5 Inspirations Behind Farhan Akhtar’s Lucknow Central Movie


Every now and then, there comes a movie, which relives moments from other flicks from the same genre. Lucknow Central is one such film that on one hand revives the Prison Break genre in Bollywood but at the same time, borrows elements from some of the classics.

Read on to know more:

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

A loner is transferred to a maximum-security prison from where he ‘might have found a way out’; this isn’t written with Lucknow Central in mind but Clint Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz where the Hollywood star played Frank Morris, the prisoner who managed to escape from ‘The Rock’ and took 2 of his friends with him.

Escape To Victory (1981)

If you watch the trailer of Lucknow Central closely, you will immediately say ‘Escape To Victory’ that is if you had seen the war flick turned sports movie. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pele, the John Huston film revolved around a Football match between Prisoners of World War II and German football team – the former wanted to use the opportunity to escape the prison while the latter wanted it to use it to show their superiority.

Kaalia (1981)

Remember Hum bhi woh hain jo kisi kay peeche kharay nahi hotay, jahan kharay hotay hain, line waheen se shru hoti hai?

This scene from Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaalia must have been the inspiration behind the ‘don’t let him eat’ philosophy was one of the reasons why Kishan wanted to escape from Lucknow Central; being innocent was the other.

No matter how many years pass by, the classic jailor-prisoner interaction from the same film remains the reason why every villain wants to play a jailor and why every hero wants to play Kaalia once in his life. The chorus in Kabootar song also reminds one of Panchi Ko Ud Jana Hai song where the prisoners sang, and the audience got entertained.

Lock Up (1989)

The ‘Welcome to Lucknow Central’ line as well as the fake hanging stunt were directly lifted from John Flynn’s Lock Up where a sadistic warden (Donald Sutherland) wanted to show Frank (Sylvester Stallone) whose the boss.

You have to watch this one to know how Lucknow Central is inspired from Lock Up!

The Last Castle (2001)

On one hand is a warden (jailor in India) who takes pride in the fact that he gets the job done; on the other is a prisoner who challenges his authority and makes friends with the inmates.

That’s The Last Castle for you where Robert Redford defies the Warden because he knows that whatever he is doing, is as wrong as the inmates’ crime. The cat and mouse game between the two is exactly what one will experience in Lucknow Central where the Jailor clearly states that he doesn’t like those who don’t like him.