Oh dear. A music band of prisoners within a few weeks? Only this time it has a high-profile actor at the helm. But, Farhan Akhtar and rock band also seem to be repetitive now.
Thematically though, it doesn't seem like Lucknow Central is a issue-based film nor is the band at the heart from what it looks like. It seems to revolve around the concept of freedom from a jail. So, we will see a little bit of it all – music, the state of affairs in a jail, prison escape. Wonder if it will all come together to make for a solid, engaging watch.
Lucknow Central releases on 15 September, 2017.
Milliblog - "consistently enjoyable"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Lucknow Central keeps you more or less engaged with its performances and pulsating ambiance of thrill. But if you disconnect, you might even squeeze in a snooze because of its slack pace.
Lucknow Central seems like yet another “prison” film.
Wrongly imprisoned protagonist, crushed aspirations, vicious inmate who wants to show his power, even more intimidating jailer who is out to get the protagonist, a wish to escape it all, a sympathising well-wisher – the usual tropes of a “prison” film are all present in Lucknow Central. What you are looking forward to then is something different in what links these predictable aspects together.
While the first half is full of what you would expect, the only variety from other “prison” films is the intensity and type of torture of fist-fights between inmates. The second half brings in some edge-of-the-seat moments leading to one of the two possible climaxes, making the end largely predictable.
That leaves you with the performances. Surprisingly, you aren't able to shrug off the feeling that Kishan, the lead character is Farhan Akhtar. Only well into the second half, are a couple of scenes he blends into the milieu. In fact, it is the side character who make the atmosphere believable. Even though Ronit Roy's characters are almost always bad news, as the jailer of Lucknow Central, he sends a chill down the spine every time he appears on screen. His stand-offs against Ravi Kishan are entertaining and yet seem real.
Other than a couple of those and a few moments of thrill though, Lucknow Central seems like yet another “prison” film. In fact, the story is quite similar to the other one a few weeks ago, Qaidi Band Review. Thankfully it loses the tone of propaganda. Yet, it stays only moderately engaging.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...ucknow Central 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. ... full review
Thumbs up, Gulf News : ...It looks so unrehearsed, so spontaneous.... just like the film where the characters probably existed long before the writer and director thought about them. We just didn’t know or care.... full review
Thumbs up, by Satish Sundareshan, koimoi : ...For all those who have not seen Qaidi Band, we are sure that you will take an instant liking for Lucknow Central for its innovative script and screenplay. The movie will work, but, only if the word of mouth publicity is extremely strong. Still, the film is recommended by us purely for its innovative script and stellar performances by the lead actors.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...The film seems to drag on for about 15 minutes longer than it should have. But given its theme, 'doing time' should be something that extends beyond the screen, right? ... full review
Thumbs up, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Farhan Akhtar is cast as a singer yet again after the Rock On!!! movies, but he doesn’t sing in his hoarse voice this time, which works very well for the actor-director as well as debutant filmmaker Ranjit Tiwari.... full review
Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...It looks so unrehearsed so spontaneous....just like the film where the characters probably existed long before the writer and director thought about them. We just didn't know or care.... full review
Thumbs up, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...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. ... full review
So-So, by Udita Jhunnjhunwala, FirstPost : ...Tiwari’s handling of the jail scenes are commendable even if the climax is a little contrived. 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.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Lucknow Central fails to utilise its resources, especially Diana Penty, and loses out on a chance to become a really engaging film. Like Prison Break, it never reaps the benefits of a promising start.... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Lucknow Central is working with ideas that have been seen in films for ages. Prison break movies are nothing new but to give it a different twist and make it watchable for the Hindi audience takes a lot of innovation. And unfortunately, the makers of Lucknow Central come up short. That’s not to say it doesn’t work. There are quite a few sequences which require a lot of sync and they work on screen too. Eventually, Lucknow Central works in bits and spurts. It can make for a decent one time watch.... full review
