(Punjabi/2015/110mins) | Dir: Anup Singh

19-Aug-2017 | 06:30 PM | Gulmohar

Synopsis: An Indian-German co-production, Qissa looks at the historical watershed that is the Partition of 1947 as a fall out of a toxic patriarchy and deals with its subliminal after-effects on the individual body through the lens of gender. Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) is forced to migrate from Pakistan to India following the division of the subcontinent. Emasculated through territorial dislocation, Singh yearns for a boy child to preserve the family lineage after his wife has borne him three daughters. The fourth child is also born a daughter (played by Tilottoma Shome in maturity), but is brought up by Singh with the willful delusion that s/he is a male heir to the family. This leads to a tale of conflicting identities that defy reductionist binaries as the characters soon become enmeshed in a strange string of events that pivot around the spectre of a collective trauma.

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra

Production: Johannes Rexin, Thierry Lenouvel, Bero Beyer

Screenplay: Anup Singh, Madhuja Mukherjee

Cinematography: Sebastian Edschmid

Editing: Bernd Euscher

Music: Beatrice Thiriet, Manish J. Tipu

Awards: Best Asian Film by NETPAC Silver Gateway Award at the Mumbai Film Festival

Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival

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