Mumbai, September 2019: Bombay Rose, produced by Cinestaan Film Company and created, written and directed by Gitanjali Rao will have it’s  India premiere as part of the prestigious India Gold section at the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

Bombay Rose had it’s World Premiere at Venice International Film Festival receiving an overwhelming response both at Venice and Toronto from audiences and critics. Film Companion said;  ‘Gitanjali Rao’s first animated feature is a lovely ode to the city, its rains, its films, its cats.’ Screen International has described Bombay Rose as “a stunningly realised work of animated film-making" while Variety says that “It’s opulent palette may be its very richest asset. The film has actually been painted frame by frame . Even by the standards of artisan arthouse animation — a realm as far removed from Disney as mumblecore is from Marvel — it’s quite a vision.” 

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Directed by: Gitanjali Rao
Produced by: Cinestaan Film Company
In co-production with Les Films D’ici
Animation: Paperboat Design Studios
Genre: Animation | Language: Hindi
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Amidst the struggle of survival in a big city, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between two flower sellers. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars.

Bombay Rose is a chronicle of intimate yet collective struggles of people who migrate from small towns, seeking minimal life in the maximum city. Based on true events, the film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns 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 from the rich and varied folk art styles of India.


Animator | Filmmaker | Storyteller

A self-taught animator and film maker, Gitanjali Rao emerged into the international stage with her animated short, ‘Printed Rainbow’ which premiered in Cannes Critic’s week 2006 ( Kodak Discovery Award, Petite Rail D’Or, Prix Du Jeune) The film went on to win 25 awards and was short listed for the Oscar in 2008. Her four independently produced animated shorts have been to over 150 International film festivals and received more than 30 awards. They have been showcased in international art biennales in India, Poland and USA.

Painted frame by frame, Gitanjali’s films travel seamlessly between harsh urban reality and the dream world created by the psyche, to escape that reality. While her depiction of urban reality has a documentary style, the intricate dream worlds are inspired from the rich and varied folk art styles of India.

Her body of work includes animated commercials, pre-production for animated features, logo-motions, as well as graphic novels and illustrated stories. She is also an award winning actor on stage and in films.

Bombay Rose, a labour of love made over six years, is her debut feature.

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