Qissa: The Ghost Is A Lonely Traveller
Qissa: The Ghost Is A Lonely Traveller (2014)

A Sikh named Umber Singh loses everything during the partition of India in 1947. He is forced to leave his homeland. He is so obsessed about having a male heir that when his wife gives birth to their fourth daughter, he decides to take… More

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Clarence Tsui
Hollywood Reporter

Early promise of a poised and substantial piece gets undermined by a final, inexplicable leap into the paranormal -- an odd denouement for a narrative centered on the very real and corporeal issue of gender-based violence.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Love it or hate it, its ability to conjure such intense feelings either way deems it a success.

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Mark Adams
Screen International

A strangely compelling blend of gender-switching romance, drama and ghost story.

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Jay Weissberg

Though it's an odd hybrid of gender parable, displacement meta-text, ghost tale and unlikely romance, Qissa packs enough punch to make up for its thematic disparity.

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Rachit Gupta

Qissa is a film about broken minds, social dysfunctions and alternate sexuality in pre-partition India. It has all the trappings of a great art film. But it's served with nonchalant experimentation.

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Meena Iyer
The Times of India

Irrfan, Tisca and Tillotama give A-grade performances, making this film imminently watchable. If only the filmmaker had decided to buck the pace up for a bit, the points being made here would have hit home harder.

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Tomas Hachard
Cinema Scope

Qissa is most captivating when it treats Kanwar's identity dilemma head on; its best scenes are intimate ones that portray the tempestuous inner turmoil wracking its protagonist.

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Rohit Vats
Hindustan Times

One of the best films in recent times, it's an experience not to be forgotten easily.

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