Lucknow Central (2017)
Reader Rating (Rate Here): 3 out of 5
Director: Ranjit Tiwari
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq , Diana Penty
Lucknow Central is a Prison- break movie, which falls short due to unnecessary melodrama. This movie had everything- an exciting script, a main protagonist (Farhan Akhtar) who has acted well, a kickass support cast, very good songs and a mean villain.
Five prisoners attempt a jailbreak under the cover of a music competition being organized by the state. Kishan (Farhan Akhtar) is a Moradabad based music crazy guy who had an aim of creating a band and by an unfortunate turn of events ends up in Lucknow Central awaiting the death penalty. Gayatri (Diana Penty) is an NGO worker, working for Prisoner Welfare and their paths cross when she is tasked with formation of a Band from Lucknow Central. And thus enters the Ronit Roy giving a truly memorable performance as the jailer of Lucknow Central. Ronit Roy remains one of the most underutilized actors of Bollywood despite giving brilliant performances (udaan being one example) and we would like to see more of him in roles with grey shades- he absolutely aces them.
Kishan volunteers and then starts recruiting for the band on the pretext of escaping from the Jail. All the recruits have a specific expertise but none in terms of music. The rest of the band consists of Victor (Deepak Dobriyal), Pandit (Rajesh Sharma), wonderfully named Dikkat (Inaamulhaq) and Pammi (Gippy Grewal) each one playing their roles to the perfection. A special mention to Deepak Dobriyal (who we believe is a very versatile actor) and is the pick of the lot. Slowly and steadily they start learning music and the rest of the movie plot is how they “attempt” to escape the Jail. A scene, where Kishan is able to get parole for the rest of the guys so that they can meet their families, raises an important point: people are sent to prison for reform and yes prisoners do get reformed and when finally the sentence finishes they realize world has changed entirely for them. Even their family is not same and eventually has learnt to live without them. In prison everyone has an identity but outside they are nothing but convicts and the idea that they are now reformed just isn’t accepted by society. As Red from Shawshank Redemption said ”they bring us here for life and that’s exactly what they take from us”. Maybe the society needs to be reformed too along with the prisoners.