Farhan Akhtar starrer Lucknow Central hit the theatres yesterday (September 15), and although it had a much wide release (1200 to 1300 screens) when compared to Kangana Ranaut’s Simran, which also released yesterday, Lucknow Central failed to have an impressive opening as it managed to earn only Rs 2.04 crore on first day. This is surprising considering Simran, which had a niche release (not more than in 600 screens) managed to make Rs. 2.77 crore on day one. It’s quite clear that Kangana’s yet another stellar act has emerged as the winner on the first day.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter and said that it’s crucial for Lucknow Central to show growth on Saturday and Sunday. Check out his tweet right here:

Maybe it’s the similarities to last month’s release Qaidi Band that is affecting Lucknow Central as our in-house critic, Smrity Sharma wrote in her 2 star review, “The plot is simple and follows more or less the pattern of last month’s release, Qaidi Band. And that wouldn’t have been a gripe at all if the story of Lucknow Central didn’t have so many loopholes. Kishen’s character is badly written and it fails to make you feel any of the emotions that he’s going through in the course of the film. Throughout the film, you see him struggle to make his dream come true. But what he finally does when given the chance to attain his goal is not addressed at all. Most members of the strong ensemble cast are wasted, especially Ronit Roy. He plays this strict, menacing jailor who keeps on harping about how Lucknow Central Jail, under him, is so disciplined and hard to break. And yet, he does nothing about the impending jail break that he claims to already know about.” ALSO READ: Lucknow Central: Strong Ensemble Cast Fails To Support A Weak Story

Lucknow Central also stars Diana Penty, Gippy Grewal, Deepak Dobriyal and Ronit Roy. It is based on true events as it tells the story of a small town guy, Kishen Mohan Girhotra, who wants to be a singer, but he is accused of a murder and ends up being locked in jail.  There he manages to befriend fellow prisoners and finds an opportunity to form a music band with them and at the same time, they have a game plan to escape from jail.

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