After Margarita With A Straw, a film based on a teenager with cerebral palsy, director Shonali Bose has a new tale to tell. This time around, the filmmaker is here to narrate the real-life story of the Chaudharys – Aditi, Niren and their daughter Aisha, who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. Titled The Sky Is Pink, the movie features Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf in lead roles. Here’s our review of the film…
What’s it about
Set in Delhi and London, The Sky Is Pink sheds light on the love life of a couple of Aditi (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) aka Moose and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) aka Panda. It primarily focuses on the fact that live your life to the fullest because of Zindagi na Milegi Dobara. Panda and Moose’s life is all rosy until one thing strikes and turns their life upside down – a ‘faulty’ gene of the couple, which has a possibility of harming their kids with a severe combined immune deficiency (SCID). Blame it on the destiny or something else, their second child, Aisha Chaudhary (Zaira Wasim), is born with SCID. As far as their first child, Ishaan is concerned, he seems to be in pink of his health. Aisha undergoes a bone marrow transplant, however, 13 years later, the after-effects of chemotherapy take a toll on her health. The teenager is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a serious condition. Is this all that sums up The Sky Is Pink? Definitely not!
Was Priyanka Chopra Jonas away from Bollywood for the past few years? Not at all. The actress has made the wait, totally worth it. Watching Priyanka back in a Hindi film was nothing less than a visual treat. Nothing’s changed about our desi girl. She’s just given us one more reason to love her acting chops and watch her on the 70mm screen. Talking about Farhan Akhtar’s portrayal of a doting and hardworking father, the actor does justice to his part. Farhan and Priyanka’s camaraderie is so fine and they age like fine wine. Their romance seems like a breath of fresh air.
As for Zaira Wasim, we wish she hadn’t bid adieu to the films. Her narration, as well as her act as Aisha Chaudhary, is so beautiful. Her narration part is incorporated well as per the storyline. It’s gripping. Rohit Saraf, who plays a cool brother to Zaira, does a fair job. Besides the star cast, what impressed us most about The Sky Is Pink was the learning that it gave us – Death is inevitable. As long as you live, make sure you live to the fullest, no matter the thunderstorms in your journey. Thanks to Shonali Bose for giving us a new perspective towards life and death.
The length. The film could have been trimmed easily by at least 20 minutes. Things could have been established in a short span of time. There are few junctures in the film when you almost lose hold and feel like giving up.