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Review: 'The Sky is Pink' is beautiful; leaves you with a heavy heart and a smile

Rating: 4/5 | Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf


Not very often do we see filmmakers choosing subject like 'death' to showcase their perception of such a delicate matter. But Shonali Bose and her story once again succeeds in winning my heart, despite the fragile topic. It's not only about death, but also how people, who are counting days, often teach us the most important motive of life, that is to live it, on your terms, with no apprehension whatsoever. In one dialogue, Aditi (played by Priyanka Chopra) tells her son, Ishaan, to be who he is, and not change for anyone else. She said, 'if according to you the colour of your sky is pink, so be it. That's your choice for your sky. Don't let anyone change it,' and she had me at that.

Based on a true story, The Sky is Pink revolves around the life of the Chaudhary family. Aisha (played by Zaira Wasim) is born with Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare condition with poor immune system, often giving the person a lifespan of less than a year. But Aditi (Priyanka) and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) do their best in leaving no stone unturned for their daughter. They succeed, and Aisha lives longer, until she is diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Now in her teens, Aisha understands that there is no cure, and embraces the remaining days with courage, and gathers the same for her family. 

Firstly, the team of 'The Sky is Pink' deserves an applause for handling this subject with so much love and care. Sonali Bose is the hero of the film and the efforts of the team pay off. The film is high on emotions, drama and is layered very well, thereby emphasising well on individual relationships. Through the 149 minutes, the film will make you smile, laugh, cry and worried - and the credit for this narrative goes to Shonali and Nilesh Maniyar who have co-written the screenplay. Writer Juhi Chaturvedi also pens the meaningful dialogues and some would remain with you even after the film. 

Performances by the entire cast is worth appreciating. Priyanka Chopra as Aditi Chaudhary comes across strong yet vulnerable. Farhan, on the other hand, portrays the composed and caring side in the first half, but closer to the climax also shows the emotional side of a father. Their emotions would make you realise what the real Aditi and Niren would have gone through, in the difficult time, as parents. Zaira Wasim as Aisha Chaudhary, delivers her best. With every film she surpasses herself and sets new benchmark. Her work will give you both the strength and will make you cry. Rohit Saraf as Ishaan comes across as a supportive brother. He shines in his role by standing besides his family and his work in the second half will make every brother emotional for his sibling(s). 

While the story and performances make the mark, two aspects of the film would bother you a tad bit. The Sky is Pink will seem a bit long, and the editing of the film could have been sharper in the second half. Once the premise is set, the story and emotions orbit at one point, and that might disappoint you for few minutes. The album of the film by Pritam does not standout as much as the film does. For a strong subject dealt with, the songs are well placed, but do not linger, both during or post the film. 

To summarise, The Sky is Pink is one of the best films released this year. While it deals with a subject. we all fear about, it teaches us valuable lessons, effortlessly. It takes a courageous heart to embrace death with a smile, and celebrate the life, our loved ones have lived, for it was the best they could have. Shonali Bose succeeds in making us a part of her vision. Personally, it is one of my favourites of the year, and I urge you to watch it. 

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