The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings: The Sky Is Pink is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language biographical film directed by Shonali Bose and co-produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala and Priyanka Chopra under the banner of RSVP Movies, Roy Kapur Films, and Purple Pebble Pictures. It stars Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, and Rohit Suresh Saraf. The film is the return of Chopra after a break of three years from Bollywood.

It is based on the love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter – Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis. Principal photography began in August 2018  and was completed on 11 March 2019. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 13 September 2019 and will be released theatrically worldwide on 11 October.

The Sky Is Pink Movie Trailer

With the first official trailer out, we can surely say that the film is bound to go places. Starring Priyanka, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, and Rohit Saraf, The Sky is Pink takes you on the motivational journey of Aisha Chaudhary.

Aisha was eighteen years old when she died of an illness called pulmonary fibrosis. She also authored a book, My Little Epiphanies that was published only a day before her death. A motivational speaker in the last few years, Aisha’s inspirational journey through her illness, her relationship with her parents and her elder brother and how she kept herself going despite it all is what The Sky is Pink is based on. Zaira Wasim portrays the character of Aisha in the film. Priyanka plays her mother Aditi and Farhan plays her father Niren.

The Sky Is Pink Trailer

The Sky Is Pink Trailer

With the premise of the film so emotional, the trailer of The Sky is Pink tells you the story of the small family through the eyes of the young Aisha. She claims her parents have the best love story in the world but her condition lead her to be the villain in their tale. Glimpses of a little family drama, Aisha’s relationship with her parents, the extent to which her mother is ready to go to get her cured and her father’s struggles to keep the family together, all this and more is what The Sky is Pink is all about. While we already know the story of the young girl, the trailer does seem to draw more focus on the love story and struggle of Aisha’s parents than Aisha herself. But it is too early to judge the perspective the director has chosen to take to tell the story.

As for the casting, the film is Zaira Wasim’s swan song as the young star decided to retire on account of personal reasons. The film is also the second time Priyanka and Farhan will be seen together after Dil Dhadakne Do. This time in an intense yet passionate tale, the two play parents and their chemistry is quite impeccable from what we could see in the trailer.

Directed by Shonali Bose, The Sky is Pink is a different take on the life our Aisha and her family and the director is digging deeper into the psyche of a young ailing girl who tried each day to keep herself motivated.

The Sky is Pink is releasing on October 11, 2019.

The Sky Is Pink Story Based On

For those who like head-on, immersive emotional experiences at the movies, The Sky Is Pink may be a direct hit. It makes a lot more demands on the heartstrings than the first film from writer-director Shonali Bose, her moving but more moderate 2014 Netpac-winner, Margarita With a Straw, about a sexually alive girl with disabilities. Here Bose and Nilesh Maniyar’s screenplay is closely based on the true story of Aisha Chaudhary, a teenager with pulmonary fibrosis whose loving parents dedicated their lives to helping her survive; in fact, the end credits roll over painfully cheery photos of the Chaudhary family.

The Sky Is Pink

The Sky Is Pink

Though Bose sidesteps melodrama, she settles for sentimentality in a long-winded tale that focuses not on the sick girl but on her parents, played in warm rom-com fashion by Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Mary Kom) and Farhan Akhtar. This Hindi-language celebration of family solidarity and self-sacrifice in times of trouble earmark it for Indian audiences in and outside India, where Chopra Jonas and Akhtar are major theatrical draws. It bowed at a Gala screening in Toronto before an early October release in India.

The long story is coyly narrated by Aisha, who is clear from the start that she’s speaking from beyond the grave, but “it’s no big deal.” There’s no self-pity in her voice as she affectionately tells her life story and interprets her family’s feelings and motives. Rather irritatingly, she insists on calling her mother, Aditi (high-spirited, headstrong Chopra Jonas), “Moose” and her father, Niren (a hyper-responsible Farhan Akhtar), “Panda.” The two have made a mixed-caste love marriage that, though frowned upon by society, binds them closely together.

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

As a young married couple living with his parents on a scenic Delhi rooftop (cue a brief song and dance), they have already had one son, Ishaan, and have lost a daughter soon after birth due to a rare autoimmune disorder. When Aditi discovers she’s pregnant again, Niren wants her to have an abortion, but because she’s converted to Christianity after a “mystical experience,” she insists on bringing the baby to term. Little Aisha turns out to have the same medical condition as her sister, with the same sad prognosis. Her only chance is to undergo expensive treatment in London that the family can’t afford. (Strangely, the English doctor at the London children’s hospital speaks to them in fluent Hindi.)

His voice breaking, Niren makes an appeal on London’s Sunrise Radio, servicing the Indian community. They need 120,000 pounds for a bone marrow transplant to save Aisha’s life, and the response is overwhelming. The baby is saved — but her condition is so delicate she can’t leave London for 10 years. She has also had chemotherapy treatments which, they are warned, could have consequences in the future.

We are only at the beginning of Aisha’s saga when the story goes off on a tangent to follow Niren and Aditi’s marriage. To save his job and look after Ishaan, Niren reluctantly returns to Delhi, leaving Aditi and Aisha in London. Their long-distance marriage unfolds in public phone booths (it’s the 1980s) and survives marital crises. There is an under-told quality to this part of the film, with both actors softening the edges of the difficult situation with their charm.

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

Finally, Niren, who has done remarkably well off the screen in the restaurant business, gets transferred to London as a big manager. The family’s economic rise is swift, and when they return to Delhi with teenage Aisha (Zaira Wasim), they move into a big new house with a swimming pool. The overprotective Aditi worries about every germ her daughter encounters and schemes to make her happy, while Aisha fights for her freedom to be a normal teenager looking for love. Then she has a health setback that sends the film into a painful finale that slowly unfolds. In a misty-eyed epilogue, Niren shows family videos of happier times.

The title comes from an episode at Ishaan’s school when he is mocked for coloring the sky pink in a drawing. “You can color the sky any color you want,” says Chopra fiercely, expressing her family’s theory of life. Sporting a casual ponytail as a younger woman and a short wig in later years, she’s magnetic on the screen even as an anxious mother. Akhtar has the down-to-earth appeal of the perfect husband who, it is said, has “unconditional love” for his wife. Taken together, they’re too good to be true.

The Sky Is Pink Movie Cast & Crew

The Sky Is Pink Cast

The Sky Is Pink Cast

Production companies: RSVP, Roy Kapur Films, Ivanhoe Pictures, Purple Pebble Pictures
Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Saraf
Director: Shonali Bose
Screenwriters: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar
Producers: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, John Penotti
Executive producers: Nilesh Maniyar, Deepak Gawade
Directors of photography: Kartik Vijay, Nick Cooke, Andrew Litt, Andre Menezes, Ravi Varman
Production designer: Aradhana Seth
Editor: Manas Mittal
Music: Pritam
Venue: Toronto Film Festival (Gala Presentations)
World sales: RSVP

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Reviews & Ratings

The Sky Is Pink Movie Soundtrack album

Released 4 October 2019
Recorded 2018-2019
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 21:08
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
Producer Meghdeep Bose

Verdict

For those who like head-on, immersive emotional experiences at the movies, The Sky Is Pink may be a direct hit. It makes a lot more demands on the heartstrings. Soon we will update…

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