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Lucknow Central
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Hindi लखनऊ सेंट्रल
Directed by Ranjit Tiwari
Produced by Nikhil Advani,
Monisha Advani,
Madhu G. Bhojwani,
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Written by Ranjit Tiwari,
Aseem Arora
Starring Farhan Akhtar
Diana Penty
Gippy Grewal
Deepak Dobriyal
Ronit Roy
Alok Pandey
Rajesh Sharma
Music by Arjunna Harjaie
Rochak Kohli
Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography Tushar Kanti Ray
Edited by Charu Shree Roy
Emmay Entertainment
Distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 15 September 2017 (2017-09-15)
Running time
147 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est. 30 crore[citation needed]
Box office

est. 30 crore worldwide

Including broadcast right[1]

Lucknow Central is an Indian Hindi prison film, directed by Ranjit Tiwari and produced by Nikhil Advani, under the banner of Emmay Entertainment.[2][3][4] The film stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role. It was released worldwide on September 15, 2017.[3] 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.[5]


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast[6]
  • 3 Production
    • 3.1 Development
    • 3.2 Casting
    • 3.3 Filming
  • 4 Soundtrack
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Kishen Mohan Girhotra (Farhan Akhtar) is a young man who belongs to Moradabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh. One fateful day, Kishen gets accused of murder which lands him in Lucknow Central Jail where he’s awaiting his High Court trial for a death penalty. Meanwhile, a diligent NGO worker Gayatri Kashyap (Diana Penty) is compelled to form a band of prisoners for the band competition which is to be held in the dreaded jail of Lucknow Central that year and this is how Kishen’s and her paths cross. Kishen befriends four other inmates — Dikkat Ansari, Victor Chattopahdyay, Purushottam Pandit, Parminder Gill — convinces them to join the band.

The dramatic narrative of portrays how Kishen’s life progresses in jail and how music becomes an intricate part of his journey and the rest of the band’s as well. [3]


  • Farhan Akhtar as Kishan Mohan Girhotra
  • Diana Penty as Gayatri Kashyap
  • Ronit Roy as Jailer Raja Shrivastava
  • Gippy Grewal as Parminder Singh Gill aka Pali
  • Deepak Dobriyal as Victor Chattopadhyay
  • Rajesh Sharma as Purushottam Madan Pandit
  • Manav Vij as Tilakdhari
  • Inaamulhaq as Dikkat Ansari
  • Alok Pandey as Bunty
  • Vineet Gill
  • Sukh Kunwar
  • Ravi Kissen as CM Pawan Singh Chaturvedi



The official announcement of the film was made in May 2016, and it was decided that the title was going to be Lucknow Central.[2]


The makers of the film decided to cast Farhan Akhtar in the lead role.[3] Other members of the cast include Diana Penty, Deepak Dobriyal, Ronit Roy and Rajesh Sharma, and Punjabi actor-singer Gippy Grewal.[7]


The principal photography of the film commenced sometime in November 2016. The official trailer[8] was launched on 26 July 2017. The film hit the theaters on 15 September 2017.[7]


Lucknow Central
Soundtrack album by Arjunna Harjaie, Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna, Rochak Kohli and Tanishk Bagchi
Released 18 August 2017
Recorded 2016–2017
Genre Feature film Soundtrack
Length 25:06
Language Hindi
Label T-Series

The music is composed by Arjunna Harjaie, Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna, Rochak Kohli and Tanishk Bagchi while the lyrics have been penned by Kumaar, Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna and Adheesh Verma. Its first song "Kaavaan Kaavaan" which is sung by Divya Kumar was released on 3 August 2017. The second song titled as "Meer-e-Kaarwan" which is sung by Amit Mishra and Neeti Mohan was released on 9 August 2017. The third single to be released was "Teen Kabootar" which is sung by Mohit Chauhan and Divya Kumar and rapped by Raftaar was released on 16 August 2017. The soundtrack was released by T-Series on 18 August 2017.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Kaavaan Kaavaan" Kumaar, Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna Recreated by: Arjunna Harjaie Original Composers: Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna
Divya Kumar 4:19
2. "Meer-e-Kaarwan" Adheesh Verma Rochak Kohli Amit Mishra, Neeti Mohan 6:03
3. "Teen Kabootar" Kumaar
(Rap lyrics by Raftaar)
Arjunna Harjaie Mohit Chauhan, Divya Kumar, Rap: Raftaar 4:04
4. "Rangdaari" Kumaar Arjunna Harjaie Arijit Singh 4:03
5. "Kaavaan Kaavaan (Remix)" Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna, Kumaar Sukhwinder Singh, Mychael Danna, Tanishk Bagchi Sukhwinder Singh, Renesa Bagchi 3:16
6. "Baaki Rab Pe Chhod De" Kumaar Tanishk Bagchi Brijesh Shandilya, Arman Hasan, Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu 3:21
Total length: 25:06