The new look poster of NFDC’s international co-production, Qissa, a Punjabi language feature film by Anup Singh, starring Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome and Rasika Dugal among others, is now out. The new look features various characters from the film at different points of their lives. The poster reflects the ethnic and emotional theme of the film.
The film is now set to release in India on February 20, 2015 simultaneously across select theatres, on NFDC’s site and on DVD, thereby making the Punjabi language feature film accessible to a diverse pan Indian audience.
The film has won worldwide acclaim and awards at various international film festivals, including the Best Actor award for Irrfan Khan and two Best Actress awards for Tillotama Shome, the NETPAC Jury Award for the Best Asian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and the Silver Gate Award in India Gold Competition at Mumbai International Film Festival, 2013. This is the first film to be shot under the Indian-German co-production treaty, in a path-breaking collaboration, so as to further the endeavour to create a global footprint for Indian cinema.
Uprooted by the religious violence that came with partition in 1947, Umber and his family move to a safer locale attempting to forge a new life for his family while keeping their true identities a secret from their community by bringing up his fourth daughter as a son. It is here that the story takes a remarkable turn. History and folklore come together in this tale set in the aftermath of the Partition of India. As Umber’s daughter is raised as a boy, the characters are propelled with greater and greater urgency towards their inevitable fates.