Bombay Rose

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Human Rights
Social Justice
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2019
Runtime:97 min
United Kingdom
Festivals & Awards:Chicago International Film Festival - Silver Hugo Award
Mumbai Film Festival - Silver Gateway Award
Website:Official Website
Print Source:C International
Director:Gitanjali Rao
Executive Producer:Deborah Sathe
Tessa Inkelaar
Producer:Rohit Khattar
Anand Mahindra
Cinematographer:Animation Studio: Paperboat Design Studios
Screenwriter:Asad Hussain
Gitanjali Rao
Editor:Gitanjali Rao
Composer:Cyli Khare
Yoav Rosenthal
Principal Cast:Geetanjali Kulkarni
Anurag Kashyap
Makrand Deshpande
Virendra Saxena
Shishir Sharma
Amit Deondi
Amardeep Jha
Cyli Khare
Rajeev Raj
Gargi Shitole


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

This lush animated feature debut from Gitanjali Rao is a fascinating mixture of stark realism, satire of Bollywood films, and fantastic elements of Indian mythology.

Fans of the old school animation found in the best of Disney classics should not miss Bombay Rose, a hand-painted animated film that has won acclaim at festivals around the world. Kamala is a young Hindu woman who is facing an arranged marriage, so she escapes to Mumbai where she finds work as a flower seller and a nightclub dancer. She falls deeply in love with Salim, a young Muslim man. Following multiple characters through the crowded streets of Mumbai, the film is an affectionate send-up of Bollywood films that also owes a debt to Charles Dickens, never shying away from the dark side of life in the largest of Indian cities. This sprawling epic was written, designed and directed by Gitanjali Rose.

Director Biography

Gitanjali Rao

Born in Mumbai, India in 1972, Gitanjaili Rao is a writer and animator, and an acclaimed actress of stage and screen. Her debut animated short “Printed Rainbow” (2006) won the Young Critics awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Bombay Rose (2019) is her first feature.


"[E]xquisitely realized... the gung-ho romanticism of live-action Bollywood cinema is affectionately satirized and honored." - Variety