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The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013)

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (original title)
Umber Singh is a Sikh who loses everything during the separation of India in 1947 and is forced to leave his homeland. He obsessively wishes for a male heir. When his fourth daughter is born, he decides to wage a fight against destiny.

Director:

Anup Singh

Writers:

Anup Singh (screenplay), Madhuja Mukherjee (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irrfan Khan ... Umber Singh
Tisca Chopra ... Mehar
Tillotama Shome ... Kanwar
Rasika Dugal ... Neeli
Danish Akhtar Danish Akhtar ... Young Kanwar
Sonia Bindra Sonia Bindra ... Kulbir
Faezeh Jalali Faezeh Jalali ... Baali
Dhami Dhami ... Village Elder
Jitendra Kaur Jitendra Kaur ... Midwife
Sukhwinder Virk Sukhwinder Virk ... Midwife
Sarabjit Sarabjit ... Infant Sohni
Bhavya Bhavya ... Little Kulbir
Riyaz Aulakh Riyaz Aulakh ... Little Baali
Nakul Arora Nakul Arora ... Boy On the Hill
Sejal Sejal ... Young Baali
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Storyline

During the 1947 partition of India, Umber Singh and his family are forced to leave their village. After two girl children, his wife gives birth to a third girl child as they flee their village much to the displeasure of Umber Singh. After moving to a new place, Umber stabilizes and his wife is pregnant again. While the fourth child is also born as a female, Umber convinces himself and his wife to raise the girl child as a son throwing up complications aplenty. Written by PipingHotViews

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Drama | Fantasy

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Official Sites:

Heimatfilm [Germany]

Country:

Germany | India | Netherlands | France

Language:

Punjabi

Release Date:

10 July 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tale of a Lonely Ghost See more »

Filming Locations:

Punjab, India

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The script was written in late 90s with Balraj Sahni in mind for the lead role. See more »

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Such movies need support of the intellect movie bluffs
10 October 2015 | by notofdisdimentionSee all my reviews

A well-written script with an honest performance by the cast, the story telling has an Indian folk tale touch.

Tillotama Shome is great with her performance, the scenes with the mother and father are perfect and heart touching, and it is because of her performance that this movie comes out as a subtle art film rather than a Yash raj melodrama.

The movie talks about the how the desire of having a boy child was prevalent in the past and to what level the people can be obsessed with such pity things and destroy their and others happy peaceful life.

Do watch and support the movie, the movie perfectly encapsulates the sense of an Indie classic(that is a new story line) and not an artificial work like "ship of Theseus".


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