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August 12, 2009

Painting in Motion

Text by Sona Bahadur. Photograph by Ankur Chaturvedi

Cannes winner Gitanjali Rao is an animation filmmaker of substance

Twenty eight international awards including three Cannes, 80 film festivals and still travelling. Gitanjali Rao is going places with her independently produced, directed and animated short films Orange and Printed Rainbow. The 36 old also has the rare distinction of being held in high regard by director Anurag Kashyap who describes her as “immensely talented filmmaker” and is producing her next animation feature film. The art school graduate had her eureka moment while watching a retrospective of renowned Polish animator Jerzy Kucia at the Mumbai International Film Festival. “I was so moved. I was witnessing a medium that used paintings to tell a story, to create emotions that live action could not. I decided this is what I want to do.” She’s come a long way since then, making films that stand out for their unusual themes. Orange is a conversation between two women about love while Printed Rainbow explores loneliness in a big city and death through the relationship between a woman and her cat. A lifetime is not enough to make a few good animation films, believes the filmmaker. She’s excited about her collaboration with Kashyap. So are we.

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