Irrfan Khan’s swansong, The Song of Scorpions, will open on April 28 theatrically, as a salute to the great actor who passed away on April 29, 2020. Presented by Panorama Spotlight and 70mm Talkies, it’s A Feather Light Films and KNM Production. The film set in Jaisalmer’s Thar desert, features Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani opposite Irrfan, with Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora and Tillotama Shome in strong supporting roles. The film is written and directed by Anup Singh who made the critically acclaimed ‘Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost’ with Irrfan earlier.
The trailer of the film was unveiled today on digital platforms. The Swiss, French, Singaporean co-production premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival to rave reviews. After doing the rounds of several prestigious film festivals and winning numerous awards and applause, it brings Irrfan back to the screen next Friday. The film is shot at breathtaking landscapes and has a haunting soundtrack that is being distributed by Panorama Music.
The late actor plays a camel trader in this twisted love story of revenge and the redemptive power of the song. Golshifteh Farahani plays Nooran, a fiercely independent tribal woman, who is learning the ancient healing art of scorpion singing from her grandmother, Zubeida, played by Waheeda Rehman. According to local legend, the only cure for sure death after a scorpion sting is the song of scorpions.
Anup Singh, the film’s director, says, “The film is about choice: you can either choose to breathe out the poison you breathe in, or sing a song of love that heals rather than harms. It’s an important film given the times we live in. Irrfan believed in it passionately and I am glad that people will be able to see it soon. It’s an emotional moment for me and the entire team. This screening of the film I hope will bring a healing to Irrfan’s family & to all of us who loved Irrfan.”
Anup Singh has also relieved his memories of working with the actor in his book, ‘Irrfan: Dialogues with the Wind’, which was released last year.
Mr Kumar Mangat Pathak, Chairman, Panorama Studios, is equally upbeat about this “special” film. “Irrfan is one of the most loved actors across the globe. He touched many lives through his cinematic journey and those who knew him, will know he was a man with a heart of gold. As a studio, we worked with him on the film ‘Sunday’. It is a privilege and an honour for us to bring the last film of Irrfan Khan as a tribute to his versatile genius.” He says.
Shivv Sharma and Zeeshan Ahmad the owners of 70mm Talkies, are elated to bring the film to Irrfan’s fans in India. “It’s our tribute to the man and actor who has meant so much to so many of us.” They said.
The Song of Scorpions is a Panorama Studios nationwide release.