Bombay Rose (2021)

Bombay Rose (2021)
Dir: Gitanjali Rao

I have been intrigued to watch Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’ ever since I saw the trailer on YouTube. I was finally relieved when the film, after much delay, released on Netflix.

It was truly worth the wait, I must say. Every aspect of Bombay Rose, from its simple narrative to its accurate detailing, makes you fall in love with the film. On the crux of it, it is a simple film about the city of dreams, Mumbai (or Bombay as it is christened due to the era the film is set in), two love stories-one between a Hindu flower seller and a Muslim migrant, and the other between a yesteryear actress and an elderly antique shop owner.

Bombay Rose scores brilliantly in the technical department. Each animated frame transitions seamlessly from one scene to another. The efforts put in by 60 artists over a period of a year and a half is a delight to watch.

Animated films are mostly left to children’s films in India, and not many are made nowadays. But Bombay Rose is a film to be extremely proud of. It’s visual poetry on celluloid.

Also, the storyboards and colour palettes are so vibrant that one cannot but fall in love with the frames that showcase Bombay in its full glory.

The last time I saw an animated film, which wasn’t a cartoon or a children’s film, was ‘Waltz With Bashir’ way back in 2013. Bombay Rose has taken the animation to a level higher.

Also, taking a cue from the film’s title, the palettes boast of shades of red in the visuals, reminding me of films made by Wes Anderson, especially how he uses colours to make his frames look grand and exquisite.

Bombay Rose can be clearly described as an MF Hussain meets Wes Anderson kind of a film. It’s a visual spectacle that takes Indian animation to the highest standards.

All said it’s absolutely important to acknowledge the contributions of NFDC Film Bazaar, Anand Mahindra, Rohit Khattar and the brilliant execution by Gitanjali Rao, without which one wouldn’t be able to witness a beautiful film like Bombay Rose.

Bombay Rose is now streaming on Netflix.

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