So-So, by Sonil Dedhia, MiD DAY : ...However, the film has its share of follies when the second half kicks off. The music could have been played a vital role in the film, but fails. A sloppy climax ends this sweet experience on a bitter note, turning out to be that unpalatable dessert that ruins a delectable experience. Yet, the plusses in Lucknow Central outnumber the weaknesses. It surely deserves a dekho.... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Central would have been a much better film. Also, considering that the film revolves around a prison band, the makers could have come up with better songs and music. Nevertheless, 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…... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...But you watch as they do and see the dream come true. They are a band in the true sense of the word. Unlike the recently released Qaidi Band, this film is grittier and thankfully fewer songs. The young heroine was the saving grace in Qaidi Band, but here, the band members are great characters. Each vicious and yet vulnerable.... full review
So-So, by K K Rai Reena, STARDUST : ...Farhan Akhtar misses the target this time with Lucknow Central and you will better do with some other mode of entertainment. The movie lacks in entertainment value and will find it difficult to survive at the box office.... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...But despite the flaws, I enjoyed ‘Lucknow Central’. In this nauseating Bollywood milieu of romances and revenge sagas, this one makes an honest attempt to break the monotony.... full review
Thumbs down, by Tushar P Joshi, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, 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. As a result, it’s bound to struggle at the box office.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vikash Mehar, Desi Martini : ...so boring movie , story is not strong I think poster boys than........ sorry but story is so boring & next movie best of luck farhaan sir ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...There’s also barely any time or effort put in to make the transformation believable. Instead, there’s music to set the tempo and transformation of totally untalented non-performers becoming proficient singer-performers, takes the cake. It’s neither believable nor forgivable. Kahvaan Kahvaan may drum up the tempo towards the end but the run towards it is paved with dust and smoke. There are no solid grounds for believability here.... full review
Thumbs down, by IANS, Free Press Journal : ...It looks so unrehearsed so spontaneous….just like the film where the characters probably existed long before the writer and director thought about them. We just didn’t know or care.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Varma, Glamsham.com : ...Ironically, the proposed on screen tribute to the Healing Hearts Band a band formed by prison inmates in the Adarsh Karagar on the outskirts of Lucknow, LUCKNOW CENTRAL was suppose to give a better justice to their story and musical glory but it's our bad luck. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...A better title for Lucknow Central might have been Boredom Central. At nearly 2 hours and 30 minutes, it’s far too long and far too dull to inspire any other response. I’m going with a generous two out of five.... full review
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thechoyal: Lucknow Central is awesome...grtt movie after long time... Kudos to @FarOutAkhtar and team
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sagarguptadelhi: Lucknow Central Review: This Prison Break Drama Starring Farhan Akhtar Is An Entertaining Watch
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Mk142013: Excellent work of Farhan in Lucknow Central. Good Luck
mandipdosanjh: Just watched Lucknow Central. Great acting from our very own @igippygrewal the futures bright.
KhanAhmadIrfan: #RockOn2 n 1 star @FarOutAkhtar deserves a National Award for Lucknow Central Jail. -bd/.
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hardik_raut: Lucknow Central what an amazing movie and great job by @FarOutAkhtar @DianaPenty @RonitBoseRoy and team..just loved it
Gyanban: Now we never expected intensity like Papillion but Lucknow Central had its moments.
gautam_parija: Lucknow Central- a must see film. Do see it
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888riki: saw simran and lucknow central fantastic movies both ....loved kangana's acting can't say the same about her barbs...farhaan is good.
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1424Raj: Just saw #Lucknow central in Hyderabad, It is fantastic congratulations @FarOutAkhtar @DianaPenty
viranchdamani: Lucknow Central has been watched and although its noweher near what Sawshank Redemption was, its still a good one time watch.
commentatorship: Lucknow Central works in parts but overstays its welcome. A little editing, especially the jail rivalry bit could have helped. #MovieReview
shaileshgam: Lucknow central despite having one of best supporting cast over years failing to succeed only coz of its weak lead hero - lead matters
rramanbhl82: 3rd class movie Lucknow Central
reyazkhan_rs: Lucknow central totally a disaster movie of the yr my 180 rupees will be lost today plz don't watch i requested to u waste of time waste rps
rachit0404: Lucknow central = 1/2 Rockon + 1/8 Shawshank redemption + Remaining is some poor scripting and direction
anshuMor: ‘Lucknow Central’ Review: Farhan's aim is to get out and so is the audience's.
AmitkumarSrkian: Lucknow Central is the second worst movie of year after Imitiaz's mega-debacle JHMS.
AficionadoYash: 'Lucknow Central' review: Predictable script overshadows Farhan Akhtar's performance
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