Movie Review: Lucknow Central (2017)

Box Office: Flop

Lucknow-Central-posters-2Kishen 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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Outstanding study Of imprisonment and freedom.”
3.5 “Considering the film revolves around music, Rangdaari is a beautiful composition that sums up this fascinating tale of dreamers and fighters, who refuse to give up on life or faith.”
Times Of India
3.0 “The film doesn’t get too preachy and director Ranjit Tiwari deserves a pat on his back for making his debut with a sensible and yet entertaining film”
3.0 “Farhan Akhtar & His Band Of Boys Keep The Thrill Alive!”
3.0 “The film is recommended by us purely for its innovative script and stellar performances by the lead actors.”
3.0 “Riveting tale with an interesting premise.”
Deccan Chronicle
3.0 “It surely deserves a dekho..”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Farhan & Co power prison drama”
2.5 “It’s heart was in the right place but everything else wasn’t”
2.5 “Farhan Akhtar’s jail break film lacks the sense of urgency”
2.5 “Lucknow Central packs some interesting performances, especially from the supporting cast.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Starring Farhan Akhtar, this film has a predictably schmaltzy story that takes forever to unfold”
Anupama Chopra
2.0 “LUCKNOW CENTRAL is a poor show all the way. The weak script, lack of entertainment value and long run time of the film will work against it”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “LUCKNOW CENTRAL led by Farhan Akhtar and his band of bandis (prisoners) the proposed tribute to The Healing Hearts Band has nothing much to hum about.”
2.0 “Farhan Akhtar’s prison break flick is a bumpy ride made endurable by supporting cast”
2.0 “The story of great escape of five prisoners from Lucknow Central jail is a decent watch because of the supporting cast.”
2.0 “This Farhan Akhtar film is just a tad better than the juvenile Qaidi Band”

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