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Bombay Rose

Spring Grant 2014 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Geetanjali Rao / Feature Narrative / India, France, United Kingdom, Qatar / 2019 / 93 min / Colour / Original Language: Hindi / Interests: Animation

Synopsis

Escaping from child marriage, Kamala makes flower garlands to sell on the streets of Bombay during the day, and at night works as a “dancer”. Desperately wishing to keep her little sister Tara away from the harsh life she leads, she uses her meagre earnings and those of her watchmaker grandfather to pay for school for the young girl. A chance encounter with Salim, the boy from across the street, offers hope of a better life for Kamala—who now must choose between fending for her family and finding true love.

Woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together other similar such tales of seemingly impossible love.With each frame meticulously handcrafted, Gitankali Rao’s debut feature is a commendably realised work of animated filmmaking. Based on true events, ‘Bombay Rose’ is a chronicle of intimate yet collective struggles of people who migrate from small towns, seeking a life in the often-unforgiving city. The film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that prevails on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. Painted frame by frame, the depiction of urban reality has a documentary style, whereas the intricate dream worlds are inspired by the rich and varied folk art styles of India.

Credits

Director
Gitanjali Rao
Screenwriter
Gitanjali Rao
Producer
Rohit Khattar, Anand Mahindra
Executive Producer
Deborah Sathe, Tessa Inkelaar

About the Director

Gitanjali Rao is an Indian theatre actress, animator and filmmaker. She graduated as an applied artist from Sir. J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai, in 1994. Her debut animation short 'Printed Rainbow' (2006) won the Kodak Short Film Award, and the Young Critics Award at Cannes in 2006. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, her animated short, 'True Love Story' was one of 10 selected short films at Critics' Week. She has also served on the judge's panel at various film festivals.

Production Company Profile

Since 1984, Les Films d’Ici has been producing feature-length documentaries, feature films, one-hour documentaries and film collections. The company’s catalogue includes more than 700 films that have been released in theatres, shown in festivals and broadcast on television worldwide.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Serge Lalou

    Company: 
    Les Films d'Ici Méditerranée
    Phone: 
    +33144522323
    Email: 
    contact@filmsdicimediterranee.fr

  • Main Contact

    Gitanjali Rao

    Company: 
    Gitanjali Rao Films
    Email: 
    bombayrose2019@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Geetanjali Rao

    Company: 
    Gitanjali Rao Films
    Email: 
    bombayrose2019@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Les Films d'ici

    Email: 
    paul.maurisset@lesfilmsdici.fr

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