Verdict: A perfect mix of drama, thrills, and humor.
Kishan Mohan Girhotra (Farhan Akhtar), a happy-go-lucky small-towner, is a passionate singer who hopes of forming his own band. Alas, his dreams are shattered when he’s sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an IAS officer who he got into a brawl with. Though innocent, Girhotra goes to jail as his friend testifies against him. To make matters worse, the family of the dead officer appeals to the High Court to grant Kishan the death penalty. Not wanting to suffer for a crime he didn’t commit, Girhotra decides to use NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty) to his benefit. He agrees to form a band that will participate in an inter-jail competition. While he cares about the music, his only motive is to escape from prison. Joining him in his mission are Parminder Singh Trehan (Gippy Grewal), Victor Chattopadhyay (Deepak Dobriyal), Purushottam Madan Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Dikkat Ansari (Inaamulhaq).
Lucknow Central tries to give the feel of Shawshank Redemption where hope is what keeps the inmates going. The film scores on good music, performances, and plot. Everyone except Kishan is a hardcore criminal, thus leaving you confused – should you root for them when their plans work or cheer for the jailer (played by Ronit Roy), who outsmarts them on almost every occasion? The jailer may be ruthless but he is only doing his job of keeping the prisoners in check. Roy has played such roles earlier and it is surprising how he manages to bring something different to the table each time around. This time, he isn't as menacing as he was in Udaan, but maintains that stern look throughout. We're certain he'll be a strong contender at the next awards season.
Farhan Akhtar steals the show in Lucknow Central with his superlative performance. He plans to focus on acting rather than directing and well, we aren't complaining. Akhtar is largely supported by the other members of his band. Ravi Kishan, who plays the role of an MP, is outrageously funny. He even cracks a signature dialogue, which made the audience clap. Diana Penty is unfortunately left with little to do but thankfully there’s no forced romantic track between Kishan and her character. Seems weird for a Bollywood film, right? Music plays an integral part in the movie and the soundtrack has a bag of mixed tunes. Rangdari by Arijit Singh is a track that will stay with you long after you've left the theatre.
Why You Should Watch The Movie:
Lucknow Central is filled with powerful scenes, one involving a revolt against the bullies, and crisp editing. Watch this one for its great ensemble cast, rousing music, and a few thrills.
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