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Movie Review: The Sky Is Pink

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Producers- Priyanka Chopra, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Kapur

Director- Shonali Bose

Star Cast- Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Saraf

Genre- Social

Rating- ***

Heart Rending Saga!

Jyothi Venkatesh

When you set out to watch ‘The Sky is Pink’ it will definitely create a stir as your heart goes out traumatic and trying times that they go through. Based on a true story, ‘The Sky is Pink’ about a motivational speaker and author of My Little Epiphanies, Aisha Chaudhary who passed away when she was only 18 and the Chaudhary family and their zest for making every moment count, despite the extremely makes you teary eyed and touches an emotional chord right from the word go.

The film begins with Aisha’s (Zaira Wasim) lively voiceover, which draws us into Aditi (Priyanka Chopra) and Niren’s (Farhan Akhtar) life instantly. Sadly, their life turns upside down almost right after Aisha’s birth. It is gut-wrenching to watch Aditi and Niren keep their spirits intact as they go through a grueling time trying to raise funds for their child’s treatment in London.

Kudos to Priyanka Chopra for her remarkable portrayal as Aditi, the mom who is very determined to the point of being obsessed with making her child live life to the fullest. You can almost feel her grief and pain all through her character spanning graph across two decades. Not every actress today will be gutsy enough to say yes to play a character which is the mother of two grown up teenage children, like Priyana has done.

Farhan Akhtar too, pulls off a commendable performance as the supportive husband and the doting dad whose emotions are not always on display, yet palpable, with a lot of restraint. It is indeed a pity that this will be  Zaira Wasim’s last outing as she is quitting acting in films, especially when she sets out to  breathe life into every moment that she is on screen, making you suppress your tears. While Rohit Saraf who is winsome and supportive to the hilt of his sister and is a brilliant discovery, sadly he has not been given ample opportunity to prove his prowess as an actor.

On the flip side, the film is far too long with the director resorting to flashback after flashback every now and then with the avowed intention to show Aisha’s parents’ inter-caste marriage, her mom Adiiti’s religious conversion, feelings on abortion and comical courtship episodes. However the scenes which make you you’re your tears are when she ensures that her daughter has all possible experiences in whatever time left and plot her date with her crush, gets her a publisher to come up with her book before she breathes her last and go scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar, all of which take its toll on her health.

On the whole, The Sky Is Blue is an experience to cherish, coming as it does from a director who has flair to make you soak in tears like she did earlier with her films like Amu and ‘Margaret with a Straw’. Go for it, before it disappears from the theatres as this heart rending saga is designed more for the classes than for the masses.

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