Amazon Prime Video Ropes in Irrfan Khan as Lead for AIB's The Ministry

Amazon Prime Video Ropes in Irrfan Khan as Lead for AIB's The Ministry

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Irrfan Khan in a still from Jurassic World

  • Khan has twice worked with AIB in the past
  • The Ministry was first announced at Prime Video's India launch
  • Amazon India released two originals this year

Amazon India has tapped Irrfan Khan as the lead for its political satire original, The Ministry, which comes from AIB co-founder Gursimran Khamba. The show was announced last year, and is slated to premiere in 2018 on Prime Video. Khan will play a "washed-up narcissistic" Bollywood actor who unintentionally ascends to the position of Minister of Culture.

“I am looking forward to this great collaboration with Amazon and AIB – both have content that makes me very excited to work with them," Khan said in an accompanying statement. "It will be a great experience to be working on this show which will be very topical and funny and will release globally on Amazon Prime Video.”

“Irrfan told us that he wanted to be part of this show when he first heard about it," Khamba added. "But because of certain complications it didn't work out. Then one night I met him at a party where he took me aside, stared into my eyes and said 'I want this.' And we all know how hard it is to resist Irrfan’s eyes.”

A recipient of the Padmi Shri – India's fourth-highest civilian honour – Khan is best known for his performances in Paan Singh Tomar (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), Life in a Metro (2007), The Namesake (2007), and Life of Pi (2012). He has previously worked with AIB on a couple of YouTube sketches, including Every Bollywood Party Song, and Dank Irrfan.

Khan will be next seen in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's Doob: No Bed of Roses, a Bangladesh-India co-production that he helped co-produce, followed by The Song of Scorpions, which had its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival back in August.

Amazon India has released two original series this year: Inside Edge starring Vivek Oberoi, and Laakhon Mein Ek from stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath, one half of YouTube parody series Pretentious Movie Reviews.


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Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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