Lucknow Central Movie Review
Director: Ranjit Tiwari
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Deepak Dobriyal, Gippy Grewal, Ronit Roy, Rajesh Sharma.
Kishen (Farhan Akhtar,), an aspiring singer who only dreams to lead a band of his own, lands in a jail based on false murder accusations. But as fate (read makers) has it, an NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty) is asked to form a band of jail inmates for an upcoming competition. After quite a few troubles, Kishen finds his band members in people with varied temperaments – Dikkat Ansari (Inaamulhaq), Victor Chattopadhyay (Deepak Dobriyal), Pirushottam Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Parminder Trehan (Gippy Grewal). How these non-musically-inclined people find their way to music and how they learn life lessons while planning the big escape is what the film tries to deal with.
Very early in the film, one realizes that the suave Farhan is a misfit for a small-town Kishen. And that no matter how much his eyes speak of hope and despair at the same time, his Kishen remains underwhelming and unconvincing. Diana, as Gayatri, remains unexplored and it’s disappointing for two reasons. First that Diana’s potential as an actor remains untapped and second that while the narrative keeps her character at a high pedestal, her character build-up and screen time fail to render any validation to it.
The supporting cast does a fine job, but again, because the build-up is so weak- you don’t sympathise with their past, connect with their present or root for their future. In fact, it’s only after the interval that Deepak Dobriyal’s and Rajesh Sharma’s characters start interesting you.
For a film to have based itself on the theme of prison boy-band, you’d expect a host of good songs to keep the flow alive. But except for Rangdaari and Meer-e-kaarvan, no other song will stay with you. Apart from the feeble character graphs and faulty screenplay, Lucknow Central also falls flat on its climax so much so that you can sense it miles ahead.