Qissa-The Tale of a Lonely Ghost

Qissa-The Tale of a Lonely Ghost
  • Movie Director: Anup Singh
  • Cast and Crew: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra
  • Releasing Date: February 20, 2015
  • Music Composers: Beatrice Thiriet, Manish J Tipu
  • Production House: Johannes Rexin, Bettina Brokemper
  • Fun Fact: The film was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It won the Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film.
  • Why it Made News: This was one Indian film that was considered a masterpiece that lovers of parallel cinema would thoroughly enjoy. The critics lauded the film alike.

Movie Synopsis:

Partition of India, 1947. A Sikh Punjabi named Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) loses everything and is forced to leave his homeland with wife Mehar (Tisca Chopra) and three daughters. He is obsessed to have a male child, but when his fourth daughter is born, he decides to wage a fight against destiny. He declares the child as a boy named Kanwar Singh. However, a lot awaits Kanwar as she grows up and Umber gets her to marry Neeli. Neeli discovers that Kanwar is in fact a girl. In his obsession to have a male child in the family, Umber tries to rape Neeli, and Kanwar ends up killing him with a shotgun. Trouble doesn’t end for the Singh family here as Kanwar still struggles with an identity crisis that affects both Neeli and the rest of the family.

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