Lucknow Central Movie Review: An Inspiring Tale of Prison Mates.


Lucknow Central will be releasing tomorrow with another film which stars Kangna Ranaut ” Simran “. And past few weeks have seen a heavy number of releases so Lucknow Central will not only be competing with Simran, But also Daddy, Poster boys, Patel Ki Punjabi Shadi, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, IT and a few more. So can Lucknow Central take on this competition and stand out to be a Box office Spinner. Let’s try to understand it from Movie Review of Lucknow Central.


Kishen Mohan Girhotra (Farhan Akhtar) is a young and aspiring Singer 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. Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty), a diligent NGO worker, 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.


It can be summed up in one line. Ranjit Tiwary is debuting with Lucknow Central but even for a moment, you will not get an impression that it is directed by a new guy on the block. Not only Ranjit delivers a gripping tale filled with Human Emotions, Hopes, rightly placed songs and extracts the right emotions from the entire casts.

In his very first film, he comes across as a seasoned Director.


Farhan Akhtar never disappoints, but this time as an audience you will have sympathy for his character and you can’t help but get inspired by the how witty this character is, and Farhan Excels this time too. This role will multiply his Fan base across all centers.

Diana Penty does well and a special kudos to her for choosing different films and doing complete justice to them. Even in Lucknow Central she plays an unconventional Bollywood heroine and passes with flying colors.

Ronit Roy is good as usual as a menacing cop and in his introduction scene you will see some variety.

Deepak Dobriyal is good and completely portrays the character given, Gippy Grewal has done a good job and you would love his character too, Inaamulhaq shines and helps the complete prison mate’s cast to rise a notch above, while Mr. Rajesh Sharma is given a very strong character and he not only does justice to his role but also provides a lot more variety to the role.

Overall you can’t find an actor who is out of place or who has not done justice to the role that he was given.


The overall film is crisp, but yes it could be 10 minutes shorter and needed some crisp editing in the Pre Climax scenes.


Music might not be a chartbuster, but none of the songs are force fitted and they flow with the narrative. It rarely happens in Bollywood movies that songs are nothing but part of the narrative. You can’t help but fall in love with Rangdaar and Kahwaan Kahwaan, while Kabootar is Adorable.


Lucknow Central is a movie with a lot of truth about how simple lives can be extra ordinary. The movie comes with no boring portions, however, the appeal is limited due to the treatment and cast of the film. The film should have a good run at multiplexes while Single Screens might be disappointing for the Movie.

The movie could be a little tighter and Pre Climax Portions Could be better. But this one surely deserves a watch.

Final Rating 3/5


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