Movie Review Qissa: Irrfan Khan’s another masterpiece which should not be missed
While most of the audience will opt for Varun Dhawan starrer Badlapur this weekend, there’s another equally gripping and impressive outing, Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, to watch out for. Written and directed by Anup Singh, the film, set at the time of partition, strikes a chord with Indian society that is obsessed with producing sons. The thought-provoking plot has been complemented by impressive performances by Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal.
The Indo-German drama is about a Sardar Umber Singh, played by Irrfan, who is forced to flee Pakistan during partition and start a new life in Punjab, with his wife, essayed by Tisca Chopra and three daughters. While Umber is struggling to find a sense of belonging in the new land, he is determined to have a son who can carry the family legacy forward. Umber invents a virtual life for his fourth born, who is not a daughter. But destiny has everything contrary in store, as his wife delivers a baby girl, fourth time too. Refusing to accept the reality, a distraught Singh pledges to raise the child as his son ‘Kanwar’, essayed by Tilottama Shome. An unrepentant Umber, further turns her life into a living hell when he marries her off to a gypsy girl Neeli, played by Rasika Dugal.
The story then unfolds into an array of impressive and gripping sequences as Kanwar struggles with her complicated sexuality.
As the film reaches the climax, it brings in supernatural elements where it turns out to be a story of a ghost of a guilt-ridden man trying to come to terms with the wrong he had done to a son he never had and a daughter-in-law, he should've never conned. Though this takes the story away from reality, to a some extent, but superb screenplay and direction, doesn’t take your interest and eyes away from the screen.
While Irrfan impresses yet again, actresses Tisca, Tilottama and Rasika have also delivered A-grade performances making this film imminently watchable.
Should you watch it or not?
Qissa is a masterpiece which should not be missed if you are an ardent lover of serious and parallel cinema. This technically brilliant film will definitely hit you hard, turning out to be an experience which will indeed live with you forever.
The film has been written and directed by Anup Singh.