After the surprise success of last year's Happy Bhaag Jayegi, Diana Penty is back with another film and it is Lucknow Central, where she'll be seen playing an NGO worker. The film is produced by Nikhil Advani and marks the directorial debut of Ranjit Tiwari. Farhan Akhtar is playing the lead in the film and for the first time will be sharing screen space with Diana Penty.
According to DNA, when producer Nikhil Advani was asked as to why did he choose Diana for the role, he said, "Diana is a talented and versatile actress and is known for her interesting choice of roles and films. She brings with her an element of quiet strength that lends itself well to the character we want her to portray." To this, Diana added, "I've always wanted to be part of stories that I feel strongly about and Lucknow Central is one such story. I instantly took to it when Nikhil Advani told me about it. Playing a character that holds her own in a film that has some of the finest actors from our industry, makes it even more special for me."
Lucknow Central follows the story of jail inmates, who rekindle their love for music and form a band in prison with the help of an NGO worker, played by Diana Penty.
According to Mid-Day, Diana barely got 10 days to prepare for her part, says a unit hand, adding, "Before she started shooting, she went for elaborate workshops and reading sessions with Farhan and the cast members. She also met a few activists and interacted with women-led NGOs that work with prisoners." Also read: Varun Dhawan, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Kapoor join South stars in support of the Malayalam actress
Apart from that there are also reports of a sequel to the sleeper hit Happy Bhaag Jayegi being on the cards. It is expected that she'll return for the sequel as well. Farhan Akhtar, on the other hand, was last seen in Rock On 2, which was a disaster at the box office. As a producer though, he struck gold early this year, with Shah Rukh Khan's Raees. Recently the poster of his film, Fakir Of Venice, was also released.
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