Anand Gandhi, who gave us Tumbbad recently revealed that Irrfan Khan would have been in his next film set against the backdrop of a Pandemic.
Irrfan passed away on 29th April leaving us all in tears. The actor was said to be in all of Anand’s projects. The filmmaker, since 5 years now has been working on a script that revolves around four frontline women scientist who are all fighting a contagion. The movie was titled as Emeegence.
While talking to a daily portal, Anand said, “The idea came while working on Ship of Theseus that tried to answer whether free will exists. I was intrigued to learn that microbiomes (bacteria in our body) play a significant role in our behaviour. With Emergence, I’m taking the parasite-host relationship further.”
“I started writing it five years ago, with the working title 2020. My script predicted the rise of rightwing politics, storage crisis for scientific data, paleomicrobe releasing from thawing of the Arctic and behavioral changes brought on by a pandemic. But there was so much research required that by 2017, the office joked that the film would have to be re-titled 2025,” Anand added furthur.
Anand also revealed that, “We explored the possibility of his presence in Tumbbad before the final script and schedule changed things. He’d have been in Emergence too. I wish I had created something with him.”