Bombay Rose

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Bombay Rose
Directed byGitanjali Rao
Produced byAnand Mahindra
Rohit Khattar
Written byGitanjali Rao
StarringCyli Khare
Amit Deondi
Anurag Kashyap
Makrand Deshpande
Geetanjali Kulkarni
Shishir Sharma
Virendra Saxena
Amardeep Jha
Music byCyli Khare
Yoav Rosenthal
Edited byGitanjali Rao
Cinestaan Film Company
Release date
  • 28 August 2019 (2019-08-28) (Venice)
Running time
93 minutes

Bombay Rose is a 2019 Indian animated film written, edited, designed and directed by Gitanjali Rao.[1] The film had its world premiere at International Critics Week at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.[2] It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film follows the story of a flower seller falling in love. It is made by frame-by-frame painted animation in computer and took 18 months with 60 artists.[4][5]



Baradwaj Rangan gave a positive review and said, "Bombay Rose subverts not just Bombay cinema’s storytelling, but also the implicit assumptions of Bombay cinema."[6] Guy Lodge of Variety said that Rao's "exquisitely realized debut feature offers folk-influenced visual splendor to compensate for some jumbled storytelling."[7] Xan Brooks from The Guardian wrote: "Bombay Rose’s high-stakes melodrama might be ripped from the real world, but it has been powdered and perfumed – crammed full of archetypes and over-egged emotions, liberally sprinkled with musical interludes."[8]

Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International felt that the film is "at heart a dark story, yet it can also shine brightly, dealing with heartbreak and hope, a perilous life in the slums of Mumbai in which death is always close by but a big-screen Bollywood escapist ending is equally only a cinema ticket away."[9] Gautaman Bhaskaran of Arab News said that the color palette's in the film were "may be opulent and eye-catching" but the storytelling "is weak, probably a result of poor editing and wanting to pack in too much."[10]


  1. ^ "Gitanjali Rao's animation film Bombay Rose to open Venice International Film Critics' Week". India Today. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Bombay Rose, Gitanjali Rao's animated film, to be screened at 2019 Toronto Film Festival on 7 September". Firstpost. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Toronto Adds The Aeronauts, Mosul, Seberg, & More To Festival Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ Bhatia, Uday (17 August 2019). "The dreamlife of Bombay". Mint. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  5. ^ Ghosh, Madhusree (17 August 2019). "Bollywood doesn't inspire me in any way, says filmmaker Gitanjali Rao". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  6. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (29 August 2019). "Bombay Rose Movie Review: Gitanjali Rao's First Animated Feature Is A Lovely Ode To the City, Its Rains, Its Films, Its Cats". Film Companion. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  7. ^ Lodge, Guy (29 August 2019). "Venice Film Review: 'Bombay Rose'". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ Brooks, Xan (29 August 2019). "Bombay Rose review – overstuffed but luminous valentine to the city". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  9. ^ "'Bombay Rose': Venice Review". Screen International. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  10. ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (3 September 2019). "Venice Film Festival: Why animated film 'Bombay Rose' was just too busy and sentimental". Arab News. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

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