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Cinestaan’s Bombay Rose directed by Gitanjali Rao to play at Toronto Film Festival

After opening International Critics Week at the Venice International Festival, Gitanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose will premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema Strand at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 on September 7, 2019.  

Bombay Rose is the story of a flower seller who has to make the choice between protecting her family and 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. Painted frame by frame, for which Gitanjali is famed, Bombay Rose is a chronicle of the people who migrate from small towns, seeking minimal life in the maximum city.

Talking about Bombay Rose, Cameron Bailey, director of the festival, said, “It's a beautiful evocation of love and full immersion in both its rich setting and the magic of Indian cinema.”

 Producer, Rohit Khattar Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, said, “We are so proud to present Bombay Rose, Gitanjali’s beautiful love letter to Mumbai, at Toronto.  We are delighted but not surprised at the appetite of the major international film festivals to celebrate Gitanjali’s beautiful film.  Cinestaan Film Company has worked with the incredible Cameron Bailey and his team at Toronto Film Festival on a number of titles, and we are thrilled to bring Bombay Rose to them.”

Gitanjali said, “They say it takes a village to bring up a child, well it took hundreds of hardworking, ambitious and talented Indian artists to make Bombay Rose and I am as much delighted for them, as I am for me, that Bombay Rose is gaining such recognition by the international industry.  I am thankful to Cameron and his team for selecting Bombay Rose and look forward to the response of TIFF’s audiences.”


Talking about the film, Soumitra Ranade of Paperboat Studios said, “Bombay Rose is a beautiful film where each and every frame has been hand-painted with so much of love. The animation is unique with an absolutely stunning colour palette. For us, the screening at TIFF has a special significance since our earlier animation film too had a world premiere at TIFF. The festival has incredible energy and we really look forward to the response.”  

Bombay Rose is the long-awaited feature debut of India’s leading animator and actor Gitanjali. 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 will open Venice Film Festival’s International Critic’s Week on August 29, 2019, before its North American premiere in Toronto on September 7, 2019.

Produced by Anand Mahindra and Rohit Khattar and financed by Cinestaan Film Company (who also recently executive produced the three Academy Award-nominated Cold War), Bombay Rose has been written, designed and directed by Gitanjali. The film is in co-production with Film d’Ici and was delivered at Mumbai based PaperBoat Animation Studios. Working creatively alongside Gitanjali was acclaimed sound designer PM Satheesh.  

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