Animation Films In India Not Getting State Funding: Gitanjali Rao

MUMBAI || Director of acclaimed animation film ‘Bombay Rose’ Gitanjali Rao has said that animation films in India are not getting state funding and proper platforms for release when compared with other countries.

We have the talent but our circumstances are different. Animation films are two to three times more expensive than live-action films. In Western countries, they get state funding. Since the government is not funding and facilitating distribution, we have to depend on private equity. Television is also not giving much space to the animation films produced in the country”, she said.

She further added that the animation industry in India has grown based on outsourcing. “It is corporate-driven and hence comfortable for animation filmmakers. But it is threatening to cause a brain drain. It doesn’t push you to do original work,” she explained.

‘Bombay Rose’ the debut feature film by Gitanjali Rao is a musical romance set on the streets of Bombay. It tells the story of Kamala and Salim’s quest for love in the chaotic and beautiful city of Mumbai.

The film had its world premiere at International Critics Week at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. Gitanjali Rao’s 2D animated film Bombay Rose has broken new ground in the field in India. The film was selected for the renowned Critics Week at the Venice film festival.

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