The world is waiting for Farhan Akhtar’s next, Lucknow Central to hit theatres. However, a lot of people do not know that Lucknow Central’s story was actually inspired by a Lucknow Central Jail-based band called Healing Hearts.
Ranjit Tiwari came across the band through an article which inspired him to make a movie on them. Recalling it, the director said, “Around three years ago, I read an article about an annual day program and music competition, started by the state government for jail inmates as an initiative for their reformation. Six to seven central jails in Uttar Pradesh participated in the contest. The idea blew my mind and I discussed it with director Nikhil Advani, who I was assisting at that time. Eventually, he and Farhan (Akhtar) joined hands for the project”.
The band has even performed at events like Republic day parades. The band, however, heads back to their prison cells after every show, since they are still serving their term.
Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Lucknow Central’ exhibits the tale of a simple ambitious man caught in a tragedy that changes his life forever. The film thrives on ambition, passion, friendship, and determination.
The ensemble cast of Farhan Akhtar, Gippy Grewal, Ronit Roy, Deepak Dobriyal, Diana Penty, Rajesh Sharma and Inaam-ul-Haq has piqued the interest of the audience.
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