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Deepak Dobriyal, in real life and in Lucknow Central, refuses to give up without a good fight

Before the release of Lucknow Central on September 15, Deepak Dobriyal explains how he is pinning hopes on the emotional connect with the viewers.

bollywood Updated: Sep 13, 2017 09:30 IST
Rohit Vats
Rohit Vats
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Deepak Dobriyal,Lucknow Central,Farhan Akhtar
Deepak Dobriyal is among the actors who are changing the way Bollywood looks at supporting cast.

Audience may remember him as Puppyji of Tanu Weds Manu or as Shyam Prakash in Hindi Medium or so many other stand-out roles Deepak Dobriyal has done in films ranging from Omkara to Shaurya, but the actor has his eyes set on the future. Deepak Dobriyal has three releases this year. He was appreciated in Hindi Medium and will soon be seen in Kaalakandi where he is expected to play a dark character. In between these, he will be playing a Bengali prisoner who thinks he knows a lot about music without ever going through a formal training in Lucknow Central.

Deepak Dobriyal begins with explaining how Lucknow Central is different from Qaidi Band, which had a similar theme. He says, “See if two films are based on the theme of inmates forming a music band inside a jail release together then people do compare them, but let me assure you that our film Lucknow Central is very different from Qaidi Band.”

He further says, “It’s about set-up. For example consider the theme of politics in our films. Some people show corrupt politicians, some show it as a tool to achieve new goals, some made films on the art of politics itself, so the same theme can be treated differently. It’s all about your visualisation, narration technique and the ideas you want to propagate through your films. That way we are very different.”

Qaidi Band released on August 25 to lukewarm response from both critics and audiences.

Deepak Dobriyal explains how Lucknow Central is pinning its hope on the emotional connect with the viewers. He says, “It’s a film that totally thrives on emotional bonding. There are some jail inmates who want to form a music band. Ironically, none of them are good at it. That way it becomes really comic.”

He adds, “I am playing a Bengali guy Victor Chattopadhyay in the film who is in the jail because of some mistakes he made in his younger days. He is a loner, but he feels some kind of intimacy in the jail and that begins to change his thought process. When he meets others with a similar mindset, he becomes hopeful that this might change things for him.”

So, what’s Farhan Akhtar playing in the film? Dobriyal says, “Farhan is a musician who wants to form a band, but he couldn’t form it outside. Due to circumstances, he lands up in the jail, but he is still hopeful about his dreams. So, he forms a group with inmates. Interestingly, these prisoners know nothing about the music, but they are not ready to give up without putting up a fight.”

Directed by Ranjit Tiwari, Lucknow Central also has Diana Penty, Gippy Grewal and Ronit Roy in important roles.

The film is scheduled to hit the screens on September 15, 2017.

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First Published: Sep 13, 2017 09:02 IST