Qissa – The Tale of a Lonely Ghost: Film Review – A bold, unpredictable and mystifying tale!

 
Although Qissa is set during the India-Pakistan partition in 1947, it is not like any drama you’ve seen before. It is intensely somber through the whole of the two hours. Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) is a Sikh who has no choice but to flee his village along with his family. Umber is relentlessly consumed by the desire of begetting a son, so much so that he raises his fourth daughter, Kanwar, as the family’s sole male heir (played to perfection by Tillotama Shome). Everyone including the child grows up believing she’s a male. And if that sounds messed up to you, wait till you have watched all of it!

Qissa takes family drama to a whole new level. It is a a deep, serious film about idiosyncratic relationships and its melancholic repercussions. There are times when the plot is perplexing, yet it enables the audience to appreciate the underlying profound message in the film.

Irrfan Khan is a spectacularly gifted actor. It seems that he has reached a point in his career where he can effortlessly slide into any character on the screen. Tisca Chopra has a raw disposition that harmonizes perfectly with Mehar, Umber Singh’s resolute wife. Tillotama Shome brilliantly explores the depths of her character, who is subjected to the deep anguish of an existential crisis. Neeli, played by Rasika Dugal is an endearing treat! It gives you chills when you hear the line ‘Na aadmi na aurat, na jeev na pret’ (Neither a man nor a woman, neither human nor a ghost).


Initially, you feel the tag line of the film ‘The Tale of a Lonely Ghost’ refers to the actual ghost in the film (Irrfan Khan), but as the second half progresses, you realize it’s Kanwar who is the ‘lonely ghost’ in this tale.
 
There will be times when your heart will shrivel up. But the film’s most poignant moment occurs when Kanwar undresses herself by the window, revealing her true physical identity to her ghost father, as the villagers gather around gawking at the tragic and appalling spectacle.


Why should you watch this film?
I don’t see why you should not. Qissa is a brilliant, heavy-on-the-mind drama that is full of metaphorical punches. It is a dark film with powerful performances that must not be missed! A pat on the back to director Anup Singh for this audacious endeavor!

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1 Comment

  1. Teena Elizabeth

    February 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Very well written Jaanam. Keep it up! 🙂

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