Irrfan Khan Starrer QISSA to open North America’s largest South Asian film festival (PIFF / IFFSA)


Critically acclaimed director Anup Singh will present QISSA at a special FREE screening


TORONTO: Studio Film Group announced Tuesday that festival darling “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost” will open North America’s largest South Asian film festival this Thursday (May 15) at 7:30 p.m. at Mississauga’s Courtney Park Cinemas, ahead of its highly anticipated Canadian release this June.

“Punjabi is now the third most spoken language in Canada, and I felt it was important to showcase this alternative cinema masterpiece from India’s burgeoning independent film scene to Canadian audiences,” said Nadia Sandhu, SFG Managing Director.

Set in the post-Partition era, Qissa is a gut-wrenching story about fractured identities, cultural expectations and striving for a sense of security and continuity in a world turned upside down. Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan), a Sikh survivor of the Partition, is struggling to forge a new life in India but the repercussions of his traumatic experience have extreme and lasting consequences for his family and their own emerging identities.

“Qissa is a first.  It has won acclaim and awards around the world and sets a new example for Punjabi cinema,” says Sunny GIll, PIFF/IFFSA co-founder. “It is our hope that Qissa becomes the first of many creative and boundary pushing features from Punjabi filmmakers in the years to come.”

In addition to Khan, Qissa boasts a critically acclaimed and award winning performance from Tillotama Shoma (Alice, Monsoon Wedding) and stellar turns from supporting players Tisca Chopra and newcomer Rasika Duggal.

Qissa is an Indo-European venture, a co-production between India, Germany, The Netherlands and France.


QISSA: Awards and Accolades


After a Netcap Award Winning World Premiere at TIFF 2013, Qissa has earned international acclaim as the Opening Night Gala at the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam and at the Curaçao International Film Festival, among a slew of other honours including:

Winner- NETPAC Award- Best World or International Film at TIFF 2013

Winner-The Dioraphte Award – Audience Choice at International Film Festival of Rotterdam

Winner-India Gold- Best Film at Mumbai International Film Festival

Winner-Best Actress- Tillotama Shome at Abu Dhabu International Film Festival

Winner-INALCO Jury Award- Vesoul Asian Film Festival


 Photo: Director Anup Singh