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Irrfan Khan, Golshifteh start shooting for The Song of Scorpions

Actor Irrfan Khan has begun shooting Anup Singh’s The Song of Scorpions on what is described as the golden sands of the Thar Desert, outside Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.

bollywood Updated: Dec 24, 2015 16:38 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Irrfan Khan shoots for Anup Singh’s film in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Irrfan Khan shoots for Anup Singh’s film in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.(Shadabti Chakrabarti)

Actor Irrfan Khanhas begun shooting Anup Singh’s The Song of Scorpions on what is described as the golden sands of the Thar Desert, outside Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.

Irrfan Khan- who has had a great year this time having been part of films like Jurassic World (where he was the park owner), Talvar(where he plays an investigating officer) and Piku(where he is a cabbie) - is now being seen in a completely different avatar. He essays the role of a rugged camel dealer, who is married to the character portrayed by the hauntingly beautiful and talented Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, turns sour.

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Farahani is a scorpion singer, whose power to draw out poison from the blood stream of one stung by a deadly variety of the insect found in the desert comes in handy when she decides to tread a path of revenge and retribution, if only to cleanse her soul of the venom from an unhappy relationship. The actor was last seen in Lebanese helmer Jihane Chouaib’s Go Home -- where the actress playing the lead, Nada, returns to her battle-battered village to try and find out what happened to her favourite grandfather, who just vanished.

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Farahani was even more impressive in her earlier The Patience Stone, where as the tormented wife of a comatose man, she startles him to wakefulness with her salacious stories.

In a brief chat with this writer on Wednesday night, Singh says that he is blessed to have found such talented performers as Khan and Farahani. “Both have this ability to surprise even a director”.

Singh -- whose earlier work, Qissa, had Khan portraying a man affected by the Partition and whose obsession for a male heir gets him to do something unbelievable -- avers that the current shoot in Rajasthan will go up to the middle of January. “We are working day and night”.

Music will obviously be an integral part of this tale whose protagonist is a singer. Already seven original songs have been recorded (after all music is such a heart and soul of Rajasthan) and this album will be released along with the movie.

To have the feel and look of a European art film, The Song of Scorpions, will also have on its cast Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora (of Titli fame) and Tillotama Shome (Qissa). Producer Saskia Vischer said in an earlier interview that “The themes will be universal. It’s a choice that every human makes, you can breathe out poison or you can breathe out good. The story is also about the clash between modern and traditional ways of life. Where Qissa was quite a dark movie, Scorpions is lighter, a celebration of life.”