In the age of Bollywood where the mainstream Khans are pegged as the most successful actors in the country, one less-hyped about Khan seems to have made it to a stage where the others could only dream of. Hailed as one of the best actors in the history of Indian cinema, Bollywood’s serious man Irrfan Khan had landed himself one of the pivotal roles in the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno and the release of the posters of the upcoming October release has one of Irrfan which is definitely enough to make any Indian proud of him as he is set to share space on the big screen with Tom Hanks, the main lead in all of Brown’s novel-to-film adaptations.
Inferno’s plot synopsis on IMDb reads: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Irrfan Khan plays the role of Harry “The Provost” Sims who is the head of the Consortium, a private organisation who were officed in a vessel and maintained a no-questions-asked policy on any tasks asked fro them in exchange of money. The extent of his role in the film as of now cannot be determined yet but according to the book, the Provost tried to assist transhumanist genius scientist Zobrist, who is the main antagonist in the movie, escape. He tries to accomplish Zobrist’s wishes by securing the location of the virus from Langdon and Sinskey and to divulge a video Zobrist made before his death to the media. When he learns that he was helping Zobrist in a bioterrorist attack, he helps the World Health Organization to find the weapon. He is eventually arrested for his part in the events.
The film arrives in India two weeks before its US debut (October 14, with the US release scheduled for October 28). The film also stars Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Omar Sy and Sidse Babet Knudsen.