National Film Development Corporation presents QISSA

The word, ‘Qissa’ stands to refer to age-old customary folk tales, in Arabic

language. Anup Singh who primarily has his roots here in our country but born in

Tanzania, East Africa while living and working now in Geneva, Switzerland, has

written and wielded this flick. Set against the backdrop of the partition of India in

1947, the film deliberates on those memories coupling it with stories of families,

taking cues from fragments of history and mythology, sketching the images of a

lost childhood. The film is actually a journey into the epic landscape of Punjab,

where history meets memory and folklore.

The screenplay speaks about Umber Singh whose family was affected by the

consequences of partition in 1947. He traces back in time to track back his lost

home and identity attempting to set to roll a new life for himself and his family in

the new environment. The traumatic experiences he has had sparks up a spirit in

him to bring up his fourth daughter as his son which rings in events that were not

anticipated at all!

Anup Singh, a graduate in Literature and Philosophy. He has also graduated from

the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. ‘Lasya-The Gentle Dance’, his first

short film, won an award at the German Film Festival. ‘Ekti Nadir Naam’-The

Name of a River’ was his first feature film that has been screened in numerous

Film Festivals across the globe.

CAST: Irfan Khan Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome , Rasika Dugal and Danish


Cinematography-Sebastian Edschmid Music-Beatrice Thiriet

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