Cinestaan’s ‘Bombay Rose’ to open Venice International Critics Week 2019

Sakal Times
Sunday, 21 July 2019

Gitanjali Rao’s highly anticipated animated feature, Bombay Rose will have it's world premiere as the opening film of Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival this year on August 29.

Gitanjali Rao’s highly anticipated animated feature, Bombay Rose will have it's world premiere as the opening film of Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival this year on August 29. The film is produced by Anand Mahindra and Rohit Khattar of Cinestaan Film Company. This is the first Indian animation film to get selected to open Venice Critic’s Week.

Producer, Rohit Khattar, chairman, Cinestaan Film Company said, “Gitanjali’s beautiful film has made us and India proud by being invited to open Critics Week at Venice. It has been our privilege to work with Gitanjali and PaperBoat Studios over the last two years to bring this piece of beautiful cinema to life. We are thrilled to share that the prestigious Venice Film Festival shall be the first of many international festival premieres for this stunning love letter to Mumbai and its people.”

“I have always wanted to paint stories about people who live and love in the streets of Bombay, never become success stories, yet their struggle for survival makes heroes out of them. This is the city with its cast of unsung heroes and heroines that I want to share with the world,” said Geetanjali, who also made her debut as an actress in Shoojit Sircar’s acclaimed film, October.

“My hand painted short films have travelled the globe and I have found connections to my films in the most unusual places,” she added.  

Bombay Rose is the story of a flower seller who has to make the choice between protecting her family or allowing herself to fall in love. This touching story is set on the streets of Mumbai and moves from real life to fantasy, accompanied by much-loved Bollywood songs from the cinema halls.

Gitanjali’s five animated short films, Blue, Orange, Printed Rainbow, Chai and True Love Story have been to over 150 film festivals and received 30 awards. Printed Rainbow won three awards in Cannes Critic’s Week 2006 where it premiered and was short-listed for the Oscars in 2008. 

Bombay Rose is in co-production with Film d’Ici and was delivered at Mumbai based PaperBoat Animation Studios. 

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