Irrfan Khan, director Anup Singh to collaborate for third time after Qissa, The Song of Scorpions

FP Staff

Jul,14 2017 15:08 01 IST

Irrfan Khan and director Anup Singh have previously worked together to create critically acclaimed films such as Qissa, which released in 2015, and The Song of Scorpions, which will premiere this August at the Locarno Film Fest. The duo will collaborate for a third time on a script that the director recently finished writing, said Singh to Mumbai Mirror.

Irrfan Khan in a still from The Song Of Scorpions. Image from Twitter.

Irrfan Khan in a still from The Song Of Scorpions. Image from Twitter.

Speaking about The Song of Scorpions, Singh said that the lead actor needed to be both fragile and ruthless, as the character he plays is passionately in love. "After his electric performance in my last film Qissa, I knew Irrfan was the only actor who would be able to live the heightened emotions of this character with authenticity, intelligence and flair and give us all a new and stunning insight into love," he explained.

Despite shooting the film in 2016, the director said that it is still not ready, as the team is still giving it finishing touches. He intends to showcase it at a few more film festivals before releasing it in India. Irrfan Khan previously called Singh “an extremely talented director” and a “greater visual artist”.

In The Song of Scorpions, Irrfan Khan shares screen space with Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani. The film tells the story of how Khan, a camel trader, falls in love with a tribal woman, Farahani, in Jaisalmer. It also features Waheeda Rehman in a cameo role. It was the transgressive relationship portrayed in the film and its setting in a small town that drew Khan to the script.

Qissa saw Khan playing a Sikh Punjabi disgruntled because his wife Tisca Chopra is unable to bear a son . It was set against the backdrop of Partition, and described as a thought-provoking film.

Irrfan Khan was last seen in Hindi Medium, a socially relevant film about the bias towards English, where he starred opposite Saba Qamar. His upcoming project is Puzzle, a Hollywood film which is female-centric.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 15:08 PM | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 15:08 PM