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Cast: Irrfan Khan (Umber Singh), Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome (Kanwar Singh), Rasika Dugal (Neeli), Faezeh Jalali, Sonia Bindra
Genre: Drama with a Social Message
Direction: Anup Singh
Production: Johannes Rexin, Thierry Lenouvel, Bero Beyer
Written by: Anup Singh, Madhuja Mukherjee
Cinematographer: Sebastian Edschmid
Music: Beatrice Thiriet, Manish J Tipu
Release Date: 20th February, 2015 (Initial Release: at Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF on 8th September, 2013; Germany on 10th July, 2014)
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Certain incredible moments are projected in an excellent manner: Kanwar is just trying to look at mirror and trying to deal with the inner conflict of gender. Kanwar wants to go and celebrate Lohri along with ‘his’ mother and sisters and other girls but is not able to do so. Mehar’s helplessness and restrained manner in front of husband Umber Singh. Mehar’s emotional outburst, when Kanwar questions her that why didn’t she protect ‘him’ the way she protected her other three girls. Neeli’s pain of falling in love with another woman and her not-to-give-up attitude till the last moment are very touching.
I just hope, the story should not have shifted from the core of Kanwar’s identity crisis struggle. It shall have avoided its surreal tone, though it can be considered as a symbolic representation. The music would touch your soul. The movie has been recognized in various international festivals for the direction, script and cast.
Qissa (although has been abruptly dealt), is a painful, thoughtful and unconventional folk tale, with which you would certainly resonate.
Rating: 3/5 (Good)