• Lucknow Central

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    Summary

    Kishen Mohan Girhotra (Farhan Akhtar) is a young man who belongs to Moradabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh. One fateful day, Kishen gets accused of murder which lands him in Lucknow Central Jail where he’s awaiting his High Court trial for a death penalty. Meanwhile, a diligent NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty), is compelled to form a Band of Prisoners for the band competition which is to be held in the dreaded jail of ‘Lucknow Central’ that year and this is how Kishen’s and her paths cross. Kishen befriends four other inmates, namely Dikkat Ansari, Victor Chattopahdyay, Purushottam Pandit, Parminder Trehan and convinces them to join the band. The dramatic narrative of Lucknow Central portrays how Kishen’s life progresses in jail and how music becomes an intricate part of not only his journey, but the rest of the band’s as well.

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Critic reviews and ratings

  • What essentially works for LC is its classic 'winning against all odds' theme.

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  • ...delivers a gripping, tense and tightly-assembled watch.

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  • ...will make you laugh and cry, and will leave you with memories that last long after the film concludes.

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  • ...manages to make well-trodden material seem far more interesting than it actually is. Despite its unwieldy length and unconvincing climax, the movie is far superior to the similarly themed August 25 release Qaidi Band, with better developed characters, a better narrative and score and welcome humour.

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  • And while this jailhouse rock-on see-saws between musical drama and message movie, its origins in a true story (about a real life prison band called Healing Hearts) and it’s notation on the merits of reformation give it soul.

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  • ...is a riveting tale of prisoners with an interesting premise and some sparkling performances but similarities with Qaidi Band will surely affect the film in every possible way.

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  • Writer Aseem Arora's low-hanging ambitions and straightforward conflict between negotiators of harm and reform renders Lucknow Central a surprising watchability.

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  • ...fails to utilise its resources, especially Diana Penty, and loses out on a chance to become a really engaging film.

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  • ...had the potential to become an entertaining film with its realistic premise and eclectic ensemble, but thanks to a weak plot and incoherent direction it fails to connect with you on several levels.

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  • We know cause based films are the norm right now and maybe the idea behind the film was prison reform. It’s heart was in the right place but everything else wasn’t...

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  • Engages on and off while you're in the theater. Nothing memorable for later.

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  • Despite the generic plotting, Lucknow Central is watchable.

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  • The weak script, lack of entertainment value and long run time of the film will work against it.

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  • On paper this looks like a thrilling musical but the glaring loopholes and lack of characterization make Lucknow Central an indigestible and unconvincing jail escape adventure.

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  • The empathy quotient is greater than the implausible liberties taken in the script. A decent watch.

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  • Any good escape film requires detailed plotting, however, and Lucknow Central is frequently stupid.

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  • But more than anything else, it is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling. When it is not that, then we find our fine conspirators being much too dramatic.

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  • ...is too laboured to be loved.

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  • It’s all by-the-numbers storytelling, particularly the big escape plan and the way it unfolds. There is literally no surprise, no unpredictability in how things go down.

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