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Bombay Rose

India | Animated Feature | Drama, Romance | 2019  | 93 MIN. |Hindi; English Subtitles


Zoom Q&A with filmmaker Gitanjali Rao

Previous Screening:

Jan 30th 2020   |   7.15pm - 8.45pm

Angelika Film Center, Plano


April 3rd 2020   

Screening Start Time: 7.30pm 

Q&A with Filma-maker: 9pm

Venue: Your home!

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Escaping from child marriage, Kamala, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with Salim, a Kashmiri 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.

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.


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.



Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao is a Bachelor of Fine Art from Sir J.J.Institute of Applied Art, Bombay. She learnt Animation and film making on the job. Her four independently produced animated shorts, Blue, Orange, Printed Rainbow, Chai and TrueLoveStory have been to over 150 International film festivals and received more than 30 awards. 

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.

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