Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Deepak Dobriyal, Gippy Grewal, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Ronit Roy, Ravi Kishen
When your dreams are really close to getting realized, but suddenly fate seems to have a whole different idea for you, plunging you into misfortune… Do you ever know if you will ever come out of that trauma? Would you try to make a life again or would you give up? Through the life of Kishan Girhotra (Farhan Akhtar), we experience the same. He is at the brink of a break-through in his lifelong dream of being a musician. But as he is about the taste the first fruit of success, he gets arrested for murder. The whole film now shifts to the confines of LUCKNOW CENTRAL.
While he should be feeling like the quicksand is closing in on him, he finds a respite in a band they form for Independence Day celebrations. His very own band, with friends who have come together in the times of adversity, and there, comes hope in the form of NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty) Through music and a lil bravado, Kishan along with Parminder Gill (Gippy Grewal), Victor Chattopadhyay (Deepak Dobriyal), Purushottam Madan Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Dikkat Ansari (Inaamulhaq) plan on making an escape… but will it be the same outside? Will they ever be able to go back to living normal lives? With true friends within the confines of the jail, will solitary life outside be worth it? Do they find the answers or does the resistance of Raja Shrivastava (Ronit Roy) leave them imprisoned for life or till death?
The film is based on a true story which makes a lot of difference to the audience’s reaction, simply because it is shocking to think a life could be altered so badly, at someone’s whim. With Farhan Akhtar, Deepak Dobriyal, Gippy Grewal and others, you can be assured that here are a set of actors who will do their homework before setting their foot onto the sets. The actors on this film alone have amounted to two of the three stars the film deserved. Deepak Dobriyal needs an award for this one, his humour is understated and so appropriate that you want to thank the directors for taking him, and making this film more than what it is… but then there are the likes of Diana Penty, whose only effort in the film seemed to be the fact that she went de-glam. Her diction isn’t clear, neither is her conviction. That said, there are many good things about this film, creatively. For instance, the call of making the cinematography (by Tushar Kanti Ray) stark despite the film being a positive one is a good call - tells you there could be something positive even in the times of utmost despair. The friendship between the inmates is built on beautifully, and doesn’t look forced. However for a film coming soooooo close to another jail-house-band film (QAIDI BAND) takes away from the novelty. Even the songs aren’t really phenomenal. For instance, the premise allows for some rather strong, winsome lyrics and yet that is completely overlooked. Remixing a hit song is rather lazy, given Arjunna Harjaie hasn’t done anything path-breaking with ‘Kaavaan Kaavaan’…
Haste is something you sense through the film…. Hear me out, here. Haste hasn’t allowed Aseem Arora enough time with the screenplay,. There are moments which are not coherent despite the simple storyline. And haste has not even let Charu Shree Roy enough time to cut this film short at the editing table. There are many places the pace slackens and totally affects the narrative. However the most unfortunate is the lack of grit that comes with being in a situation with an unfair amount of helplessness, a grit that Nikhil Advani is capable of bringing out (as in D-Day), Ranjit Tiwari didn’t succeed bringing that out with equal gusto - Leaving us with a feeling of it’s nice, but could have been better.