Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Zahira Waseem
Director: Shonali Bose
What’s it about:
Based on true events, The Sky is Pink is the story of the Chaudhary's - an ordinary Indian family in an extraordinary situation due to their child ailing Aisha, who is diagnosed with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency from birth. As the fatal condition takes its toll on Aisha, her family rallies around her to ensure they breathe life into her living moments.
Human emotions are universal. And this the language that this film speaks to its audience. Fatal medical illnesses are not a rarity and the world is filled with sorrows due to varied diseases that plague us. On the face of it, Aisha Chaudhary’s (played by Zahira Waseem) story is ordinary. So many children are diagnosed with terminal fatal life-threatening conditions, but usually, a sick child throws the entire family into a downward spiral. The reason Aisha’s story is extraordinary is because of her persistent parents. A rock-solid mother Aditi (played by Priyanka Chopra) and a stoic father Niren (Farhan Akhtar). Together, they take us through a whirlwind of emotions as we live their stories on screen.
The true heroes of director Shonali Bose’s film are its strong writing, real characters, and performances. Leading in them is Priyanka Chopra, who is also the co-producer of the film. PC makes the character of Aditi so likable with all her trappings of a mother on a mission to save her child at any cost. Priyanka infuses so much conviction into the character of Aditi that you never disconnect from her. She holds not just the family but also the film together. Farhan matches her at every step playing the strong and vulnerable Niren with such commendable restraint. Zahira Waseem’s character though central has less scope to perform. The rest of the characters barely get a chance to shine in the mix. But the film scores on realism and honesty in every frame. Sure there some loopholes in binding the story together, missing a few explainers here and there, but they don’t affect the overall fabric of the film that is immensely moving.
Even with all its sensitivity and emotions, the narrative is not a tear-jerker. It is lively and momentous that makes you look forward to life despite its various unsurmountable challenges.