Release Date: September 15, 2017
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy, Gippy Grewal, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Ravi Kishan
Director: Ranjit Tiwari
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes
There’s a reason why some of us like prison-break movies and just can’t seem to get enough of it. May be the liking stems from our inherent knowledge that the earth is essentially a prison and getting out from it is quite impossible, unless you have worked hard to acquire the resources needed to achieve escape velocity. Life in prison is mostly the same, with the twin possibilities that you either complete your full time there or acquire the resources to break free. Lucknow Central also delves into the lives of people who have been punished for no mistake of their own. The movie sends the message that life is not fair and that you can either keep blaming your destiny or take steps to make changes and set things right.
The movie follows the life of Kishan Girhotra (Farhan), who hails from a small town but aspires to become a top singer. However, his dreams are wasted when he is accused of murdering an IAS officer. He is innocent, but still he gets jailed for a crime he did not commit. However, just as everything seems bleak, he gets support from some of the other prisoners and an NGO worker (Diana Penty). Together, they plan to form a rock band inside the jail and start to pursue their interest in music once again. However, as jail officials soon discover, there is more to their plans than meets the eye. Will Kishan and his group succeed in their plans or will they be condemned to the confines of the prison walls forever?
Lucknow Central works as a feel-good movie, as it has the essential message of winning against all odds. This appeals to the audience and covers up for the faults of the movie. Farhan has done a good job in his role of a small town guy with big ambitions. He has effectively portrayed the usual flaws and strengths that are evident in such a character. Other actors have also delivered good performances.
If you like crime stories, Lucknow Central is just the thing you need. Watch it for its engaging suspense and an evolved climax that will surprise you.