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Bombay Rose wins Silver Hugo award at Chicago International Film Festival

The animated feature film was competing in the New Directors competition section.

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After winning two major awards at the recently concluded 21st Mumbai Film Festival, Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose picked up another big honour, the Silver Hugo award at the Chicago International Film Festival. The animated feature film was competing in the New Directors competition section.

Rao's film made its US premiere at the Chicago festival which was held from 16 to 27 October. Bombay Rose had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival's Critics' Week, where it became the first Indian animation film to open the section.

In a statement, the director said, "Thank you Chicago Film Festival! It has been such a wonderful 24 hours receiving our two MAMI awards [on 24 October] and waking up to Chicago’s Silver Hugo award this morning. The team and I are so delighted that Bombay Rose spoke to the audiences in Chicago, makes all our hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile!"

Rohit Khattar, chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, which co-produced the film, added, "I would like to congratulate Gitanjali for this incredible honour and for doing our country proud. We are truly delighted that our production Bombay Rose has received such global recognition." (Cinestaan Film Company is a sister company of Cinestaan Digital Private Limited, which publishes this website.)

Bombay Rose had its India premiere at the 21st Mumbai Film Festival where it picked up the Silver Gateway award and shared the Manish Acharya award for ‘New Voices in Indian Cinema’ with Achal Mishra's Gamak Ghar.

Handpainted frame by frame, Bombay Rose is the story of Kamala, a flower seller, and Salim, another migrant, who fall in love and face numerous obstacles to their union.

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