Irrfan Khan’s The Song of Scorpions Sets April Release Date in India
This is a golden opportunity for Irrfan Khan fans in India to see the actor’s genius once again on the big screen, one day before his third death anniversary.
Directed by Anup Singh, the trailer for Irrfan Khan’s The Song of the Scorpions was released on Wednesday. The film was released at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in 2017 and is finally released in India on April 28.
Set in the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, the film stars Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies) who starred alongside Irrfan. Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora and Tillotama Shome (The Night Manager) will be seen in strong supporting roles. Irrfan worked with Anup earlier in the movie Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost.
The trailer begins with a haunting premise, in which a man is stung by a scorpion. The late actor plays a camel trader in this twisted love story of revenge and the redeeming power of song. Meanwhile, Farahani plays Nooran, a fiercely independent tribal woman, who learns the ancient healing art of scorpion singing from her grandmother, Zubeida, played by Waheeda Rehman. According to local myths, the only cure for certain death after a scorpion sting is the singing of scorpions.
Anup Singh said, “The film is about choice: you can either choose to exhale the poison you breathe or sing a love song that heals rather than harms. It’s an important film given the times we live in. Irrfan believed in it passionately and I’m glad people can see it soon. It’s an emotional moment for me and the whole team. I hope this screening of the film brings healing to Irrfan’s family and to all of us who loved Irrfan.
Anup Singh also relived his memories of working with the actor in his book “Irrfan: Dialogues with the Wind”, released last year.
The Swiss, French and Singaporean co-production premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival to rave reviews.
Irrfan’s son Babil Khan also shared the trailer on his social media account with the caption: “Bringing to life a heartbreaking story of love, obsession and betrayal. #TheSongOfScorpions trailer is up!”
Delighted fans reacted to her post, saying, “This would be a must watch.” Another wrote: “Wow!! I can’t wait to see Irrfan sir.
Panorama Spotlight (production house) president Kumar Mangat Pathak said he was equally optimistic about this “special” film. He added: “Irrfan is one of the most beloved actors across the world. He touched many lives through his cinematic journey and those who knew him will know he was a man with a heart of gold. In the studio, we worked with him on the film Sunday.It is a privilege and an honor for us to present Irrfan Khan’s latest film (sic) as a tribute to his versatile genius.
Shivv Sharma and Zeeshan Ahmad, the owners of 70mm Talkies, are delighted to bring the film to Irrfan fans in India. “This is our tribute to the man and actor who meant so much to so many of us,” they said.
Irrfan Khan’s The Song of Scorpions is set to hit theaters on April 28.
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