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Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013)

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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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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Beautiful, Heartbreaking, Creative.
21 December 2013 | by richa-sriSee all my reviews

I had a chance to see the film "Qissa" while it screened at the South Asian Film Festival in New york. Not knowing the premise of the film, what struck me most was the depth of the different characters portrayed in the story. Actors Irfan Khan and Tillotama Shome displayed a beautiful and sensitive chemistry playing the father-daughter duo, replete with complex emotional struggles and seemingly unsurmountable conflicts. The interpersonal relationships between the characters were touching and real despite the darkness that surrounded them. Tillotama's gender-transcending portrayal of a complex and conflicted "Kanwar" was seamless and simply blew me away!


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