Cine Punjab News Network
February 19, 2015
After winning accolades at various International Film Festivals, Punjabi film Qissa will see an Indian release tomorrow (February 20). Presented by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Qissa will release on multiple platforms such as select Indian theatres, DVDs and Video on Demand (VoD).
Directed by Anup Singh, Qissa is a co-production between India, German, France and Netherlands, and has won several awards over its festive release that lasted from 2013-2014.
About the movie
The first film to shoot under the Indian-German co-production treaty, Qissa is an international co-production between India, Germany, Netherlands and France. The Punjabi-language film, presented by Germany's Heimatfilm and the National Film Development Corporation (India), is co-produced by Heimatfilm with Dutch production house Augustus Film, France’s Cine-Sud and the NFDC. Having successfully released in Germany on 10th of July 2014 in 20 screens and France on 3rd of September 2014 in 13 screens, the film not only garnered rave reviews but was also hailed as the second best film to be released in France according to the French press.Set amidst the ethnic cleansing and general chaos that accompanied India’s partition in 1947, this sweeping drama tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh played by Irrfan Khan. 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. As Umber's daughter is raised as a boy, the characters are propelled with greater and greater urgency towards their inevitable fates. And when Kanwar Singh is married to a girl, Neeli, this gives birth to even more complications.