Farhan Akhtar Talks About the Universal Appeal of The Sky is Pink
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Farhan Akhtar Talks About the Universal Appeal of The Sky is Pink

Farhan Akhtar will next be seen on the big screen as Niren Chaudhary in The Sky is Pink, which is slated to release on 11th October.

Farhan Akhtar will soon be seen on the silver screen in The Sky is Pink, releasing on 11th October, after having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 13th September. In an interview with IANS, the actor shared his thoughts on the global reception and appreciation of Indian films. He said, "I would say it depends on film. If the film is driven by the content that a non-Diaspora audience can connect to, then they appreciate it. The Sky Is Plink received appreciation from the international audience because of its story -- of a couple and their children, and their emotional bond as parents and children. This is not an Indian emotion, this is universal. When we tell a story that anyone can identify with, if it has strong relatability, it gets appreciation beyond language. Then, colour, race, and culture make no difference."

The Sky is Pink, directed by Shonali Bose, is based on the true story of Aisha Chaudhary, an Indian author and motivational speaker, who passed away at the age of 18 due to a terminal illness. The story revolves around her parents, Niren Chaudhary (played by Farhan) and Aditi Chaudhary (portrayed by Priyanka Chopra), and their love story spanning 25 years.

On playing Niren’s character, Farhan said one can “find heroes in most ordinary people, who are doing extraordinary things.”
He said Niren and Aditi are “really extraordinary people as a couple and as parents dealing with difficulties in daily life.” He added that Niren and his wife’s story was fascinating as the couple handled the tough time [Aisha’s illness] with dignity, love and grace." The film, produced by Priyanka Chopra, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, also stars Zaira Wasim (as Aisha) and Rohit Suresh Saraf (as Aisha’s brother Ishaan Chaudhary).

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.