A story about Partition, love and loss seems to be winning praise the world over as Geneva-based filmmaker Anup Singh’s Qissa (see above pic) wins another award. The film starring Irrfan and Tillotama Shome has won the Audience Award at the recently concluded International Film Festival, Rotterdam (January 22- February 2). The Award that is accompanied with a cash prize of 10,000 Euros is given to the film with most number of audience votes. It was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and the National Film Development Corporation.
Set in 1947, the protagonist (Irrfan) moves his family to a safer place across the border. He wants to keep the identity of his daughter (Shome) a secret and dresses her as a boy. The film reflects the patriarchal pressures in society during India in the ’40s. Tisca Chopra and Rasika Duggal are also in the film.
Qissa also premiered at the Toronto International Film festival last year, where it received the NETPAC Award. Shome won the Best Actress award in the New Horizons competition at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and won the Silver Gateway award at the Mumbai Film Festival in the India Gold section.