Bombay Rose, the first Indian animation film ever selected to open Venice Critics Week, is coming to Netflix December 4 globally, except for China; the film will be released in 2021 in France. A selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and winner at the Chicago and Mumbai Film Festivals, it was honored with the ‘India Gold Silver Gateway Award’ and the Manish Acharya Award for “New Voices in Indian Cinema” at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
The 2D hand-painted animated feature tells the story of a young club dancer, escaping from child marriage, living in the streets of Bombay, who must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Hand-painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible love: love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy; love between two women; and love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film, in documentary fashion, explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets.
“Having struggled six years to make the film happen, I cannot be anything but immensely grateful to Cinestaan and Les Films d’Ici for supporting and making Bombay Rose and to Netflix for believing in it enough to bring it to the right audience!” shared director, Gitanjali Rao.
Bombay Rose was directed and written by Rao; produced by Soumitra Ranade, Rohit Khattar and Anand Mahindra; and executive produced by Deborah Sathe, Tessa Inkelaar Animation. Co-producers were Charlotte Uzu, Serge Lalou; voice cast included Cyli Khare, Amit Deondi, Gargi Shitole, Makrand Deshpande.