Bombay Rose, an Indian-European co-production that turned heads on its festival run, is coming to Netflix. The streaming platform will release the feature worldwide in Q4 of this year. The exceptions are France, where Netflix will launch the film in 2021, and China, where the company doesn’t operate.
The film, which was written, designed, and directed by Gitanjali Rao, (literally) paints an intricate portrait of a complex city. Watch the trailer and read the official synopsis below:
Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets.
Last year, the film, which took six years to make, opened the Critics’ Week sidebar at the Venice Film Festival. It went on to play Toronto and London, and won prizes in Chicago and Mumbai. In his review for Cartoon Brew, Carlos Aguilar wrote: “Translating Mumbai, with all its intricacies, into animation is itself a tall order. To anchor this idiosyncratic animated version of the city in layered, if sometimes convoluted, storytelling reflects the talent involved.”