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