Screening at the annual BFI Festival this October is Bombay Rose. This animated feature is both epic and personal, and a glorious love letter to life and love in Mumbai.
Saturday 12 October 2019 16:00
Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 1
Sunday 13 October 2019 15:10
Vue West End, Screen 7
Gitanjali Rao’s delicate and nuanced collection of stories unfolds and overlaps around two protagonists. And like so many of Mumbai’s population, both are immigrants. Kamala, who is Hindu and has escaped a child marriage in Madhya Pradesh, is now a flower garland street seller, looking after her younger sister and desperate for a way out. Salim, a young Muslim who has escaped war-torn Kashmir also sells flowers, albeit lifted from the local graveyard. But he spends most of his time escaping via his daydreams into Bollywood action thrillers and fantasies of Mughal high romance. Then there’s Shirley, an elderly Anglo-Indian ex-actor who dwells mostly in the past. Their stories cross when Salim steals a carmine rose left by Shirley at a graveside to give it to Kamala, whose beauty leaves him breathless. Though attracted to each other, Kamala and Salim’s different faiths and the uphill struggles they face in their lives keep them separated. Rao’s exquisite animation allows characters to move seamlessly between real and imagined worlds, while her skills as a storyteller imbue the film with hidden depths of emotion and empathy for her characters’ plight. This is a film for the die-hard romantics out there.
Dir-Scr Gitanjali Rao
Prod Rohit Khattar, Anand Mahindra
With Cyli Vivek Khare, Amit Deondi, Gargi Shitole
Sales C International Sales
With English subtitles
Cary Rajinder Sawhney
This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:
Gitanjali Rao, director.
About the BFI London Film Festival 2019
The BFI London Film Festival is an annual film festival founded in 1953 and held in the United Kingdom, running for two weeks in October with cooperation from the British Film Institute. It screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries.