Watching the Indian and Pakistani films in a far off land is not a piece of cake. On the other hand, watching a film in your own language when you have no access to much delights from the desi culture is therapeutic. Since ‘The Sky Is Pink’ was very much on my mind since the film’s active promotions by Priyanka Chopra and other members of the team, there was no point in missing it even if it meant catching a forty-five minutes train in rain to the distant desi cinema. As a personal choice, I refrain from watching any film which might trigger my vulnerable side. But as mentioned earlier, watching ‘The Sky Is Pink’ was a must.
The film begins with the strong yet understated voice of Zaira Wasim
To my surprise, the cinema was already full which quite a rarity for desi films here. The crowd included people from all ethnicities considering the global appeal of Priyanka Chopra. The film begins with Zaira Wasim’s voice who has passed away but is there to narrate the story of her parents Aditi and Niren Chaudhry. One wonders what the film has to offer if the death of the young girl has already been told, but then you recall that it is a true story. Aisha Chaudhry (Zaira Wasim) narrates the love story of her parents starting from the days when they courted each other despite being from different backgrounds.
The spirit of immigrant community in London shines through
The very much in love couple is shattered when they discover that their newborn child has an immune disorder. Despite not being affluent enough, they decide to take her to London. The couple had already lost their eldest daughter to the same issue hence did not want to take any risk with Aisha. The film shows the unique bond between the immigrant community of London as they collect funds for the treatment of little Aisha which required a hefty sum of 120,000 British pounds. As time passed, Aisha got better but she had to stay in London with her mother Priyanka Chopra while father Farhan Akhtar stayed in Delhi with Aisha’s elder brother Ishaan. The parents Aditi and Niren Chaudhry make their long-distance relationship work despite the adversities and financial complications.
Aisha Chaudhry died at the age of eighteen but lived a life fuller than many at the age of 78
As the film unfolds, we come across Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf as the siblings who share a unique bond. Despite her illness, Aisha is a fireless and lively young girl who loves to live every moment of life to her fullest. Although the film’s central plot revolves around losing the young Aisha, it is a story of hope and struggling till the last breath. Aisha dies at the age of eighteen but lives a life fuller than many who get to live for 78 years.
'The Sky Is Pink' makes you laugh and cry at the same time
This film makes you cry and laugh at the same time. It is a riot of emotions that also evoke the viewer's inner vulnerability. Priyanka Chopra has probably given the best performance of her life. Unlike many other actresses, she did not shy away from playing the role of a fifty-year-old woman who was the mother to two grown-up children. The strength of her character is an inspiration for many women who are undergoing similar or even more difficult circumstances in life. Farhan Akhtar’s acting is subtle yet explains the conflict and tensions within him as he does his level best to save his daughter.
Knowing that Zaira Wasim will not appear on the big screen anymore is a heartbreak
The Sky is Pink makes you even sadder for the reason that it is Zaira Wasim’s last film. The young actress is a natural and born to create wonders on the big screen. She has the ability to deliver even the most difficult character naturally with complete ease and no signs of discomfort. From her impactful narration to her breaking and shaking acting skills as she asks her father if dying at 28 was better than dying at 18, Zaira Wasim has left a mark on the hearts of the audience.
'The Sky Is Pink' is not the regular Bollywood film
Although it is very unlike the regular Bollywood films, The Sky is Pink has some beautiful musical tracks which have only added to the beauty of the film. The screenplay does fall flat at times but it does not matter much due to the intensity of emotions played by all the characters in the film. ‘The Sky Is Pink’ is a film that stays with you and changes your perspective towards life. As Winnie the Pooh said that one day everyone would die but for the rest of the days we would live, The Sky Is Pink makes you realize the importance of life and relationships. It does not let you sway away from the screen and distract your minds with its captivating storytelling that digs deep into the hearts of the viewers. The film is cathartic and therapeutic simultaneously. Hence, it is about time to hit the cinemas and watch it right away.