Set in post-partition era, the film focuses on the life of a Sikh named Umber Singh and his family. It talks of the family's displacement from the Pakistan to the Indian side of the border, and Umber's obsessive desire for a male heir. After having three daughters, Umber decides to raise the fourth child as a boy irrespective of the fact that they had another baby girl.

'Qissa', backed by the National Film Development Corporation, has been screened at various movie galas including Toronto International Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Curacao International Film Festival.

In July itself, Irrfan and Tillotama, who play father and daughter in the movie, were named the best actors at the International Film Festival of Queensland (IFFQ) in Australia. Geneva-based Singh also won the Best Director Award for the movie.

It's the first film to be shot under the Indian-German co-production treaty. It happens to be an international co-production between India, Germany, Netherlands and France with funding from the NFDC, the Dutch Film Fund, Eurimage and German funds Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and North Rhine Westphalia (NRW).

After globe-trotting at various film festivals, the acclaimed Punjabi film will hit the silver screens on February 20.

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