Based on the real life story of Aisha Chaudhary, director Shonali Bose paints a bittersweet, weepie pink sky, shading in some facets of unconditional love, tender relations and dealing with death.
Rating – 3 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐
Emotionally difficult, soul-numbing films such as ‘PS I Love You’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, involving a terminal illness and a striking from-the-grave portion, have undoubtedly mastered the ability hit their watchers’ emotional chord, leaving them with equal numbers of tears and smiles while urging them to reevaluate love and life as we know it. Director Shonali Bose pretty much attempts to do the same with her ‘The Sky Is Pink’, except, she turns the intensity up a notch, making this movie slightly too difficult to digest.
Childhood sweethearts Aditi (Priyanka Chopra) and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) fall in love and get married. They have a son Ishaan (Rohit Saraf) and a few years later, give birth to a baby girl Aisha (Zaira Wasim) born with a rare genetic immune defect called SCID. After moving to London for a couple of years and facing the expected middle-class hardships, they succeed in raising £1,20,000 for Aisha’s treatment and eventually, overcome their financial crisis and shift back to their hometown Delhi. What follows is an emotionally traumatic adventure, focusing on family bond, Aditi-Niren’s chemistry, and individual strength as they discover Aisha is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis as a side-effect to her SCID treatment.
The Sky Is Pink lacks a proper structure and rhythm – the films makes use of superfluous flashbacks and flashforwards and inconveniently alters the pace throughout its length. This technique possibly posed as a parallel to real life, which, of course, is erratic and unpredictable. However, not only did this make it tiresome to keep up with Aisha Chaudhary’s storytelling but, to some extent, also ate away from the audience’s attention span, which should have ideally been channeled towards understanding and connecting with the story in its entirety.
“ Tumhara sky kissi bhi colour ka ho sakta hai, agar main chaahu ki mera sky pink ho, toh voh pink hi hoga!”
Writer Juhi Chaturvedi definitely has a way with her perfect character development. Her flawless personality sketch combined with Priyanka Chopra’s lethal acting gave the film its heart and soul. Scenes involving Mrs. Chopra Jonas were the ones to absolutely look forward to and served as the most purposeful parts in this 2 hour 15 minute sob-fest. The palpable Priyanka-Farhan chemistry was another winning factor – their respective performances went hand in hand and worked strategically to portray two passionate romantic lovers as well as two brave, composed parents. Might I mention, it was quite refreshing and relatable to watch a film that depicts dealing with difficult situations so vividly and actually attempts to give strength to its audience.
Having said that, Zaira Wasim’s incessant narration was exhausting and would have benefitted with some further editing and pauses. Rohit Saraf, though, was by far the most admirable charming character and has certainly succeeded in creating quite a fan-following for him.
My last words – carefully weaved story that requires too much attention to be watched wholeheartedly. This Shonali Bose directorial definitely deserves a visit to the theatres, but only if you have the patience and strength to smile through your tears.
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