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Bombay Rose

Spring Grant 2014 - Production Stage

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
Production Company
Cinestaan Film Company, Les Films d'ici, Goldfinch Entertainment

About the Director

Gitanjali Rao is the writer and director of ‘Bombay Rose’, an animated feature film supported by DFI that won seven awards, including the Silver Hugo at the 53rd Chicago Intl Film Fest and had its MENA premiere at Ajyal in 2019. Gitanjali emerged on the international stage with the animated short film ‘Printed Rainbow’, which premièred and won three awards at Cannes Critics Week, 2006. The film also made it to the Oscar shortlist in 2008 and won 25 awards. A self-taught animator and filmmaker, Gitanjali has independently produced seven animated short films which have been to over 150 International film festivals and received more than 30 awards.

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

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