Lucknow Central starring Farhan Akhtar and Diana Penty, had an average start at the box office, however, it looks like the film has seen a growth of 38.24 percent on Saturday. The Ranjit Tiwari film might not have had a strong marketing strategy, but it has otherwise received good reviews. It has managed to rake in Rs 2.82 crore on Saturday, making its total collection Rs 4.86 crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the latest figures of the film, “#LucknowCentral shows 38.24% growth on Sat… Fri 2.04 cr, Sat 2.82 cr. Total: ₹ 4.86 cr. India biz.”
Lucknow Central is based on the script written by Ranjit Tiwari and Aseem Arora. It tells the real story of Kishen Mohan Girhotra, who after forming a music band, concocts a plan to escape from the jail. The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal and Ronit Roy in supporting roles.
#LucknowCentral shows 38.24% growth on Sat… Fri 2.04 cr, Sat 2.82 cr. Total: ₹ 4.86 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 17, 2017
It is telling that this Friday both films – Simran and Lucknow Central – had fared pretty badly and one of the reasons might be that the movies that released earlier are still attracting a lot of moviegoers and are eating away into the shares of these two new releases. The battle between these minnows is interesting nonetheless.
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had given a lukewarm review of the film. “‘…more than anything else, it is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling. When it is not that, then we find our fine conspirators being much too dramatic.When will Bollywood learn the value of letting silence create drama? You don’t need to drown everything with background music: that is certainly not jailhouse rock,” she had said.
Lucknow Central will almost certainly do well on Sunday as well but it needs strong numbers to stay afloat in this extremely competitive season. The subsequent week is also important and it remains to be seen whether word-of-mouth works in its favour or not.