Dubai Return, Irrfan Khan’s 2005 film, is going to release more than 15 years later. Today, the film will be released digitally. Babil Khan, the son of late actor Irrfan Khan, announced the long-awaited release of Dubai Return on his Instagram page on Friday evening. “Releasing tomorrow on YouTube!” he posted with a film poster.
Dubai Return, directed by Aditya Basu Bhattacharya, stars Irrfan Khan as a hitman. Razak Khan and Divya Dutta also appear in the film. The film made its global debut at the New York Indian Film Festival earlier this year. Starting Saturday, it will be available on the Bandra Film Festival’s YouTube account.
In 2005, the International Film Festival of India also displayed the film. It was scheduled for theatrical distribution, but it was canceled for unknown reasons. “I would love to release the film, it’s my great desire to do so. One has been trying to release it over the years. There were technical and legal reasons why we could not release the film at the time, and those reasons still hold. One is trying to see how one can get around these issues,” producer Manya Patil Seth had told Scroll last year.
Irrfan Khan’s most recent film was Homi Adajania’s Angrezi Medium, which came out before the pandemic hit India last year. Songs of the Scorpions, directed by Anup Singh, is one of his few unreleased films. After a two-year struggle with a neuroendocrine tumor, Irrfan died on April 29, 2020. Babil, the late actor’s son, frequently gives fans peeks into his private life. He shares photos from the past.