The Sky is Pink, directed by Shonali Bose (of Margarita with a Straw fame) is a story filled with love and light, even though it deals with loss. The film clearly shows the various ups and downs that Aditi and Niren Chaudhary (played by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar) face after the death of their teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary (played by Zaria Wasim). It is a tale that stirs different emotions in the minds of the audience.
The film captures the real moments the Chaudhary family face, thereby bringing the audience even deeper into their on-screen lives. And yet, there is a light touch to how the dark and dreadful subject of death and sickness is treated. Every scene is filled with positive emotions that keep this family strong and connected to each other. The film takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Every scene can leave you teary-eyed or light-hearted, leaving you contemplating just how intertwined life and death really are.
Aisha Chaudhary was born with SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency) and underwent her first bone marrow transplant when she was six months old. As a side effect of the bone marrow transplant, she developed pulmonary fibrosis, a serious lung disease. Despite her illness, Aisha went on to write her own book called My Little Epiphanies and became a motivational speaker. She became an inspiration to many before she lost her battle in January 2014.
A story about death, filled with life
There is a scene where a young boy tells his mom that he was bullied by his classmates for colouring the sky pink. The mother assures the child that the colour of his sky can be anything he wants. This is the message told throughout the film -- live life on your own terms. The idea that you can paint the sky with the colour you want gives a deeper meaning to the title of the film.
Priyanka Chopra plays the role of a fiercely loving mother who will do anything to keep her daughter happy and healthy. Zaria Wasim brings the character of Aisha Chaudhary alive. So much so that even after death, she is not really gone. Rohit Saraf who played Ishaan Chaudhary, Aisha’s elder brother, evocatively brings out the strong relationship between the siblings. For me personally, the film left me feeling much closer to my family. I was teary eyed by the end of it.
Shonali Bose’s deft and subtle treatment has created a film that helps you, the viewer, connect deeply with the Chaudhary family and what they go through. Happiness is a choice and so is living each moment fully. That is the message the film conveys so beautifully.