"I do visit Ghatak on a daily basis. But I am not Ritwik though my characters too speak about displacement," the Geneva-based Singh said.
   
'Qissa', which talks about partition and the dispossessed, will be commercially released in the country on 20th February after a two-year wait.
    
Speaking about it, Singh, here on the occasion of special screening of the Netpac winner for international Asian films, said "For me it is like celebrating independent cinema."
    
'Qissa' seeks to debunk fixed ideas and typical notion of identity, Singh said. "We forget the truth of being human. There is  a little bit of Hindu, little bit of Buddhist, little bit of Sikh, little bit of Muslim in all of us. So why do we allow us to be bracketed by separate identities."
    
About casting Irrfan as the protagonist of the film, he said, "Though Irrfan does not speak Punjabi, I chose him as I felt as an actor he celebrates the idea of being a refugee."     

"It is more due to his spirit than his looks. He constantly improvises," said the director.
    
'Qissa' is a 2013 Indian-German production and will be simultaneously released online and by DVD. It had been screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film.

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