Programme 2019

Bombay Rose

Director: Gitanjali Rao


India Premiere

Section: India Gold

Country: India, United Kingdom, France, Qatar | Year: 2019

Language(s): Hindi | Time: 93 mins


Escaping from child marriage, a flower seller living on the streets of Bombay also dances, reluctantly, in a club. She must choose between fending for her family and finding true love. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible love. Love between two flower sellers. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reign on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets.

Director's Bio

Gitanjali Rao is a self-taught animator and film maker. Her animated short Printed Rainbow (2006) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week, earning her the Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film, the Petite Rail D’Or, and the Prix Du Jeune. It went on to win 25 awards. Her four independently produced, animated shorts have been to over 150 international film festivals and received more than 30 awards. Her body of work includes animated commercials, pre-production for animated features, logomotions, 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.