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Irrfan Khan to Star in Amazon’s Indian Political Satire ‘Ministry’

“Inferno” and “Life of Pi” actor Irrfan Khan will star in Amazon’s Indian original series “The Ministry.”

The show is a political satire set in contemporary India’s corridors of power. He will play a washed up, narcissistic Bollywood actor who is unwittingly appointed as a placeholder culture minister. Despite a crippling bureaucracy, political gaffes, and a team of misfits, he yearns to be loved by the masses once again.

Gursimran Khamba of the comedy outfit All India Bakchod is the show’s creator. Khan has previously starred in a series of web videos for AIB. The company achieved notoriety when 2015’s Bollywood Roast, featuring media personality Karan Johar, and actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, received complaints for its colorful language.

In January, Amazon signed 14 Indian comedians for 60-80 minute stand-up specials.

“After a phenomenal response to our licensed comedy shows, we are excited to launch our very own Amazon Original in the comedy space. We are further strengthening our offering by collaborating with the best content creators of the genre and roping in one of the most versatile Indian actors with massive global appeal,” said Amazon Prime Video India head of content Vijay Subramaniam.

“The Ministry” will be released globally on Prime Video in 2018.

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