getting and staying married.
10. Shows men having feelings.
11. A R Rahman’s music.