It is completely predictable, yet it engages you in its narrative. It is that simple ‘Run for the Freedom’ story, where you want the prisoners to win against all odds. Unfortunately, there is no real twist in Lucknow Central.
Farhan lack of expressions and acting seem perfect qualification for the role. However, in company of talented Deepak Dobriyal, Virendra Saxena and Rajesh Sharma his limitation is exposed at multiple levels.
Diana Penty (as Gayatri Kashyap)only in few frames brings the conviction of believing in rehabilitation and helping the prisoners reform, otherwise she remains an unexciting promise. Her character gets hardly any space to grow.
Ravi Kishan (Pawan Singh Chaturvedi) as the young CM does create some movement of real engagement with the audience. His expressions and control is complete in his limited screen space.
There is a segment of four prisoners going on parole to find life has moved on. This section could have been used for high emotional engagement of the audience but is sacrificed to build the foundation of a twist that never comes.
There are few songs, and both ‘Rangdaari’ and ‘Kaavaan Kaavaan’ are good to listen.
‘Lucknow central’ is not a compelet disaster. It does miss few tricks and twist.
You most likley will not regret seeing it. However, it is not a must see.
SPOILER. It is based on a real-life event. Kishan Girhotra’s (Farhan) is a small-town guy dreaming of becoming a singer and have his own band. He dreams on people focusing and chanting his name. However, these remain a dream when he is falsely accused of murdering an IAS officer in Muradabad. He is sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. He wants to get free. To do so is tough from the Lucknow central, a jail controlled by the jailer (Ronit Roy in his umpteenth jailer role) who believes all jailed are criminals. Kishan gets a chance to create a band and to run from the jail. Will he succeed? Will he actually have a band in this jail?
STAR CAST: Farhan Akhtar, Deepak Dobriyal, Inaamulhaq, Diana Penty, Rajesh Sharma, Gippy Grewal, Ronit Roy. Director: Ranjit Tiwari