Gitanjali Rao

Where: Bombay Rose

Why: It's rare to find homegrown animated features, much less ones that get international acclaim. Add to this the fact that Gitanjali Rao is a self-taught animator, and you’ll see why she is a disruptor. Starting with Printed Rainbow, a 15-minute short that won her the Young Critics Award at Cannes in 2006, Rao has been illustrating and enlivening dreamscapes for years. Her latest, Bombay Rose, became the second film to be selected for the Venice International Film Critics’ Week. The film was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and is nominated in the India Gold section of the Mumbai Film Festival. Six years in the making, Bombay Rose is a labour of love that's heavy on the labour. The film, which Variety called "lusciously designed”, was painstakingly painted by hand. Rao also wrote, designed and edited the movie.




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