Director Anup Singh released a first look teaser of the film through Twitter to make the announcement. The film, which set to release next year, will see Khan on the big screen for the last time.
Witness the mesmerizing #IrrfanKhan on the big screen one last time in the upcoming feature, 'The Song of Scorpions.' in early 2021@irrfank @Golshifteh @SinghAnupsyng @saskia_vischer #GyanShahafpeled #MichelMerkt @KumarMangat @AbhishekPathakk @murli_sonu @rajat_goswami15 pic.twitter.com/LBIafhmr8S
— Anup Singh (@SinghAnupsyng) December 28, 2020
The film is a Swiss-French-Singaporean Rajasthani drama which premiered 70th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland’s Locarno in 2017. However, it did not have a theatrical release until now.
A story of “twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song”, The Song of Scorpions also features actor Golshifteh Farahani in the lead opposite Khan, veteran actor Waheeda Rehman and Shashank Arora.
The story revolves around the character of Aadam (played by Khan) who is a camel trader in Rajasthan. He meets and falls in love with Nooran (Farahani), a tribal woman learning the ancient art of healing from her grandmother, a revered ‘scorpion-singer’.
Earlier this year, Babil Khan, Khan’s son, took to social media to share a glimpse from the film soon after his father’s demise and wrote: “He had this strange understanding of rain. I cannot compare it to anything that I have ever experienced. He could only explain it to me through the limits within what words would let him, but there was a connection that I cannot envelop even in the most beautiful language; only the desert could show, oh my god, what the rain did to him.”
Khan passed away on 29 April, at the age of 53 after battling cancer at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
The Song of Scorpions is produced by Saskia Vischer, Abhishek Pathak and Kumar Mangat Pathak, presented by Panorama Spotlight and 70mm Talkies along with Feather Light Films and KNM Productions.
Khan last appeared in the Hindi comedy-drama Angrezi Medium, which released in March.