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The film presents the story of a young man facing daunting circumstances and how he overcomes them. At its core, Lucknow Central Click to look into! >> Read More... is a movie about fighters and dreamers. It is inspired by the real-life band formed by the inmates of a prison in Lucknow, Healing Hearts.
Kishan Girhotra’s ( Farhan Akhtar One of the most recognized young director of India >> Read More... ) dreams of becoming a musician is squashed, after he is falsely accused of murdering an IAS officer and is charged guilty.
He is sentenced to a life sentence and is imprisoned at the Lucknow Central. He is disheartened but tries to make the best of his time behind bars. He befriends four other inmates and forms a band to compete at an annual event after being urged by an NGO coordinator (Diana Penty).Later we find out that like Shawshank Redemption, his ultimate goal is to break free of the injustices laid upon him.
The movie has the recipe for greatness. It gives us an insight into the prison dynamics, even though it is hardly anything that we have not seen before.Despite being predictable and overly dramatic at times, Lucknow Central manages to capture the audience attention and connects with them at an emotional level. The acting by the cast shines in the movie. The cinematography is seamless, but the editing could have been better as some scenes felt like a drag. The music very powerfully captures the theme of the movie.
Even though Lucknow Central bears quite an uncanny resemblance to Qaidi Band Click to look into! >> Read More... , its execution is far better and is overall more memorable. Ranjit Tiwari captures the aspect of human alienation and friendship beautifully. The compelling back stories of the characters make the audience more involved.
Farhan Akhtar very comfortably carries the film on his shoulders, even though his dialogues sometimes sounded quite odd. Ronit Roy Ronit Roy (Ronit Bose Roy) was born on 11th Octobe >> Read More... as jailer stands out brilliantly. The direction and the music gives a very promising feel to the movie.
1) Brilliant performances by the cast.
2) The entire theme of being resilient in the face of insurmountable situations.
3) The original score gives an edgy feel to the movie.
What’s not there?
1) Diana Penty’s character at times seems very superfluous.
2) Some situations become quite convenient as they pan out, they almost become unrealistic.
3) The movie fails to make any worthwhile statement against the criminal justice system.
The movie is a feel good, break free form prison movie. It could’ve made a strong impact on the audiences as the ingredients were all present.It's without any doubt an entertaining piece though.
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