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Is The New Netflix Psychological Drama “Qala” Based On A True Story?

Qala based on true story
Qala with her Golden Vinyl (Credits: Netflix India)

The new Netflix superhit is here. And we are saying ‘superhit’ because the audience is loving the new musical and psychological drama that Netflix dropped on December 1, 2022. Qala is another masterpiece directed by Anvita Dutt. She also wrote the story of the film. She was also involved in other big filming hits like Shershaah, Queen, Student of the Year, Ek Tha Tiger, etc.

The film was liked by most of the viewers, and also many critics have praised the film. That is the reason the popularity of the newly released Netflix film is improving day by day. The mouth of words happens to be the biggest marketer of the film. And one of the main reasons behind the success of this film is its intriguing storyline and the sublime acting of every actor.

Qala based on true story

Qala with her mother Urmila (Credits: Hitesh Mulani/Netflix)

The casting crew did a very good job, and it played a critical role in the success of this film. The main protagonist of the film Qala Manjushree is played by Tripti Dimri. And she did an excellent job in portraying the main character of the film. She made us believe that she was, in fact, Qala and also made us connect with her story, which is extremely important for any film to succeed.

The other actors also did a brilliant job of portraying their respective characters in the film. For instance, Qala’s mother, Urmila Manjushree, is played by the Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee. She also made us believe that she was Qala’s mother, which is an incredible feat for any actor of any age.

Now, let’s talk about the plot a little bit so that you can get an idea of whether to watch the film yourself or not. The next section will contain some spoilers, so if you do not want any of it, skip the next part, and you will be all good to go without spoiling a little bit of your viewing experience. For those who do not mind spoilers, feel free to keep reading.

A Little Bit of the Plot of Qala

Set in the 1930s city of joy, Kolkata is where Qala Manjushree is based from. She is currently the most famous playback singer in India. She had a father who was a pandit in classical music. That makes it clear that Qala belongs from a classical background in terms of music. Her mother was also a thumri singer who has retired and led a very solitary life.

As the best playback singer of her time, Qala won the Golden Vinyl award, a very prestigious award in the music industry of India. She then tries to call her mother to share her success, but she is a little disappointed by the response her mother gives. Her mother resided in Himachal Pradesh at that time.

Qala based on true story

Tripti Dimri as Qala (Credits: Netflix India)

It seems very clear that Qala seeks approval and appreciation from her mother. It is of utmost importance to her to be the ideal child for her mother. After that, she goes to record a song with her friend and lyricist Majrooh. There she gets a piece of news that saddened her. She was told that another very famous singer Mr. Sanyal is, in fact, dying.

After hearing the news, a journalist asks her if she has ever sung with the legendary singer, who is on his deathbed right now. In answer to that question, she replies that she never had the chance to sing with him. In response to that question, a young man pops up and calls her a liar. He was wearing a white kurta and turban on his head, and she hallucinated him in her home.

It is possible that he is the brother of Qala and the son of Urmila, which the journalists mentioned earlier in the film.

Is Qala Based on A True story?

Many fans of the film have asked the question if the film is based on any real-life story. To that question, we can say that it is “not” based on a true story. The director Anvita Dutt wrote the story of the film, and the film follows the fictional plot throughout. Her characters seemed very lively as the time which is set in the film, and that led to the rise of the question of its relationship with real life.

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