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Qissa – Hindi movie review

The Tale of a Lonely Ghost


Qissa, Hindi movie review

When ever a film with a story based on 1947 partition is made, and more so if its a Love Story – the movie has created history with the recent examples of GADAR, PINJAR and many more. The partition of India and Pakistan is like bitter phase which has comes like a rlue but gets resolved with times.

QISSA is a story of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) a Sikh who lives with his wife Maher (Tisca Chopra), three daughters & forth Son set in post- Colonial India when it was a part of Punjab in Pakistan. Umber Singh builds a new home for his family.

As Umber Singh always yearned for a son who could grow his empire, he therefore brought up his fourth child (who is actually a girl) as his son. This child is named Kanwar and is played by Tillotama Shome. Kanwar discovered himself slowly as he grows up and Umber Singh sets his marriage with Neeli (Rasika Duggal). As Urban Singh could not get son from his wife Maher, so he tries to seduce his Daughter in law Neeli for the simple reason that he wanted a son in the family. However, this isn’t approved by Kanwar who shoots his father.

Later on Kanwar’s mother, Maher insists that Kanwar to stay apart in a separate quarter with Neeli, and it is in these times that Kanwar begins to discover himself, as it is he was wondering why he wasn’t growing up as a man. At times, Kanwar was confused about who he was.

To put it in brief, the story could be that when the family was struggling to find their place about which country they belonged to, similarly this young Boy Kanwar was struggling to find his own Eternity. Probably this is the reason that the filmmaker has described the film as Tale of a Ghost

Audience: This film is not aimed for a commercial audience, but for those who believe in creative Artistic Cinema – and then, Yes, its your QISSA

Review: As just mentioned above, QISSA is not a commercial film, it can be described as beautiful artistic piece of Cinema. Irrfan Khan is a spontaneous actor and is very versatile in the character of a Punjabi Jat. No words to describe Tisca Chopra, as this is yet another thrilling performance after Rahasya which is being appreciated by masses. Actress Tillotama Shome who plays the role of a boy is just superlative, at times even we are unable to judge that she isn’t a girl.

The rating for this film is given on its artistic values, and does not indicate its commercial success.

Review By Priyanka Raina

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Irrfan Khan
Tisca Chopra
Tillotama Shome
Rasika Duggal
Sonia Bindra
Faezeh Jalali

Directed By Anup Singh
Produced By Johannes Rexin, Vikramjeet Roy
Banner: NFDC
Duration: 110 Mins


Quissa, hindi movie review

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