Punjabi period drama debuted at Toronto.


The Match Factory has sold Anup Singh’s Qissa, which recently received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, (TIFF) to Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG).

Set amongst displaced Sikh families in the aftermath of India’s Partition in 1947, the Punjabi-language film won the NETPAC Award for Best Asian film at TIFF for its “thoughtful and challenging depiction of displacement and identity issues”.

The cast is headed by Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome and Rasika Dugal.

The film was produced by Germany’s Heimatfilm and India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) with the Netherlands’ Augustus Film and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion (France) as co-producers.

“Writer/director Anup Singh has pushed stylistic and artistic boundaries,” said SFG managing director Nadia Sandhu. “I grew up around Punjabi film sets and I hope Qissa will inspire and encourage other Punjabi filmmakers to challenge storytelling conventions.”