Bombay Rose

Bombay Rose

Dir: Gitanjali Rao / 93 mins / India / Hindi / 2019

SYNOPSIS:
Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. 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 reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets.

LONG SYNOPSIS:
Amidst the struggle of survival in a big city, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. 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.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE:

Life for most street dwellers in Bombay is a day-to-day struggle for survival. Steeped in deprivation, homelessness and lacking basic human rights, people escape to the cinemas to forget reality. Bollywood, for a few hours, offers this fantasy. But when the same fantasy begins to influence and substitute reality, the balance is lost. I have always wanted to tell the stories about the unsung heroes who live and love in Bombay, never become success stories, yet their struggle for survival makes heroes out of them. The use of frame by frame painted animation enables me to traverse  seamlessly between the real and the dream world, poetically rather than realistically. Steering away from the convention of using voices and the acting skills of Bollywood stars who do not belong to the milieu of my characters, I believe in encouraging the animators to use their own acting skills to breathe life into them. BOMBAY ROSE is homage to the undying romantic, living the celluloid dream.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY:
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.

DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY:

2019- Bombay Rose – Feature Animation ( Writer, Director)
2018- October- Feature Live Action ( Actor)
2014- TrueLoveStory- Short Animation ( Writer, Director, Producer)
2011- Chai- Short Live Action ( Writer, Director)
2006- Printed Rainbow- Short Animation ( Writer, Director, Producer)
2002- Orange- Short Animation ( Writer, Director, Producer)
2000- Blue- Short Animation ( Writer, Director, Producer)

AWARDS:

TrueLoveStory
GOLDEN CONCH –- Best Animation Film, MIFF, Mumbai, INDIA 2014
BEST ANIMATION FILM –IDSFFK –Kerala, INDIA 2014
BEST SHORT FILM –SAIFF, New York, USA 2014
BEST ANIMATION FILM –JIFF –Jaipur, INDIA 2016
Printed Rainbow
KODAK DISCOVERY AWARD –- Best Short Film, Critic’s Week, CANNES 2006
YOUNG CRITIC’S AWARD –- Best Short Film, Critic’s Week, CANNES 2006
RAIL D’OR –- Best Short Film, Critic’s Week, CANNES 2006
GRAND PRIX –- Tokyo Short Shorts, JAPAN 2007
BEST SHORT AWARD –- Asia International Competition, Tokyo Short Shorts, JAPAN 2007
GOLDEN SPIKE –- Best Short Film, Valladolid Intl. Film Fest, SPAIN 2006
ELLEN AWARD –- Most Original Film, Aspen Shorts, USA 2007
FIPRESCI AWARD –- Best Animation Short, Krakow International Film Festival, POLAND 2007
MIFF GOLDEN CONCH –- Best Animation Film, INDIA 2006
SWISS TV ROMANDE –- Best Animation Short, Cinema Tou Enfant, SWITZERLAND 2006
ASIFA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE –- ASIFA 2006 Mumbai, INDIA
BEST SHORT FILM –- Cuenca International Women’s Film Week, SPAIN 2006
SPECIAL MENTION –- Filmfest Dresden, GERMANY 2007
SPECIAL MENTION –- IFFLA, USA 2007
AUDIENCE AWARD –- Best Short Film, Cine-Arte II, Fuendetodos, SPAIN 2007
GOLD AWARD –- Best Animated Film 2007, Indian Documentary Producer’s Association, INDIA
WOMAN ACHIEVER’S AWARD –- Giant’s International, INDIA 2007
FICCI BAF AWARD – Best Short Film- Professional, INDIA 2007
FICCI BAF AWARD – Outstanding Indian Content, INDIA 2007
DIPLOMA OF THE JURY OF THE FESTIVAL – KROK festival, UKRAINE 2007
ANIMEST TROPHY AND THE GRAND PRIZE – Animest 2007, ROMANIA
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM – Cineffable , FRANCE
STUDENT JURY AWARD –Etiuda And Anima , POLAND
GOLDEN CURSOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE –Best animated film (Professional) INDIA
DIPLOMA FOR BEST ANIMATED FILM – Intl. Fest. for Independent Film, Kinolev UKRAINE 2008
October ( Actor)
FOI Online Award for Best Supporting Actress
FilmFare Awards 2019 (Nomination)
Zee Cine Awards 2019 (Nomination)
Reel Movie Awards 2019 (Nomination)
Critic’s Choice Film Awards 2019 (Nomination)

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