Lucknow Central

Lucknow Central is an Indian Hindi prison film, directed by Ranjit Tiwari and produced by Nikhil Advani, under the banner of Emmay Entertainment. The film stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role. It was released worldwide on September 15, 2017.The plot is inspired from true life events.

The band named Healing Hearts was the inspiration behind the film. According to several media reports, in 2007 the then senior superintendent of the Lucknow Central jail, VK Jain, took the decision to set up a band that would participate in an annual event where inmates from several prisons can come together and perform. After buying about 15 instruments, 12 men sentenced to life for murder were brought together and trained by a prison guard, Noor Mohammad. Once the band was ready, they got to perform at several inter-jail musical competitions and eventually at private parties and weddings. According to reports, they became such a hit that they were made to learn Bollywood songs to appeal to a wider audience. There was even a booking counter for the band. The inmates, after their performance, would return to the jail as they were still serving their sentence.