Gitanjali Rao: Bollywood separates politics from a person to tell story

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Filmmaker, actor, and writer Gitanjali Rao is getting rave reviews for her latest animation feature, Bombay Rose that premiered at the 21st MAMI over the weekend. Speaking about addressing important issues of our society through films.

Gitanjali insisted that characters in a story always have their own politics and Bollywood filmmakers often conveniently separate the two to tell their stories in a seemingly safe manner.

Asked if it is becoming difficult for filmmakers to address social issues, given the increasing frequency of people being offended by films, Gitanjali told Hindustan Times in an interview, “All over the world, films are used to tell the audience what people want to say.

No matter how great a country, every government has detractors and will always face criticism. However, I think the responsibility of all artists to speak about issues that not talked about.

Gitanjali Rao thinks Bollywood separates politics from a person to tell the story

I am not talking about issues, my characters come with their issues and I have just made sure not to isolate them. Bollywood often conveniently takes away the politics of a person and tells the story. If I tell the story of a privileged person. However, his politics will different from one who is not so privileged.

Sharing the storyline of her film, Gitanjali said, “Bombay Rose is the story of young people who sell flowers across the street from Juhu beach in Mumbai. The boy from Kashmir who lost his parents to insurgency and escaped from there.

The girl is from Madhya Pradesh, escaping child marriage. It is about migrants in Mumbai who came to just find a living.  Not for Bollywood, not people who come there to become heroes. However, I have used Bollywood …how it affects the characters.”

She also elaborated on her passion for cinema and animation: I loved painting and cinema. After watching animation films at a young age. However, I realized this the best way to bring cinema and paintings together.

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